In presence of Kareen Rispal, Ambassador of France in Canada, host of the event and the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, these 5 young women joined the international scientific community of 102 Laureates and more than 3000 young women researchers, who, over the last 20 years, have benefited from increased recognition within the scientific community.
Women continue to be under-represented in public and professional life, particularly in science, where the glass ceiling is still a reality. Today, only 28% of scientists are women and 3% of Nobel Prizes for Science have been awarded to women since the awards began in 1901. Despite this, there are many eminent women scientists, and raising their profile is vital to promoting greater gender equality in science. Annually for the past 20 years, the L’Oréal Foundation has recognized exceptional female scientists, in partnership with UNESCO, and taken action to improve the balance of women and men in science.
The 2018 Canadian Fellows
Since 2003, L’Oréal Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO reward 5 young doctorate and post doctorate women researchers.
The L’Oréal-UNESCO 2018 Excellence in Research Fellowships, each worth $20,000, are awarded to support major postdoctoral research projects undertaken by young Canadians at a pivotal time in their career. They reward excellence and allow top scientists, selected by a panel of experts, to further their research. Dr. Liette Vasseur, President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, had the pleasure to present them to:
- Jacquelyn Cragg, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), University of British Columbia;
- Stefanie N Rezansoff, Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University and Member of the Somers Research Group.
A $10,000 NSERC and L’Oréal-UNESCO 2018 For Women in Science Supplement was awarded by Dr. Pierre Charest, Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to a Canadian scientist involved in a promising research project, namely:
- Erin McConnell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University.
To support the mission of the France Canada Research Fund (FCRF), Ruby Heap, Co-president FCRF, awarded two fellowships of $5,000 each to encourage and develop scientific and university exchanges between France and Canada, in all areas of knowledge, from fundamental science to human and social sciences. The L’Oréal Canada France Canada Research Fund 2018 fellows are:
- Jalina Bielaska Da Silva, PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto;
- Adina Madularea, PhD Candidate, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa.
In his closing remarks, Frank Kollmar, President and CEO of L’Oréal Canada, said: “Tonight, we honor women of science, because the L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have a conviction that is also obvious: the world needs science and science needs women. These 5 young researchers represent the future of scientific excellence in Canada and the advancement of our society.”
*Nobel Prizes and UNESCO Science Report Toward 2030, 2015
About L’Oréal Canada
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About the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO serves as a bridge between Canadians and the vital work of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. By promoting UNESCO values, priorities and programs in Canada and by bringing the voices of Canadian experts to the international stage, the Commission contributes to a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future that leaves no one behind.
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