BEIRUT: Women make up less than a third of all scientists working today, according to L’Oréal-UNESCO data.
The L’Oréal Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO and the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) of Lebanon, honored six talented young Arab women scientists for the quality of their research on Thursday at the American University of Beirut.
Three fellowships amounting to ten thousand Euros were granted to three postdoctoral researchers and three other fellowships amounting to six thousand Euros were granted to three Arab women pursuing a Ph.D. (doctoral degree). The honored participants came from eclectic Levant countries including Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Iraq.
The Lebanese researchers who were honored at the ceremony were Tamara Salloum, Layla El Moussawi, and Laura-Joy Boulos.
Salloum's study examined the genome evolution of Leishmania parasite to help develop new therapeutic approaches and vaccines. El Moussawi's research examined cell and molecular biology. Boulos' research studied new tools from neuroscience and artificial intelligence that can assist humans in making decisions under uncertainty.
The 6th edition of the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Levant Fellowship Ceremony was held under the patronage of the President of the council of ministers Saad El Hariri, and attended by more than 200 people, including politicians, diplomats, and representatives of academic and scientific institutions, and NGOs.
Initiated in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards recognize and support eminent women in science throughout the world. Each year, six women researchers are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science (life sciences, physics, mathematics, and computer science).
There are still great barriers that discourage women from entering the profession and obstacles continue to block progress for those already in the field. For this reason, in addition to its annual Awards, the L’Oréal-UNESCO partnership has established the International Rising Talents program, which is designed to accelerate the advancement of young women in science globally. The International Rising Talents are chosen from among the doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who have received fellowships from L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science’s national and regional programs.
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