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Thursday, March 10, 2016

2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science awards to honour five

The international scientific community will gather for the 18th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, to celebrate 5 exceptional women scientists and their groundbreaking works, alongside 15 promising young researchers, reports ITRealms.

According to the organisers, in the face of unprecedented global challenges, from climate change to healthcare to sustainable energy, their discoveries offer new solutions and answers vital questions, which shows that women in science have the power to change the world.

ITRealms also gathered that the 2016 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards which began in 1998 aims to ensure that research in every field takes full advantage of the intelligence, creativity and passion of one-half of the population of the planet.

Helen Da Fonseca of L’Oréal South Africa said, “Over the past 18 years, the program has honoured 92 distinguished Laureates and supported 2,438 greatly talented women for their outstanding accomplishments that contribute to making the world a better place.”

This year, she also said, five brilliant women would be recognised from each of the following regions including Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.

“The 5 Laureates were nominated by more than 2,600 leading scientists and then selected by an independent and international jury of 13 prominent scientists in the global scientific community. Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn, 2008 Laureate L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science, 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is this year President of the jury and the first woman to be at the head of the Jury in the history of the Awards,” she said.

Pointing out that the 2016 Edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards celebrates the tenacity, the creativity and the intelligence of 5 eminent women scientists, stressing they would be awarded on March 24th at the Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne in Paris and will receive a Prize of €100,000 each to reward their contribution to science.

The winners of this year include Professor Quarraisha ABDOOL KARIM of CAPRISA, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa for empowering women to help prevent HIV infection in Africa.

Professor Hualan CHEN of the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Harbin, China for protecting lives from deadly flu viruses. And Professor Andrea GAMARNIK of the Molecular Virology Laboratory, Fundación Instituto Leloir, Conicet, Buenos Aires, Argentina for limiting the spread of Dengue virus.

In addition, Professor Emmanuelle CHARPENTIER of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany is being honoured for reinventing genetic research. While Professor Jennifer DOUDNA of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, United States, also for reinventing genetic research with the power to ‘rewrite’ DNA.

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