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Distinguished role model for women in science receives global award

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News from: The John Innes Centre

A world-leading Norwich-based plant scientist, who receives funding from BBSRC, has been named as a 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science laureate.

Professor Dame Caroline Dean OBE, from the John Innes Centre, received the prestigious award for her, “ground-breaking research on how plants adapt to their surroundings and climate change, leading to new ways for crop improvement.”

The L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO announce the names of five outstanding scientists – one from each continent - who will receive the 2018 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in life sciences.

An independent jury selected five outstanding scientists, all of whom are global leaders in their field. The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards celebrate the many eminent women in science all over the world, and in particular they expose the under-representation of women in prestigious awards.

Professor Dean said: “It’s a great honour to be recognised by the L’Oréal Foundation with this award. I look forward to an exciting year ahead and hope that I can continue to inspire girls and female scientists to follow their curiosity.”

Director of the John Innes Centre, Professor Dale Sanders said: “Caroline is an excellent role model and ambassador for women in science.  Her passion and drive for her science is inspiring and she works with outstanding enthusiasm to encourage more women to aspire to be scientists and to reach their full potential. She is a shining example to us all.”

Melanie Welham, Chief Executive of BBSRC said: “I offer my warmest congratulations to Caroline on this prestigious award and the recognition of the important research she has conducted with her team at the John Innes Centre. As a keen advocate for women in science I am delighted that Caroline provides the inspiration to motivate and encourage other women in science.”

The award will be presented at a ceremony on the 22 March 2018 in Paris, on the 20th anniversary of the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science programme.


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