Cecilia Ceccarelli, 54 years old, is an astronomer at the Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble since 2003. In 1982 she obtained her PhD, entitled “The anisotropies of the Cosmic Microwave Background” at the University La Sapienza (Rome, Italy). Between 1984 and 2003 she worked as an engineer in Milan (Italy), staff member at the Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario Rome (Italy), NASA associate researcher (CA, USA), associate astronomer at Grenoble, and 2nd class astronomer at Bordeaux (France). Her research focuses on star formation, specifically sun-like stars, astrochemistry, and the development of computer codes useful to model and interpret the observations related to the field. She has held multiple responsibilities, such as head of the Astrochemistry group in Grenoble and P.I. of several large international projects, and she has supervised a total of 11 PhD students. In 2006 she won the Prix Irène Joliot-Curie "Femme Scientifique de l'année", from the French Minister for Research.