13.11.2011 - UNESCO Office in Moscow

For the 5th time young women in science received national L’Oréal -UNESCO fellowships

The World Science Day for Peace and Development, celebrated every year on 10 November, was marked with a pleasant event of honoring young women involved in science. 10 young female scientists were awarded with the national L’Oréal -UNESCO fellowships within the programme “For Women in Science”. The event has already become a tradition, since national fellowships are awarded for the 5th time in Russia. This annual event is held in Balchug-Kempinsky Hotel in Moscow. The traditional partners for the competition are L’Oréal Russia, Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, UNESCO Moscow Office and Russian Academy of Sciences.

The national L’Oréal -UNESCO fellowships contribute to the international programme “For Women in Science” launched in 1998 by L’Oréal and UNESCO. The programme’s mission is to support women involved in scientific work and pay a tribute to their contribution to the world science development.

The high scientific level of the programme is proved by the fact that in 2009 two winners of the L’Oréal -UNESCO award, prof. Elizabeth Blackburn and prof. Ada Yonath, were given Nobel prizes for their scientific work.

In 2007 the international L’Oréal -UNESCO award was given to prof. Tatiana Birshtein, while the international fellowship “For Women in Science” was awarded to a Russian scientist Tatiana Lopatina in 2011.

The national fellowships are awarded in 47 countries. In Russia in 2011 the awards were given for the 5th time bringing the total number of the winners to 45. Applicants for the national fellowships were female scientists below 35 years, holding PhD and working in Russian scientific research institutes in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine and biology. More than 400 applications from different Russian cities were received in 2011. The Jury selected 10 research works basing on scientific merits of the applicant, advantages and feasibility of project implementation and applicant’s intention to continue her research work in Russia. As a result 10 young women were awarded with L’Oréal -UNESCO national fellowships of 400,000 Russian Rubles (appr  13,193 USD):

  1. Natalia Bondar (Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, researcher);
  2. Ekaterina Budynina (Chemistry Department, Moscow State University, senior researcher);
  3. Marina Drutskaya (Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, researcher);
  4. Ekaterina Kozlova (Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, researcher);
  5. Daria Kopytova (Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, researcher);
  6. Alla Krasikova (Laboratory of Chromosome Structure and Function, Faculty of Biology and Soil Sciences, Department of Cytology and Histology, Saint-Petersburg State University, senior researcher, associate professor);
  7. Ksenia Maryunina (Scientific Research Institute of the International Tomography Center, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, researcher);
  8. Olesya Stepanenko (Institute of Cytology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint-Petersburg, senior researcher);
  9. Olga Stepanenko (Institute of Cytology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint-Petersburg, researcher);
  10. Darya Chetverina (Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, researcher).

With great pleasure the UNESCO Moscow Office congratulates the fellowship winners and encourages them to continue their professional development!

Additional Information:

About the national L’Oreal -UNESCO fellowships (http://www.lorealfellowships-russia.org)

About the international L’Oreal -UNESCO award
On UNESCO web-site (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/priority-areas/gender-and-science/for-women-in-science-programme/)

On L’Oreal web-site (http://www.loreal.com/_en/_ww/index.aspx?direct1=00008&direct2=00008/00001)







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