For the seventh consecutive year, L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Regional Young Talents Program, in partnership with Khalifa University of Science and Technology, continues to recognize Arab female scientists from the GCC for their revolutionary researches in the fields of Life sciences, Physical sciences, Mathematics and Computer science.
The regional program is part of L’Oréal-UNESCO’s global initiative that has recognized over 3,400 phenomenal researchers since its inception 22 years ago.
This year, the program awarded six winners in the Post-doctorate Researchers and PhD Students categories where Dr. Maryam Tariq Khaleel Alhashmi (Khalifa University, UAE), Dr. Lama AlAbdi (KSA), and Dr. Isra Marei (Qatar), each received EUR 20,000 in the Post-doctorate Researchers category. Asrar Damdam (KSA), Dana Zaher (UAE), and Mina Al Ani (UAE) each received EUR 8,000 in the PhD Students category.
Dr. Maryam Tariq Khaleel Alhashmi, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at KU and member of the Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen (RICH), has been recognized for her valuable contributions in the field of catalysis, specifically her research into the development of catalytic materials for sustainable production of chemicals.
Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, added: “Spearheading towards Vision 2021 and Agenda 2030, the UAE has progressed immensely by creating an array of opportunities to support women empowerment, and Khalifa University continues to play a key role through its contribution in this area.
“With the recent pandemic worldwide, it is more important than ever that educational institutions especially universities, the scientific community and society at large encourage more women to bring their unique perspectives to the field. We are honoured to partner with L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Regional Young Talents Program for the second consecutive year and would like to congratulate the 2020 winners for their outstanding achievements and look forward to their future achievements.”