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Aussie Scientist Awarded Prestigious Global Award

Queenslander Prof. Lidia Morawska announced as 2023 International Laureate for L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Program

L’Oréal-UNESCO is proud to announce Australian Professor Lidia Morawska from the Queensland University of Technology as a Laureate for the prestigious 2023 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Program. Professor Morawska will be recognised at the awards ceremony in Paris on Wednesday 14 June for her outstanding contributions to scientific research in the field of air pollution and its impact on human health and the environment. Professor Morawska will also receive €100,000 ($165,000 AUD) to further her research.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Global For Women in Science Awards. Since 1998, the awards have been celebrating and empowering female scientists worldwide. Each year, five brilliant women scientists from different regions of the world are honoured for their remarkable achievements and their significant contributions to scientific advancement on a global scale.

Professor Lidia Morawska said, "I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award. The recognition of my research on air pollution and its impact on human health and the environment by L'Oréal and UNESCO is a testament to the importance of addressing this pressing global issue. I am committed to continuing my work and driving positive change in the field of air quality, and I hope to inspire more women to pursue scientific careers."

Marnie Carroll, Chief Corporate Affairs & Engagement Officer at L'Oréal Australia & New Zealand said, "Over the past quarter-century, this program has raised the profiles of more than 4,100 exceptional women scientists and recognised the excellence of 127 Laureates through financial rewards and media exposure. We are proud to support and promote women-led scientific research, as it plays a vital role in highlighting the pressing societal challenges we face today," said Marnie.

“The Laureates serve as role models for aspiring women scientists and future generations, giving the young girls of today the confidence and encouragement to pursue scientific excellence.”

Professor Lidia Morawska's exceptional dedication to her field has earned her the distinction of being named a Laureate for the Asia and Pacific region. Her pioneering research on air pollution has had a profound impact on both human health and environmental sustainability. Professor Morawska's work has bridged the gap between fundamental science and practical policy implementation, making significant strides towards providing clean air for communities across the globe.

The Laureates for the 2023 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Program will be officially announced at an event taking place on Thursday 15 June, 2023 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. This global celebration of women in science will bring together outstanding scientists, policymakers, and influencers in the field to honour the Laureates and celebrate their exceptional contributions.

Furthermore, in November, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards will take place locally in Australia, recognising five female scientists and providing them with grants to support their specific research projects.

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The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Program was established in 1998 to promote and support women-led scientific research globally. Each year, the program honours five Laureates, one from each major region of the world, for their remarkable contributions to advancing scientific knowledge. The program aims to empower women scientists, foster gender equality in the scientific community, and inspire future generations of women to pursue scientific careers.

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