The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have presented the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards to five outstanding women scientists. Each woman represents a unique career path combining exceptional talent, a deep commitment to her profession and remarkable courage in a field still largely dominated by men, according to L’Oréal.
On March 19, at the Sorbonne in Paris, an awards ceremony was presided over by professor Günter Blobel, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Candidates for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards were nominated by a network of more than 1,000 international scientists. The five Laureates were selected by an independent jury, chaired by Blobel, and composed of 12 members of the international scientific community. The honorees were:
Europe: Professor Brigitte Kieffer, Neurobiology. Professor, University of Strasbourg, France; Research Director, Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire (IGBMC), Illkrich, France; Scientific Director, Douglas Institute Research Center, McGill University, Montréal, Canada.
North America: Professor Laurie Gilmcher, Immunology and Medicine; Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA; Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Latin America: Professor Cecilia Bouzat, Biophysics. Member of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Buenos Aires; Professor, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahia Bianca; Deputy Director, Institute of Biochemical Research of Bahia Bianca (INIBIBB), Argentina.
Asia/Pacific: Professor Kayo Inaba, Immunology & Medicine, Professor, Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University, Japan; vice-president for Gender Equality and director of the Center for Women Researchers, Kyoto University, Japan.
Africa and the Arab States: Doctor Segenet Kelemu, Biology & Plant Pathology, Director General, International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya.