Congratulations to CESET PI Vanesa on her AXA Award for Climate Science

21st July, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Professor Vanesa Castán Broto has been awarded a AXA Award for her contributions to Climate Science

Vanesa is one of only four outstanding scientists selected by the AXA Research Fund’s independent Scientific Board for her ground-breaking work in the field of climate change. 

AXA is a leader in corporate climate change and biodiversity commitments with a comprehensive strategy that leverages business expertise to find solutions to climate change adaptation. These actions include the development of divestment policies from coal as early as 2015, green (and brown) investment funds as well as innovative insurance products and financial Instruments to promote low carbon solutions. 

AXA has made climate and the environment a priority for its scientific philanthropy initiative, the AXA Research Fund with over 230 funded projects focusing on the issues of climate and the environment. Most recently, the AXA Research Fund launched the AXA Awards for Climate Science to reward researchers who are recognized by their peers for their ground-breaking work in the field of climate change. 

In January 2021, the AXA Research Fund issued a call for nominations that resulted in four outstanding scientists selected by the Fund’s independent Scientific Board. The Four Awardees are respectively working on advancing the understanding of climate evolution, informing the predictability of occurrence and impact of extreme weather events such as heat waves and storms, describing and mitigating the effects of climate change on inequalities, and promoting more resilient and fairer societies that are better prepared to face future global changes.​

The award is for “Responding to Climate Change while Advancing Social Justice and Reducing Inequality in Urban Areas”. Most emissions in the next century will be emitted by infrastructures that are yet to be built, particularly in rapidly urbanising areas where infrastructure is lacking. Vanesa examines the social impact of actions to adapt and mitigate climate change in urban areas and how urban communities produce climate innovations that respond to their own needs and challenges.

Watch the video and read the interview:



Vanesa's award video

Climate science is key to understanding and adapting to climate change and alleviating its effect on livelihoods – both of humans and nature. Supporting transformational research in the area of climate change and the environment is key to our future, as is the dissemination of findings to better inform decision-making. 

Marie Bogataj, Head of the AXA Research Fund and Group Foresight