13.08.2018 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

L’Oréal-UNESCO-ABC Award announces the seven winners of the “For Women in Science” 2018

The programme, which had a record number of registrations this year, encourages the participation of Brazilian women in science and offers a grant of BRL 50 thousand to each of the winning scientists

To promote quality of life to elderly patients in cancer treatment, to use soapstone as a solution to improve orthopaedic and dental prosthesis, and to search for the proper nutrition for bacterial resistance to antibiotics. These are a few of the subjects researched by the seven winners of the 13th edition of the “For Women in Science”, a programme developed by L’Oréal Brazil in partnership with UNESCO in Brazil and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC, in Portuguese acronym), whose goal is to promote gender equality in the scientific environment.

Annually, jurors select endeavours with the potential to find solutions to important environmental, economic and health issues, as is the case of Fernanda Cruz, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), who works on the development of therapies capable of treating chronic respiratory diseases more efficiently. As it is also the case of Sabrina Lisboa, from the University of São Paulo (USP), who seeks a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder comprehending the alterations that occur in the brain of those who develop the disease.

Healthy nutrition is how the researcher Angélica Viera, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), believes being able to solve the global problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Also in Minas Gerais, Jaqueline Soares performs nanotechnology with a raw material abundant in the city of Ouro Preto – the soapstone – to improve orthopaedic and dental prosthesis. In turn, Ethel Wilhelm, from the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPEL), studies the mechanisms behind the pains in body extremities to ensure a quality of life for the elderly, the fastest-growing population segment in the world.

About being one of the few women in her field, Luciana Lomonaco, from USP, who studies one of the most famous fractals in mathematics, the Mandelbrot Set, believes the problem is the lack of role models. “Due to the lack of female references in science and, particularly in mathematics, young women do not even know this possibility exists when comes the time to choose their career. The award comes to show that it is possible to be a woman and a scientist”, says Luciana. Within the same context, Nathalia Bezerra, from the University of Pernambuco (UFPE), works in a mostly male field, researching how to increase cement durability under the various climatic conditions of Brazil. “The award will be instrumental in gaining recognition and a game changer in the career,” says her.

For thirteen years, the “For Women in Science” awards scientists with a grant of 50 thousand reais in four categories: Life Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. The 2018 edition had record participation: in total, there were 524 registrations, 34% more than in 2017. The award ceremony will take place at L’Oréal headquarters in Rio de Janeiro on 4 October 2018.

Winners of the L’Oréal-UNESCO-ABC “For Women in Science” 2018

Life Sciences:

  • Ethel Antunes Wilhelm
  • Angelica Thomaz Vieira
  • Fernanda Ferreira Cruz
  • Sabrina Francesca de Souza Lisboa


  • Nathalia Bezerra de Lima


  • Luciana Luna Anna Lomonaco


  • Jaqueline dos Santos Soares

Learn more about the programme:

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Press contacts:

L'Oréal Brasil
Stephanie Tardin – Stephanie.tardin@loreal.com   /   +55 (21) 4505-6104

FSB Press Office
Sheila Albuquerque - sheila.albuquerque@fsb.com.br   /   +55 (21) 98272-5387
Nina Mansur - nina.mansur@fsb.com.br

UNESCO in Brazil
Ana Lúcia Guimarães – a.guimaraes@unesco.org   /   +55 (61)2106-3536 or +55 (61) 99966-3287
Fabiana Pullen – f.sousa@unesco.org    /   +55 (61)2106-3596

Eliza Oswaldo Cruz - ascom@abc.org.br    /   +55 (21) 3907-8129
Ana Beatrice Ferreira – aferreira@abc.org.br   /   +55 (21) 3907-8138

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