Female Scientists Honoured at L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship Awards

In artnership with Zayed University, five GCC postdocs and a Ph.D. student were awarded for their groundbreaking research


Winners of the For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship Awards pose on stage.

The fifth edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship Awards ceremony was held to recognize five extraordinary GCC women for their contribution to the field of science.

The ceremony was hosted at the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City Hotel, in partnership with Zayed University.

This year’s awards celebrated the contributions of distinguished female scientists and researchers in the GCC, whose works have contributed significantly to the scientific development in the region. The inspiring women fellows were each awarded EUR 20,000 for the Postdoc Researchers category and EUR 8,000 for the PhD Students category, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective fields of study.

On behalf of Her Excellency Noura Bint Mohamed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture And Knowledge Development and President of Zayed University, His Excellency Professor Reyadh Al Mehaideb, Vice President of Zayed University said, “The L’Oréal-UNESCO ‘For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship’ has become an inspirational platform in the field of scientific discovery, thanks to its impressive track record of achievements in science and technology in our region and beyond." She added, “Scientific research is an effective and influential way to prosper as a civilization and also contributes in the development of societies, dissemination of our culture, and a sustainable future.”

Mr. Rémi Chadapaux, Managing Director, L’Oréal Middle East said: “In line with our commitment to women around the world, this program continues to encourage gender diversity in scientific research, which is such an important field for global advancement. Women comprise one half of humanity, and their contribution to this key discourse is crucial to human progress.”

The 2018 fellows are:

Postdoc Researchers 

Dr. Basma Radwan (United Arab Emirates), New York University in Abu Dhabi
Dr. Ashwag Albukhari (Saudi Arabia), King Abdulaziz University
Dr. Lamya Al Haj (Oman), Sultan Qaboos University
Dr. Saja Fakhraldeen (Kuwait), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

PhD Student

Ghofran Othoum (Saudi Arabia), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The L’Oréal Foundation helps women fight prejudice, tear down gender barriers, and conquer new areas in science. Nearly 2,998 women in over 115 countries have been the recipients of Fellowship. Since 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program has honored 102 Laureates for groundbreaking discoveries or seminal contributions to their field of research.

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