Award 

Nature Awards for Inspiring Women in Science

Nature Awards for Inspiring Women in Science, in Partnership with the Estee Lauder Companies

Judges

The judging panels for both categories will be responsible for shortlisting applicants and picking the winner for each category. The judging panels consist of staff from Nature Portfolio, academic scientists, external experts working in organizations supporting access to science for women and our corporate partner, The Estée Lauder Companies. Each judging panel will be independent with a chief judge for each award category who will coordinate the judging process.

Additional judges will be added soon, please check back.

Scientific Achievement Category Award Panel

black and white headshot of Nicky DeanNicky Dean is the chief editor of Nature Energy, which began publication in January 2016. He joined Nature Research in July 2011 as an editor for Nature Communications, where he handled a broad range of manuscripts across applied and fundamental physics and photonics, including solar cells and light-trapping structures for energy harvesting. He was also team manager for physics and Earth sciences, before leaving to launch Nature Energy in April 2015. Prior to becoming an editor, Nicky gained his DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he studied ultrafast dynamics in correlated electron materials using time-resolved spectroscopy. His subsequent postdoctoral studies for the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter involved characterizing and controlling the magnetic behaviour of multiferroics using nonlinear optical techniques.

 

black and white headshot of Arianne HeinrichsArianne Heinrichs is editorial director, life sciences, for the Nature Research and BMC community journals. She has over 20 years of editorial and publishing experience, and was previously editorial director of the Nature Reviews journals portfolio, chief editor of Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology and a senior editor of Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. She is a molecular biologist by training, who gained a PhD from the University of Cambridge and did postdoctoral work at Imperial College London.

 

black and white headshot of Lisa NapolioneLisa Napolione is senior vice president of global research & development, The Estée Lauder Companies, with responsibilities for applied research, advanced technologies, and product design for all brands and laboratories. Previously, she held roles as global head of R&D for Novartis Consumer Health and R&D VP at Procter & Gamble. Her technical career has spanned pharmaceutical drug delivery, skin and beauty science. Lisa graduated from Clarkson University in Chemical Engineering and Biology, and she currently leads their Faculty Research Sub-Committee. She is an active mentor to students in STEM, is a Women in Technology sponsor and is a YMCA Rising Star.

 

black and white headshot of Nadine PernodetNadine Pernodet, Ph.D., senior vice president, global research & development - skin biology & bioactives, leads the skin biology & bioactives groups for The Estée Lauder Companies and defines the future of skincare for global products, including the iconic Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. She has published over 50 articles and peer-reviewed scientific publications and is the holder of over 130 patents. Prior to her current position, she was an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Materials Science, Molecular & Chemical Engineering, and continues her relationship as an adjunct professor. Originally from France, Dr Pernodet received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Louis Pasteur University.

 

black and white headshot of Magdalena SkipperMagdalena Skipper is editor in chief of Nature. She is a geneticist by training. She did her doctoral work at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at CRUK in London, UK. She has considerable editorial and publishing experience: having started in Nature Publishing Group in 2001, she was chief editor of Nature Reviews Genetics, senior editor for genetics and genomics at Nature, and more recently editor in chief of Nature Communications.  She is passionate about mentorship, transparent science and positive research culture.

 

 

Science Outreach Category Award Panel.

black and white headshot of Marios KarouzosMarios Karouzos is an astronomer by training, with an expertise in black holes and the galaxies they live in. As one of the launching editors of Nature Astronomy, he has been with Springer Nature since 2016, currently working as a publishing manager for the Nature Portfolio. In addition to his role as a member of the editorial steering committee and a judge for the Nature Awards, he also chairs the Springer Nature SDG 5 "Gender equality" workshop group.

 

black and white headshot of Juliane MossingerJuliane Mössinger is a senior editor at Nature. She has over 15 years of editorial experience and looks after the journal’s biogeochemistry, environmental sciences, atmospheric chemistry and geomorphology content. She obtained her PhD in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Cambridge and was a Tucker Price Research Fellow in Chemistry at Girton College, Cambridge.

 

black and white headshot of Lisa NapolioneLisa Napolione is senior vice president of global research & development, The Estée Lauder Companies, with responsibilities for applied research, advanced technologies, and product design for all brands and laboratories. Previously, she held roles as global head of R&D for Novartis Consumer Health and R&D VP at Procter & Gamble. Her technical career has spanned pharmaceutical drug delivery, skin and beauty science. Lisa graduated from Clarkson University in Chemical Engineering and Biology, and she currently leads their Faculty Research Sub-Committee. She is an active mentor to students in STEM, is a Women in Technology sponsor and is a YMCA Rising Star.

 

black and white headshot of Subhra PriyadarshiniSubhra Priyadarshini is the chief editor of Nature India and co-chair of Springer Nature’s employee network SN Women.  In both her roles, she leads a number of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) activities, specially focused on women in science and science publishing. Through Nature India’s outreach activities, Subhra trains scientists and health professionals in effective science communication. She has mentored the FameLab competition to hunt for the best science communicators in India and helms the Nature India-Wellcome Trust Science Media Fellowships. Subhra also trains health and medical journalists at a Google News supported initiative to combat medical misinformation.

 

black and white headshot of Sarah VickerySarah Vickery, Ph.D., is vice president of scientific communications for The Estée Lauder Companies Research & Development and was recently recognized as an Estée Lauder Companies Fellow in acknowledgement of her deep scientific and technical communications expertise. In this role, she develops strategic corporate and branded credentialing strategies and spearheads new partnerships with academic research and science media institutions. She has a passion for scientific storytelling and for highlighting the achievements of women in STEM.  Sarah has a BA in English Literature, a BS in Chemistry and received her Ph.D. in BioAnalytical Chemistry, for which she studied biological systems at the nanometer scale with near-field optics techniques.


black and white headshot of Vani MahadevanVani Mahadevan is a qualified accountant who has been actively involved in Project Management and entrepreneurship for over 25 years. Vani is a seasoned entrepreneur who has successfully co-founded and run ventures in the past including StartupMalaysia where she designs, develops and implements programs and projects that help young people become more entrepreneurial in their thinking. Vani co-founded TechSprint Academy in 2019 after realising the gender inequality in the tech industry and seeing that women need additional support to step into these careers which can give them flexibility as they juggle multiple commitments. Having taken a career break herself, Vani understood the challenges involved in making a successful career comeback and designed Rebound as a not-for profit initiative to help and support other women in their own journeys. Vani loves to read, travel and is also passionate about the climate and expresses this through cooking and helping people adopt a more plant based lifestyle.