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OWSD shortlisted for Nature Research Awards for Inspiring and Innovating Science

September 04, 2020

The award celebrates and supports the achievements of women in science.

OWSD has been shortlisted for the Nature Research Awards for Inspiring and Innovating Science – Science Outreach category. The announcement of the shortlist was made on Friday, September 4 on the Nature website. Finalists will be announced in an online presentation on October 14, 2020.

This award, given by Nature in partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies, is intended to celebrate and support the achievements of women in science, and of all those who work to encourage girls and young women to engage with STEM subjects and support women to stay in STEM careers around the world. Selected entries have "shown exceptional vision, insight and/or imagination and demonstrated that they encourage, support or promote the interest of girls and/or women in STEM."

The eventual winners of the Nature Research Awards for Inspiring & Innovating Science will receive a US$30,000 grant to spend on initiatives linked to the award as well as a US$5,200 grant for event funding, coverage on nature.com, and an invitation to present their work or initiative to the scientists at The Estée Lauder Companies, among other opportunities.

The news was shared at the ESOF2020 conference in OWSD's home city of Trieste, Italy. "This award is such important recognition for OWSD that the work we do has an impact on women’s participation in science at an international level," said OWSD Programme Coordinator Tonya Blowers. "We are well known in the developing world but perhaps not so well known here in Trieste, where we are based. Nature’s seal of approval during the important week of ESOF2020 here in Trieste will give us increased visibility and credibility in Trieste, in Italy and in Europe - where we seek parners and collaborators."

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