2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

The 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in the physical sciences will receive their awards at a ceremony in Paris on 23 March 2017.

Proposed by an international community of more than 2,000 leading scientists, the five laureates were selected by an independent international jury of 12 renowned scientists presided this year by Professor Christian Amatore, of the French Académie des sciences. Each laureate will receive a prize of €100,000 to reward their contribution to science

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards are presented every year to five women, one from each world region (Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America) in recognition of their scientific accomplishments. Each scientist has had a unique career path combining exceptional talent, a deep commitment to her profession and remarkable courage in a field still largely dominated by men.


Africa and the Arab States

Professor Niveen KHASHAB
Associate Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

Analytical chemistry
For designing novel nanoparticles that could improve early detection of disease.”
Her work in analytical chemistry could lead to more targeted and personalized medical treatment.

Asia / Pacific 

Professor Michelle SIMMONS
Professor, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology - University of New South Wales, Australia

Quantum physics
For pioneering ultra-fast quantum computers.”
Her work on atomic-scale transistors could give birth to tomorrow’s computers.


Professor Nicola SPALDIN
Professor and Chair of Materials Theory, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Solid state physics
For reinventing magnetic materials for next-generation electronic
Her research on multiferroic materials could lead to a new generation of electronic equipment components.

Latin America

Professor Maria Teresa RUIZ
Professor, Department of Astronomy, Dept. / Universidad de Chile, Chile

For her contributions to the study of a variety of faint celestial objects hidden in the darkness of the universe.
Her observations on brown dwarfs could answer the universal question of whether there is life on other planets.

North America  

Professor Zhenan BAO
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA

Material Chemistry
For inventing skin-inspired electronic materials.”
Her research on flexible, stretchable and conductive materials could improve the quality of life of patients with prostheses.

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