16th Annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science – 2014: A Kenyan Scientist honoured in Paris
The first women from her region to attend what was then Ethiopia’s only university, Dr. Segenet Kelemu is being honored for her research on how microorganisms living in symbiosis with forage grasses can improve their capacity to resist disease and adapt to environmental and climate change. Her work is providing new solutions for ecologically responsible food crop production, especially by local, small-scale farmers. After having studied in the United States and worked in Colombia, she returned to Africa and is now at the heart of an impressive international scientific research network.
Each year, five outstanding women scientists – one per continent – are honoured for the contributions of their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society. 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.
The research of the 2014 Laureates demonstrates exceptionally original approaches to fundamental research. Awardees honored for major scientific advancements that are helping solve some of society’s greatest challenges, including cancer, depression and addiction.
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 2014 Awards Ceremony will be held in honor of the five Laureates and fifteen International Fellows on the evening of 19 March 2014 at the Sorbonne in Paris (France). It will be presided over by Professor Günter Blobel, 1999 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal and Chairman of the L’Oréal Foundation, will be in attendance.
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 then selected by an independent jury chaired by Professor Günter Blobel and composed of twelve eminent members of the international scientific community.
Source: UNESCO, http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/priority-areas/gender-and-science/for-women-in-science-programme/2014-awards/, march 2014.