19.12.2007 -

L'Oréal Russia Awarded National Fellowships

Annually five outstanding women scientists are awarded in France at the UNESCO Headquarters for the exceptional quality of their research.The organizers of the Awards for Women in Science - UNESCO and L’ORÉAL – have been conducted it for 9 years already, and besides these awards every year the UNESCO-L’ORÉAL International Fellowships are awarded to 15 post-doctorate women to enable them to continue research projects.

UNESCO/L’ORÉAL Women in Science programme aims to support women scientists, to encourage them to build their carriers in science.  Today women account for an average of only 27% of researchers worldwide. And when it comes to scientific distinctions, rarely are they attributed to women. Only a dozen women, for example, are to be found on the list of 516 laureates of science Nobel Prizes.

This year at the international ceremony in Paris for the first time in the history this prestigious prize was awarded to the Russian woman –  Ms Tatiana Birstein, professor of the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds, the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg, whose research in the filed of organized molecules has been recognized as a step for the world science. Tatiana Birstein has been awarded in the nomination “Europe” for charring out the outstanding scientific research in the field of statistical physics of polymers and for active educator activity at the Department of Physics of the St Petersburg University.

In order to support the young Russian women scientists in their carriers development in Russia, the decision has been made this year to launch the national fellowships. Created in 2000, the Fellowships awarding criteria has remained the same: the scientific significance of the candidate, usefulness and feasibility of the project, the perspective for a young candidate to prolong her scientific carrier after the defense of the doctorate thesis or having it. It is also necessary for a candidate to start and to finish her scientific work on the territory of the homeland. As for the candidate, it would give her the opportunity to receive the new technological knowledge in time, to deepen her knowledge in the field of her research and to find answers on the questions which she faces in the process of her work.

189 applications have been submitted for this concurs from more than 40 cities of Russia. The Jury, formed of the leading Russian scientists, has analyzed the perspectives of all the scientific projects and has chosen the authors of the most outstanding works.

The names of the five laureates were announced on 27 November 2007 at the awarding ceremony, which took place in Moscow, Hotel Balchug Kempinski. The announcement on the continuation of the programme of fellowships for young Russian women-scientists for 2008 was also made at this awarding ceremony. The organizers hope that the example of the fellowship holders will encourage young Russian women in their willingness to build carriers in science and will add determination and enthusiasm for their discoveries.

For more information:  http://www.lorealfellowships-russia.org


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