Local female scientist receives L’Oreal-UNESCO award

VOV.VN - A total of 15 excellent female scientists, including Vietnamese Associate Professor Dr Ho Thi Thanh Van, were honoured at the annual L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award ceremony held in Paris, France, on June 22.

The research project carried out by the Vietnamese scientist made use of new multifunctional nanomaterials as catalysts aimed at improving battery performance. The research received high appreciation from the judge.

The lecturer from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment was selected out of a total of 250 applicants from across the world for her research theme on green energy.

This marks the third time since 2015 that a female Vietnamese scientist has been given the award.

Addressing the awards ceremony, Assoc. Prof. Van outlined her delight and relief at receiving the global honour, and at the same time highlighted how Vietnam can contribute to scientific development globally.

Le Thi Hong Van, head of the Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to UNESCO, said the achievement is a source of pride for Vietnam and national female scientists in particular in response to International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, in which Vietnam is one of the pioneering countries. 

Vietnam is ready to unite with the global community as it seeks to solve problems relating to science in the current era, she added.

The L’Oreal – UNESCO for Women in Science Award was first launched in 1998 to encourage women’s intelligence, creativity, and passion for science.

So far, the award has honoured 112 excellent female scientists worldwide and has offered financial support to more than 3,800 female scientists from 110 countries and territories globally.