L’Oréal awards research grants to six exceptional young African women scientists

Dr Vundli Ramokolo, South African Medical Research Council, is one of the awardees. Her research explores what factors make some children – such as those that are affected by HIV and those that live in impoverished households – more vulnerable to poor health outcomes/Photo: AMA


The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme recognizes South African female Scientists for their groundbreaking research

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 17th, 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- 2020 marks the second edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Young Talents Programme.

The programme supports young female scientists and rewards scientific excellence. Created in 1998 and led by the Fondation L’Oréal in partnership with UNESCO, the For Women in Science programme aims to improve the representation of women in scientific careers, strong in the conviction that the world needs science, and science needs women.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have widespread impact globally and we all had to adjust to the “new normal”. Ultimately, science will provide solutions for many of the unprecedented challenges that the world is currently facing. This is why L’Oréal and UNESCO have been empowering young female scientists for 22 years, more than 3,400 researchers from 118 countries have been supported and recognized.” explains Gilles Antoine, Country Manager of L’Oréal South Africa.

“Women in science have the power to change the world provided they are given the means and support. This year, as we honour six emerging women scientists from across South Africa, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting young women scientists, who are at the helm of very important research projects,” he concludes.

The challenges humanity is currently facing are unprecedented in scale. It is clear that science is and will be one of the keys that enable us to address them, as it always has been at important moments in history.

The six female researchers, three doctoral and three post-doctoral were selected from over 150 applicants, by a jury of independent experts.

Click HERE to discover the 2020 award winners.

Report distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of L’Oréal South Africa.

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