Descartes-Huygens Prize ceremony

12 February 2021 from 16:00 to 17:00 hrs
Online via Zoom
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During this festive event the French physicist Halima Mouhib and the Dutch evolutionary ecologist Rampal Etienne will receive the 2020 Descartes-Huygens Prize.

Halima Mouhib is an associate professor at the Université Gustave Eiffel. She specialises in theoretical chemistry, multi-scale simulations and high-resolution spectroscopy. Mouhib’s mission is to understand fragrances and the mechanisms underlying the human sense of smell.

Rampal Etienne, professor at the University of Groningen and researcher at the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, specialises in evolutionary ecology. His research explores how an ecological community made up of all kinds of organisms influences the emergence of new species and their evolution.

About the Descartes-Huygens Prize

The annual Descartes-Huygens Prize was established by the French and Dutch governments in 1995 to recognise researchers for their outstanding work and their contribution to Franco-Dutch relations. An Academy jury selects the French laureate. The Dutch candidate is selected by the Académie des Sciences. The prize money (€ 23,000) is intended to cover the cost of their research residence in the Netherlands and France respectively.