UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HER EXCELLENCY SHEIKHA LUBNA BINT KHALID AL QASSIMI
Dubai, November 20, 2014–Four outstanding Arab women scientists were recentlybestowed with the L'Oréal-UNESCO FellowshipGrant worth 20,000Euros eachin recognition of their contributions to the advancement of science.
Instituted on the premise that ‘the world needs science and science needs women,’ theL'Oréal-UNESCO fellowships are among the first international awards devoted to women in science. The program empowers Arab women scientists, highlightstheir contributions to the world of science and acknowledges their key role in the development of the region.
Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khaled Al Qassimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, President of Zayed University lauded L’Oréal’s initiative of promoting the Arab woman’s advancement in the field of scientific research, and congratulated this year’s winners advising them to keep persistent and escalate their progress. “The role of women in society has evolved considerably over the years. In the twenty-first century, Emirati women are well represented in all echelons of society, including the political arena, diplomatic corps, judiciary, the commercial sector as well as the higher education and scientific research,” H.H Sheikha Lubna said.
Speaking out at the event and greatly pleased with the quality of applications received this year, the President of the jury, Nabiel Salehsaid, “I would like to congratulate the winners and thank all the talented scientists and researchers who submitted applications this year. Entries ranged from a host of scientific strata such as biology, environment engineering, physics, natural science and public health among other sectors. Looking at the scientific commitmentof Arab women and their impact on the social order, I reiterate that an enriched and contented society is feasible if we encourage the ingress of more women in science.”
A ceremony was held on November 17that Zayed University’s Convention Center in Dubai, to honor the four fellow winners. The Award Ceremony was organized under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha LubnaBint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and President of Zayed University,who was part of a recent partnership between Zayed University and L’OréalMiddle East. Applications this year embraced a diversity of global scientific challenges.
Sara Ravella, Executive Vice-President Communication, Sustainability and Public Affairs,L’Oréalcommented on this occasion: “L’Oréal’s commitment to philanthropy is demonstratedvia the unique projects that we create, to meet real social needs aligned with our activities. With this in mind, this program would have been impossible without the ongoing support of our partner UNESCO and our recent partnership with Zayed University, headed by Her ExcellencySheikha LubnaBint Khalid Al Qasimi. As an active supporter of women’s empowerment and rights among other causes, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna makes for the perfect role model and cohort for the initiative that demonstrates the vital role women play in driving science and research. This is why it is essential that we celebrate great women scientists and strengthen our key motto“The world needs science and science needs women, Arab women”
The 2014 fellowsare:
- HabibaAlSafar (UAE) Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering atAbu Dhabi’s Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research: for her work in identification of genetic and environmental risk factors associated with diabetes
- NoufAlshareef (KSA)Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at the College of Science in Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz University: for her research in genes identified as potential contributors to salinity tolerance
- Jasmeen Merzaban (KSA) Assistant Professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: for her immunology research focusing on stem cells and cell migration
- Najat Al Odaini (Yemen) Assistant Professor at Sana’a University: for her environmental research revolving around the high Fluoride concentration in Yemen’s groundwater resources