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07 Nov 2017

EC commemorates 150th anniversary of birth of Marie Skłodowska-Curie

In a speech given by Tibor Navracics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, the EC commemorates the 150th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska-Curie's birth, on 7 November. The Commissioner highlighted Marie Skłodowska-Curie's achievements as the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only female scientist who was awarded the Prize twice, in both physics and chemistry. Marie Skłodowska-Curie discovered two new elements, polonium and radium, which led to the founding of the discipline of atomic physics. Marie Skłodowska-Curie succeeded in studying abroad when almost all universities were closed to women. Mr. Navracics expressed his admiration for both her scientific achievements and "for her courage in breaking barriers and helping to redefine the role of women in science and society".

He then pointed out the merits of the EU programme for researchers named after Marie Skłodowska-Curie, supporting highly-skilled researchers, boosting their careers and helping to bring about major scientific discoveries. Over the past 20 years, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions have supported more than 100 000 researchers with EUR 11 billion, at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. 40% of those who received this supporte are women. The Commissioner added that he was proud that nine researchers involved in the programme had subsequently been awarded the Nobel Prize. He stated that the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions "are renowned for setting standards for quality training, attractive working conditions and open recruitment throughout the European Research Area" and said that they "play an eminent role in making Europe the leading hub for a new generation of global talent".

For more information:

Commissioner Navracics' speech

MSCA Work Programme 2018-2020

MSCA Factsheet

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