The Estee Lauder Companies has announced the winners of the inaugural Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Science and Innovating Science, for which it is a partner. The global awards were created to recognise both inspirational early-career female researchers and those who work to champion female participation in STEM subjects.
Astrophysicist Assistant Professor at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute, Mirjana Povic took home the Award for Inspiring Science while the Association of Hungarian Women in Science collected the Award for Innovating Science.
Commenting, Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief of Nature, said: “The applications were of an incredibly high quality, and selecting the winners presented us all with a difficult decision. Overall, I am delighted to see two such worthy first winners. With women making up less than one third of the world’s researchers and facing barriers to pursuing long-term careers that lead to senior positions in science, the contest provides an important spotlight on the exceptional achievements of female scientists and those working to promote greater inclusiveness in the scientific community.
“Mirjana Pović is a fantastic role model for young women wanting a career in astrophysics, having contributed to more than 10 international projects. The Association of Hungarian Women in Science is doing important work, through its country-wide network of scientists, promoting the need for gender balance in academia, technology, innovation and research and development.”