“My research is inspired by the natural world, which has optimised processes by evolution throughout millions of years. I love my work and I’m delighted to be able to contribute Eleni Stavrinidou Photo credit Emma Burendahlto progress in my research field. It’s important for both women and men that we bring out more female role models”, she says.
In addition to Eleni Stavrinidou, Aishe Sarshad, stem cell researcher on the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, has also received a prize.
The L’Oréal Foundation, The Young Academy of Sweden, and The Swedish National Commission for UNESCO award the prize, which was established to celebrate women who show great potential within science and technology. The prize has a value of SEK 150,000 and a one-year mentor programme under the auspices of The Young Academy of Sweden. It will be presented in Stockholm by Matilda Ernkrans, newly appointed minister for higher education and research.
The purpose of the prize is to support young researchers at an important phase of their careers, and to encourage more women to aim for a career in research.
The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science
The scholarship is awarded in more than 45 countries, and the Swedish prize-winners have been selected by a jury with Eleni Stavrinidou, Matilda Ernkrans and Aishe Sarshadmembers from The Young Academy of Sweden and a representative for Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, L’Oréal Sweden. Chair of the jury is Claes Gustafsson, who is also chair of the Nobel Committee for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Of 607 Nobel laureates in medicine, physics and chemistry, 20, or just over 3%, have been women: twelve in medicine, three in physics and five in chemistry. Two of these have received the international L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Prize before receiving the Nobel Prize.