Center leader Marja Jäättelä awarded prestigious women’s award

Marja Jaattela_fotograf Tomas BertelsenMarja Jäättelä, leader of the Center for Autophagy, Recycling and Disease at the Danish Cancer Society, was awarded the ‘Suffrage Science Award’ by the Royal Society in London on March 8th.

The award, which this year was presented to 12 women in science, is passed from one female researcher to the next every 2 years.

Awardees receive a piece of limited-edition, hand-crafted heirloom jewelry, specially designed by Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, that is reminiscent of the jewelry worn by prominent suffragettes.

The purpose of the award is to celebrate the achievements of leading female scientists and researchers, who also serve as role models for other women in science.

Anja Groth from the University of Copenhagen was awarded this prize two years ago, and she now presents it to Marja Jäättelä.

“Marja sees the possibilities for success rather than the obstacles, and that is an incredibly important quality in research. At the same time, she stands by her beliefs, and she is not afraid to ask critical questions. She has charisma and an aura of ‘you can do what you want’. This drive is something she passes on, and it has been a great inspiration to me,” says Anja Groth.