The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship program was created in 1998, and since then has continued to celebrate the accomplishments of women in scientific fields.
This year, the annual L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards ceremony was hosted at Sydney's picturesque Café Sydney and honoured five outstanding early-career scientists across Australia and New Zealand, with each Fellow awarded $25,000 to help further their research.
On top of working to support and recognise accomplished women in fields such as engineering, space, health, and tech, the program encourages and inspires a younger generation to pursue their ambitions in fields that are predominantly male-dominated.
This year’s awards recognised the amazing work of 5 women – Dr Ashleigh Hood, a geoscientist at the University of Melbourne; Dr Alisa Glukhova, a structural biologist at Monash University; Dr Samantha Solon-Biet, a nutritional biologist at The University of Sydney; Dr Valerie Sung, a paediatrician at Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Dr Yvonne Anderson, a paediatrician at the University of Auckland.
Allison Langdon hosted the event, who has long been an advocate for higher participation of women in science and the Hon Julie Bishop addressed guests with a keynote speech, followed by a musical performance by Jessica Mauboy.
Below, your inside look at the 2019 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards.