The Laureates of the 19th edition of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science

Paris, October 4th 2016 – The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO reveal today the five exceptional laureates of the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in the Physical Sciences. They will receive their awards at a ceremony to be held on March 23rd 2017 in Paris.

Proposed by a community of more than 2,000 leading scientists, the five laureates were then selected by an independent international jury of 12 prominent scientists presided this year by Professor Christian Amatore, member of the French Académie des sciences.

The jury is therefore pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 edition, five outstanding women scientists who will be celebrated on March 23rd 2017 at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris. Each laureate will receive a Prize of €100,000 to reward their contribution to science.


Professor Niveen KHASHAB (Lebanese) - Organic Chemistry

Associate Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), SAUDI ARABIA

“For her innovative contributions to synthesize smart hybrid materials aimed at drug delivery and for developing responsive assemblies for monitoring and sensing.”


Professor Michelle SIMMONS (Australian) - Quantum Physics

Professor, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology - University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

“For her pioneering contributions to quantum and atomic electronics, constructing atomic transistors en route to quantum computers.”


Professor Nicola SPALDIN (British) - Materials Science

Professor and Chair of Materials Theory, ETH Zürich, SWITZERLAND

“For her groundbreaking multidisciplinary work predicting, describing and creating new materials that have switchable magnetic and ferroelectric properties.”


Professor Zhenan BAO (American) - Material Chemistry

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA

“For her outstanding contributions and mastery of the development of novel functional stretchable polymers for consumer electronics, energy storage and biomedical applications.”


Professor Maria Teresa RUIZ (Chilean) - Astrophysics

Professor, Department of Astronomy, Dept. / Universidad de Chile, CHILE

“For her discovery of the first brown dwarf and her seminal work on understanding the faintest stars, including stars at the final stages of their evolution (white dwarfs).”

For Women in Science

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