2010 L'Oreal Australia "For Women in Science" Fellowships Announced

2010 L'Oreal Australia "For Women in Science Fellowships" Announced

The three 2010 L’Oréal Australia For Women In Science Fellows received their awards on Tuesday 24th August at the Melbourne Museum. L'Oréal Australia Managing Director, Johan Berg, and Governor, David de Kretser, attended the event and congratulated the recipients on their achievements.

The three fellows with L'Oréal Australia Managing Director, Johan Berg, and Governor, David de Kretser
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The $20,000 L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellowships were established to help early-career women scientists consolidate their careers and rise to leadership positions. They are awarded to women who have shown excellence in their scientific careers and who have an appropriate research plan that will be assisted by the one-year Fellowship. The L’Oréal Australia For Women In Science Fellowships are now in their fourth year. They are supported by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, and are highly competitive.

The three 2010 recipients were:

Deanna D’Alessandro from The University of Sydney who is investigating a sponge that filters hot air and captures carbon dioxide.
Read a full description of her research and watch a video where she describes the importance of her work

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Rowena Martin from The Australian National University, Canberra/The University of Melbourne who is developing new ways of treating Malaria.
Read a full description of her research and watch a video where she describes the importance of her work

(credit: SDP photo)

Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat from The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research who is investigating "How Does Breast Cancer Start?"
Read a full description of her research and watch a video where she describes the importance of her work

(credit: SDP photo)

For more information about the L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellowships visit the Science in Public website www.scienceinpublic.com/loreal/

The Australian Fellowships are part of a global awards program.

Launched in 1998, the L’Oréal - UNESCO For Women in Science Award was the first international award recognising the contributions made by women to science. Since then 62 women have been named Laureates, each receiving US$100,000. They are awarded annually to five outstanding female scientists, one from each geographical region (Europe, Africa-Arab states, North America, South America and Asia-Pacific). The recipients, termed Laureates, receive US$100,000. Candidates are nominated by a distinguished panel of scientists including prior laureates, and are selected by an 18-member international jury. Researchers in the life sciences and materials sciences are recognised in alternating years. For more information visit http://www.forwomeninscience.com

The UNESCO-L’Oréal For Women in Science International Fellowships are awarded to 15 young life scientists, three from each region, allowing them to pursue their research at a host institute outside their home country. The Fellowships are worth up to US$40,000 over two years and are only available to women under the age of 35 pursuing doctoral or post-doctoral research. Applications must be made through the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, which then selects up to four candidates for consideration by the regional selection committee. For more information including application forms visit http://www.loreal.com/_en/_ww/index.aspx?direct1=00008&direct2=00008/00001 or http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=44170&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html