'On March 19th, the L’Oreal Foundation and UNESCO will present the “L’Oréal -UNESCO for Women in Science” awards to five outstanding women scientists. These awards have been held for the last 16 years where L’Oréal and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have been honouring remarkable women who are playing big roles in the world of science. The L’Oréal -UNESCO Award for Women in Science serves to encourage women to do more in this field, especially in research related areas. Each woman represents a unique career path combining exceptional talent, a deep commitment to her profession and remarkable courage in a field still largely dominated by men. The annually held awards go to women in five world regions who are either working on life or material sciences who then receive a grant of $100,000.
'This year’s event will take place at the Sorbonne in Paris honouring the five Laureates and fifteen International Fellows. Presiding over the event will be Professor Günter Blobel, Nobel Prize in Medicine, who also chaired the independent jury that was charged with arriving at this year's Laureates… .
'We at COUTURE Africa celebrate and honour these amazing women making amazing strides in the world of Science! The Laureates are:
Dr. Segenet Kelemu – Biology and Plant Pathology (ICIPE)
‘The first woman from her region to attend what was then Ethiopia’s only university, Dr. Segenet Kelemu is being honoured for her research on how micro-organisms living in symbiosis with forage grasses can improve their capacity to resist disease and adapt to environmental and climate change. Her work is providing new solutions for ecologically responsible food crop production, especially by local, small-scale farmers. After having studied in the United States and worked in Colombia, she returned to Africa and is now at the heart of an impressive international scientific research network… .’