27.10.2017 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Winners of the 12th edition of the programme "For Women in Science"

Seven women scientists received a grant of R$ 50,000 to continue their researches.

The new L’Oréal Research and Innovation Centre in Brazil hosted the ceremony for the 12th Edition of the Programme “For Women in Science”, developed by L’Oréal Brazil in partnership with UNESCO in Brazil and the Academia Brasileira de Ciências (Brazilian Academy of Sciences – ABC). Seven researchers were recognized for the quality and the potential of their work. The award ensures visibility and the continuity of the chosen projects in the fields of Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics with the incentive of a grant aid of R$ 50,000 for each researcher.

The seven winners of this year’s edition were: Diana Sasaki and Gabriela Nestal, from Rio de Janeiro; Fernanda Tonelli, Jenaina Soares and Rafaela Ferreira, from Minas Gerais; Marília Nunes, from Pará; and Pâmela Carpes, from Rio Grande do Sul. They were chosen by an academic jury, which selected the works among the almost 400 registered in this edition.

“Celebrating another edition of the ‘For Women in Science’ is a very special moment. And this year we chose the Research & Innovation Centre for the awards, a place that represents the commitment of the Group to science”, declared Patrick Sabatier, Director of Institutional Relations and Communications of L’Oréal Brazil. For the biologist Gabriela Nestal, one of the awarded scientists, the prize has a very clear role in society: to promote science developed by women.

The awards highlight the trajectory of the winning scientists

During the award ceremony, the role of the 82 women awarded during the 12 years in which the program is developed in Brazil was highlighted. Appointed to speak on behalf of the 2017 winners, Pâmela Mello-Carpes expressed gratitude to the three institutions – L’Oréal, UNESCO and ABC – for believing in the science developed by women: “I believe that the community in general is also impacted by this moment of acknowledgement, because we see the promotion of a visibility that goes beyond the academy. Society needs to have access to science, to value it and also enable the continuation of these researches in Brazil”.

In an analysis on the importance of the programme for the development in the country, Lucia Previato, representative of ABC and International Laureate of the Programme “For Women in Science” in 2004, praised the researchers that keep developing their studies even in times of crisis. “This edition has a different tone of emotion, due to the situation Brazil is experiencing in relation to investment and promotion of science. However, we observe that there are always young people, researches and means of innovation. This year, we have projects of international level, so there is nothing that diminishes the awards”, she analyzed.

During the award ceremony, the research themes of each scientist were presented, and all the speeches emphasized the importance of incentive for each project. “Undoubtedly, being here represents the realization of a dream, and it is a very important moment for my career and for my personal life”, added the mathematician Diana Sasaki. (Source: L’Oréal Brazil)

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