At an official ceremony, held on the 22 October 2015, Zaida Conesa del Valle, a researcher at the Institute of Physics (IPN) in Orsay and convener of the ALICE heavy flavour group, received the Bronze medal of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. The CNRS Bronze Medal recognizes talented researchers’ first work and encourages them to continue working to further their success.
The award was presented by Dominique Guillemaud-Mueller, Deputy scientific director of the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3), and Bruno Espagnon, division director at INP.
In 2008 Zaida had won the ALICE Thesis Award for her outstanding thesis: “Performance of the ALICE Muon Spectrometer. Weak Boson Production and Measurement in Heavy Ion Collisions at the LHC”. She continued working in ALICE as a research fellow and is an expert in charm production in heavy ion ultrarelativistic collisions. In addition to her research, she is also involved in education and the dissemination of scientific culture with her participation in “La main à la pâte” Foundation and in masterclasses, which aim to develop inquiry-based science education in primary and secondary schools.