The Young Academy of Sweden together with L'Oréal Sweden and The Swedish National Commission for UNESCO are happy to announce the first open call for The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Prize Sweden! The prize aims to promote two promising researchers in the fields of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics and will be awarded on 7 March 2016, the day before the International Women's Day, at a ceremony in Stockholm.
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Application deadline: 16 November 2015
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The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science SwedenPrize (FWIS Sweden) aims to promote, enhance and encourage the participation of women in science and sustainable development by awarding emerging female scientists in the fields of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
The FWIS Sweden prize honors two talented women researchers for the quality of their research and development towards independence, and encourages them to pursue a career in science. A total of SEK 300,000 is available to be shared equally for two prizes, and will be granted to researchers up to five years after their PhD defense, who are appointed or currently working at a research institution in Sweden. The recipients will also be invited to a one-year-mentoring program organized by the Young Academy of Sweden. The prize amount SEK 150.000 will be awarded to each laureate on 7 March 2016 the day before the International Women's Day, at a ceremony in Stockholm.
FWIS was initiated in 1998 by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO, the UN organization for education, science and culture, with the purpose to support and recognize accomplished women researchers. Another aim with FWIS is to increase the number of women in science, and to identify and bring forward female rolemodels. More women scientists should be able to obtain positions of responsibility, just like their male counterparts, so that future generations will have role models to inspire them.
Each year five L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards are presented, one per continent, at a ceremony in Paris. Moreover, 15 Fellowships, “International rising talents”, are awarded to junior women scientists from allover the world. Two of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award laureates have subsequently been awarded the Nobel Prize: Elizabeth Blackburn, Physiology or Medicine in 2009, and Ada Yonath, Chemistry in 2009.
Prof. Elizabeth Blackburn, 2008 For Women in Science Laureate for North America (USA), was subsequently also awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009.
The FWIS-program also comprises regional and national fellowships, and it is a national edition that is about to be introduced in Sweden in a partnership between L'Oréal, the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO and the Young Academy of Sweden. In Denmark the FWIS is established since 2007 and in Finland since 2006. Young Academy of Sweden member Maria Tenje was awarded the FWIS Denmark in 2009. The recipients of the first Swedish FWIS will be presented the day before the International Women's Day on March 7 2016.
Young Academy of Sweden member Maria Tenje, Associate professor, Microsystems Technology, Uppsala University and Lund University, was awarded FWIS Denmark in 2009. Photo: Markus Marcetic