Last night, L’Oréal-UNESCO brought together key guests across business, beauty, science, media, and government to celebrate four outstanding Australian female scientists at the annual L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Ceremony held at Sophia – The Prahran Arcade.
In 1998, L’Oréal and UNESCO founded the For Women in Science program to promote and highlight the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science. This evening’s ceremony, hosted by Sarah Abo, recognised and supported each Fellow with a $25,000 grant to continue their research and help them rise to leadership positions in their field of expertise.
Attendees heard from impassioned speakers including, long-time supporter of the program The Hon. Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria; 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year and inventor, Macinley Butson; and Rodrigo Pizarro, CEO of L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand.
“At L’Oréal we are committed to supporting women in science and highlight their research and expertise in their fields,” said L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand CEO, Rodrigo Pizarro. “Seeing how impressive our For Women in Science fellows are, is a testament to this program each year. We are thrilled to showcase that science is a great career and anything can be done if you set your heart to it. We cannot wait to see these exceptional women progress in their research.”
This year, once again L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellows are nothing short of inspiring and we are proud and excited to share their accomplishments in their unique field of expertise.
The 2021 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellows are Dr Philippa Karoly, University of Melbourne; Dr Mahdokht Shaibani, Monash University; Dr Kirsty Nash, University of Tasmania; Dr Jiawen Li, University of Adelaide; and Dr. Olivia Harrison, University of Otago. According to L’Oréal, these women are nothing short of inspiring and everyone is “proud and excited to share their accomplishments in their unique field of expertise.”
Key guests included:
Governor of Victoria, The Hon. Linda Dessau
Actress, Rachel Griffiths
Miss Universe Australia, Maria Thattil
CSIRO Chief Scientist, Professor Bronwyn Fox
60 Minutes Presenter, Sarah Abo
Entrepreneur, Sarah Davidson
Actor, Tim Kano
2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, Macinley Butson
Former Miss Universe, Olivia Molly Rogers
Dr Lynn Burmeister
Actress, Sharon Johal
L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand CEO, Rodrigo Pizarro