L’Oréal and UNESCO honours three outstanding women scientists in its annual award to inspire the next generation of Malaysian women scientists.
Three women scientists in Malaysia have won the coveted L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. The award, announced on October 24 2017, recognised the research of three women that tackle global challenges while potentially saving the lives of millions.
If you’re thinking that a partnership between a cosmetics brand like L’Oreal and UNESCO, the United Nations’s arm dedicated to promoting science and education, sounds like strange bedfellows, we wouldn’t blame you. But L’Oréal has been celebrating women’s confidence for over a century while UNESCO has also advocated for gender equality in the science since 1945. Hence the award. The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship was created to recognise and promote the contribution of women scientists and to boost awareness and interest in science among Malaysians.
This annual award is open to all Malaysian women researchers or scientists under the age of 40 years, who are PhD holders or currently pursuing research studies in any scientific field, and attracted 208 entries this year. Each entry was judged based on a comprehensive set of criteria by a jury panel led by Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr. Mazlan Othman, Program Director of the Academy of Science Malaysia.
Since the award’s inception in 2006, over RM900,000 in research grants have been presented to 38 outstanding women scientists. Now get to know this year’s winners!