Fifteen young researchers in the life sciences, originating from all five continents, received at UNESCO Headquarters the UNESCO- L’ORÉAL International Fellowships for Women in Science, Awarded annually since 2000, the fellowships allow post-doctoral students to pursue their research in a host laboratory located outside their country of origin.
The 2007 UNESCO-L'ORÉAL Fellows are:
Christine OUINSAVI (Benin) Forest biology
Mestawet Taye ASFAW (Ethiopia) Food science
Khady Nani DRAMÉ (Senegal) Plant Biotechnology
Latin America – Caribbean
Laura ECHARTE (Argentina) Crop Physiology
Venetia BRIGGS (Belize) Behavioral Ecology
Nancy CHANDIA (Chile) Organic Chemistry
Fenny DWIVANY (Indonesia) Molecular Biology
Barno SULTANOVA (Uzbekistan) Biotechnology
Chawanee THONGPANCHANG (Thailand) Medicinal Chemistry
Rhimou BOUHLAL (Morocco) Marine biology
Fatima ABBAS (Sudan) Plant molecular biology
Sarrah BEN M’BAREK (Tunisia) Plant Biotechnology
Petra KLEPAC (Croatia) Epidemiology
Irene CHIOLO (Italy) Molecular Biology
Gisella CRUZ GARCIA (Netherlands) Conservation Biology/Ecology
During the 22 February 2007 award ceremony, Béatrice Dautresme, Vice President, Corporate Communications and External Relations for L’ORÉAL, and Walter Erdelen, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO, both expressed commitment to supporting young women who have chosen scientific vocations. Since 2006, these fellowships are worth a maximum of US$40,000 over two years.
Launched in 1998, the L’ORÉAL-UNESCO programme “For Women in Science” brings together as partners an intergovernmental organization and a private company in order to create projects aimed at supporting women scientists. To date, more than 350 women researchers worldwide have benefited from the unique programme.
Click below to read in full UNESCO Press Release N°2007-14 of 21-02-2007
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