L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science in Maghreb : 9th anniversary!

9 years commitment, 47 Fellowships

Since 2007, L’Oréal's Morocco subsidiary has been running locally the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program. In 2014, it took on a regional dimension when it opened in 3 new countries in the Maghreb region of north-west Africa: Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. Up to now, there have been no fewer than 47 award-winners recognized as promising young scientists.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science ceremony in the Maghreb region, which took place on 15th December 2015 in Casablanca, was also the occasion to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the program in Morocco and the 2nd year of the program in the three Maghreb countries. During the evening, various political, university, scientific and research personalities, through their presence and passion, paid homage to the Program and to the young researchers who were recognized.

The 2015 Jury

The jury, headed up by Professor Abdelaziz Benjouad, Professor, Biologist and Vice-President for Research & Development at the International University of Rabat, was made up of:

Professor Katim Alaoui, Research Manager for the toxico-pharmacological team in the Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty at the Mohammed V Souissi University in Rabat, Executive Director of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Research into and Conservation of the argan tree.

Professor Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli nuclear physics and high energy physics specialist, winner of the 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, Vice-President of the Mohammed V University in Rabat and a member of the Académie Hassan II des Sciences et Techniques (Scientific and Technical Academy).

The 2015 Fellows

In 2015, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognized 5 post-doctorate researchers, awarding a grant of 10,000 euros to each of them.

In Tunisia, the grant was awarded to Moufida Atigui, a plant biology specialist working on the mechanization of camel milking. Rim Khlifi studies genetics and, more precisely, cancer of the nasal passages.

In Algeria, the award recognized the work of Chahinez Benadis on exploiting plant-microorganism interactions and boosting crop yields.

In Morocco, the Program supported Mouna Fahr who is looking at dividing phytoremediation and rehabilitation strategies for sites polluted by heavy metals. 

Finally, the award-winner Moroccan mathematician Hanane Ezzikouri, who is working on the creation of a semantic search engine based on a multi-lingual repository, was recognized.

Applications for 2016 Fellowships

Applications for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships in the Maghreb are open from March 22nd 2016 to 22nd June 2016. 

You can apply HERE.

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