L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Honors Ms Oluwademilade Fayemiwo

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Honors Ms Oluwademilade Fayemiwo

Publishing Date: 11/13/2017 12:00 AM

Congratulations to Ms Oluwademilade Fayemiwo, a PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering for being honored on a global stage as the recipient of a L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 2017 fellowship of 5 000 Euros.

Title of Project: Novel tannin-based adsorbents from green tea for the removal of organic pollutants in oilfield produced water


The 2017 edition of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa ceremony celebrated 14 young female scientists. As part of the programme launched in 2010, female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa were honored for their work and impact in the scientific field.  Their fields of research vary across different disciplines and address key global issues.

Since 1998, the L'Oréal Corporate Foundation and UNESCO have been committed to women in science and to increasing the number of women working in scientific research. 150 years after Marie Curie's birth, still only 28%* of researchers are women and only 3% of Scientific Nobel Prizes are awarded to them. That is why, for the past 19 years, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has worked to honor and accompany women researchers at key moments in their careers. Since the programme began, it has supported more than 2,700 young women from 115 countries and celebrated 97 Laureates, at the peak of their careers, including professors Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Ada Yonath, who went on to win a Nobel Prize.

Sandeep Rai, Managing Director, L'Oréal South Africa highlighted the power of these women scientists and the women scientists who have been celebrated this year. "The world continues to face unprecedented challenges such as climate change, water scarcity, illnesses and food security among other issues.  Only a shared, controlled science, at the service of the world's population, is able to meet the major challenges of the twenty-first century, and our researchers are the proof."

The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa programme has reached many women across Africa. The prestigious Awards Ceremony where the scientists were presented with the fellowship took place on the evening of 8 November at The Venue Greenpark, Johannesburg. 

For more information on the For Women in Science programme visit www.forwomeninscience.com.

From left - Managing Director, L'Oreal South Africa, Mr Sandeep Rai - Ms Oluwademilade Fayemiwo - University of Johannesburg, Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng , UNESCO