The Fourth Annual Ceremony was held under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Maitha Salem Al Shamsi, the Esteemed Minister of State and President of Zayed University
Ten outstanding Arab women scientists were awarded with a L'Oréal-UNESCO Pan Arab Regional Fellowship Award worth 15,000 Euros in recognition of their contributions to the advancement of science.
Founded on the premise that 'the world needs science and science needs women', the L'Oréal-UNESCO fellowships are the first international awards devoted to women in science. The program empowers Arab women scientists, highlighting their contributions to the world of science and acknowledging their key role in the development of the region. Plus, the substantial financial awards provide practical help for these talented researchers and inspire future young scientists.
The President of the jury, Nabiel Saleh was impressed by the quality of the 2013 applications. "I would like to thank all the talented scientists and researchers who submitted applications this year. They have demonstrated the impressive contribution that the region's women are making across all disciplines of sciences. It is an honour to be able to rewards ten of these exceptional women for their work in this field. We thank them for their work so far, and wish them success in their future scientific endeavours."
Thierry Houssin, Managing Director of L'Oreal Middle East thanked Nabiel Saleh and his fellow jury members for their hard work and also commended his partners for their commitment to the program. "This program would be impossible without the ongoing support of our partner, UNESCO, who have worked with us to organize the program and to share the unique opportunities the Fellowships offer. Also, this year, our affiliation with the NRF has been instrumental in increasing our footprint in the GCC and has enabled us to reach even more of the region's eligible female scientists."
In 1998, L'Oréal and UNESCO joined forces to found the L'Oréal - UNESCO "For Women in Science" program. United by a shared conviction that the world needs science, and that science needs women, the L'Oréal-UNESCO partnership is a unique and ambitious program developed with the goal of promoting women in scientific research. Since the program's inception, 77 Award Laureates and over 1700 Fellows from 110 countries have been recognized. Providing unprecedented support to women around the world, the program encourages the promotion of women in science on a global scale.
The L'Oréal -UNESCO Pan Arab Fellowships 'For Women in Science', is one of the first regional programs launched by L'Oréal Foundation in collaboration with UNESCO in 2009. This program aims at celebrating the phenomenal achievements of the region's women scientists and to empower them to further contribute to the world of science.