L’Oréal-UNESCO honours Africa’s female scientists

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 2016 fellows with (Front row from left) Dr Phil Mjwara, Director General: Department of Science of Technology, Dr Madhvee Madhou, Jury member, Professor Mabel Imbuga, Jury member, Ambassador of France to South Africa, HE Elisabeth Barbier , Sandeep Rai, Managing Director, L’Oreal South Africa, Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng,UNESCO Regional Science Advisor, Coordinator ANSTI, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, 2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Laureate

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 2016 fellows with (Front row from left) Dr Phil Mjwara, Director General: Department of Science of Technology, Dr Madhvee Madhou, Jury member, Professor Mabel Imbuga, Jury member, Ambassador of France to South Africa, HE Elisabeth Barbier , Sandeep Rai, Managing Director, L’Oreal South Africa, Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng,UNESCO Regional Science Advisor, Coordinator ANSTI, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Laureate

L’Oréal-UNESCO honours Africa’s female scientists

In it’s committment to advancing women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program, L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics company, in conjuction with UNESCO have awarded 14 female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa with Post-Doctoral and Doctoral Fellowships of 10 000 Euros each and 5000 Euros respectively.

According to a statement made available to Womanistworld, for the past 18 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has encouraged, promoted and honoured women scientists all over the world. More than 2,500 researchers from 112 countries have been distinguished for their extraordinary discoveries and supported at key moments in their careers.

“Impacting the lives of people around the planet, their discoveries are offering new solutions and answering vital questions. Their ground breaking innovation is advancing entire fields of research and even opening new ones. The fellow’s work and research is contributing to curing diseases, increasing food supplies, enabling sustainable development, helping ensure the survival of our planet to better understand our universe, adding to our knowledge of the very foundations of life. ”

Managing Director, L’Oreal South Africa, sandeep Rai, stated thatb “Our changing world has never been in greater need of women and their discoveries. With the For Women in Science programme, the L’Oréal Foundation is committed to promoting these women in science who will change the world. We are determined to fight for science and to build a more beautiful world together.”

Rai revealed that, this year applications were received from 26 Countries which is testament to the increasing awareness of the program.

The recipients of the Post-Doctoral Fellowships of 10 000 Euros each are:

  • Stephanie Fanucchi, South Africa, University of Cape Town and CSIR. Title of project: Deciphering the roles of non-coding RNAs in immune gene regulation
  • Raquel Garcia, Angola, Centre for Invasion Biology,Stellenbosch University. Title of project: Effects of plant invasions on native ectotherms under a warming climate.

The recipients of the Doctoral Fellowships of 5 000 Euros each are:

  • Penelope Dobrowsky, South Africa, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town. Title of Project: Legionella Species Persistence Mechanisms in Treated Harvested Rainwater
  • Usisipho Feleni, South Africa, University of Western Cape. Title of Project: Smart bio-electrochemical sensing and signaling of inter-individual responses to breast cancer treatment
  • Xandri Schoultz, South Africa, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Title of Project: Novel rhenium-benzazole complexes as anti-cancer agents
  • Juliet Sackey, Ghana, University of South Africa (UNISA).Title of project: Biomimicry of the multi-scaled architecture on selected butterfly wings for photonic applications
  • Millicent Akotam Agangiba, Ghana, University of Cape Town .Title of project: Investigating E-government Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries – The Case of Ghana
  • Madina Mohamed Adia, Uganda, Makerere University .Title of project: Bioactivity, Toxicity and Phytochemistry of selected medicinal plants used by Rukararwe and Prometra Herbalists in treatment of malaria in Uganda
  • Luicer Anne Ingasia Olubayo, Kenya, University of Witwatersrand. Title of project: Construction and functional characterization of Genotype E of Hepatitis B virus replication competent plasmids with authentic endogenous promoters
  • Angela Karoro, Uganda, University of South Africa (UNISA). Title of project: Solar selective properties of the ‘Laser treated tubular cobalt-alumina nanocomposite.’
  • Bibi Nafiisah Chotun, Mauritius, University of Stellenbosch. Title of project: Hepatitis B virus-related liver cancer in South Africa: Investigations into the risk profile of a previously unscreened population from the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Colette Njiki Chatue, Cameroon, University of Dschang. Title of Project: Petrogenesis of the Numba granitic pluton (SW – Cameroon)
  • Rokhiya Dia, Senegal, Université de Thiès. Title of Project: Numerical simulation of velocity and pressure fields for fluid flow through microtubes with complex geometries: Application to the flow dynamics of cerebrospinal fluid along a shunt device in patients with hydrocephalus pathology.
  • Eseoghene Umukoro, Nigeria, University of Johannesburg. Title of project: Experimental and computational study of the electrochemical and photo-electrochemical oxidation of organic pollutants at carbon based-semiconductor composite electrodes.

 

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