The L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Sweden Prize with support of The Young Academy of Sweden aims to acknowledge promising young women at the beginning of their research career in the Life Sciences (including Medicine), Physical Sciences, Engineering or Mathematics, and to provide role models for future generations. The prize is awarded by The L'Oréal Foundation, The Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, and The Young Academy of Sweden.
The For Women in Science Prize Sweden promotes, highlights and encourages women's opportunities in science and sustainable development by awarding them early on in their career in the areas Life Sciences (including Medicine), Physical Sciences, Engineering or Mathematics. The L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Sweden Prize with support of The Young Academy of Sweden was launched in 2015.
The prize awards two prominent women in research, for their ackomplishments and development towards independency, with the purpose to encourage a continued research career. The prize amount of 150.000 SEK each will be awarded to researchers who gained their Ph.D. up to four years ago and are affiliated to a university in Sweden. The awardees are also offered a one year mentor program hosted by the Young Academy of Sweden.
The last open call period was 15 June to 15 September, the awardees are be selected by the jury during the fall. The prize ceremony will take place in March around the time for the International Women's Day.
Sara Snogerup Linse, Chair, Professor in Chemistry at Lund University, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Gustaf Edgren, Associate professor and Research group leader, Resident physician in epidemiology and hematology at Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital, Young Academy of Sweden Member
Beatrice Fahlkvist, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager, L'Oréal Sverige AB
Maria Lindskog, Assistant professor in Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, Young Academy of Sweden alumni
Sara Strandberg, Associate professor in Elementary particle physics at Stockholm University, Young Academy of Sweden Member
Maria Tenje, Associate professor in Microsystems Technology at Uppsala University and Lund University, FWIS Denmark awardee 2009, Young Academy of Sweden Member
For Women in Science Sweden awardees 2017 Kirsten Leistner and Julia Uddén. Photo: Emma Burendahl
In 2017 Kirsten Leistner, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, was awarded “for her successful research regarding the fundamental understanding of catalysts temperature-dependent activity. Kirsten Leistner has made a discovery that can lead to the development of improved catalysts”, and, to Julia Uddén, Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Pro Futura Researchers at Stockholm University, “for research characterized by intellectual boldness and aimed at understanding how human language communication develops.”
Awardees 2016: Kristiina Tammimies and Annica Black-Schaffer Photo: Fredrik Persson
The first L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Prize Sweden with support from the Young Academy of Sweden was awarded to:
Annica Black-Schaffer, Associate professor in Condensed matter physics at Uppsala University, for outstanding findings in the field of superconductivity and its exciting applications regarding quantum computers, and, Kristiina Tammimies, Assistant professor in Neuropsychiatry at Karolinska Institutet, for her successful research regarding genetics related to autism spectrum diseases.
The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award (FWIS) was initiated in 1998 by Fondation L'Oréal, France, and UNESCO, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to support and acknowledge prominent women in research. A further aim for FWIS is to increase the proportion of women in research, and to identify and highlight female role models. More women in research should be given the opportunity to reach leading positions, as their male counterparts receive, so that future generations are given role models that can inspire them to become researchers.
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. There are also 15 Fellowships, International Rising Talents, given to junior scientists from around the world. Two women who received the L'Oréal-UNESCO Award have later also been awarded the Nobel Prize: Elizabeth Blackburn, in Physiology or Medicine 2009, and Ada Yonath, in Chemistry 2009.
Elisabeth Blackburn received the international L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award 2008 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009.
The FWIS program also includes reginonal and national fellowships and the national prize in Sweden is a collaboration between L'Oréal Sweden, the Swedish National Commission for Unesco and The Young Academy of Sweden. In Denmark, FWIS was established in 2007 and in Finland in 2006. Young Academy of Sweden's member Maria Tenje received the FWIS Denmark award in 2009. The Swedish award is announced around the time for the International Women's Day in March.
Young Academy of Sweden member Maria Tenje, Associate professor in Microsystems Technology at Uppsala University and Lund University, received the FWIS Denmark awardee in 2009. Photo: Markus Marcetic/Young Academy of Sweden