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For Women in Science 2018: 5  Maghreb researchers awarded

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“For Women in Science” program, Maghreb edition, organized by L’Oréal under the auspices of UNESCO, awarded scholarships to the five winners of its fifth edition, during a ceremony held Wednesday evening in Rabat .


Houda Taimourya and Hasnaa Chaabi from Morocco, Olfa Ben Braiek and Zohra Dhouafli from Tunisia and Lilia Zaidi from Algeria, all received a scholarship of 10,000 euros each for the quality of their contributions to scientific research in the Maghreb region.

The Women in Science program aims to promote the participation of young women in science. The 5 winners develop research projects that aim to help the community, improve their well-being, their health and their environment.

Ms. Taimourya, from the Faculty of Sciences of Rabat, was rewarded for her research project which is part of the vision of the Green Morocco Plan and which will contribute to the development of techniques and databases important for the phytoremediation of mining and industrial discharges nationally and internationally.

Ms. Chaabi on the other hand, from Abdelmalek Essaadi University of Tetouan, presented a project on the improvement of the Moroccan education system by designing a specific model and a more innovative approach based on the technologies of the Information and Communication for Education (ICT).

Ms. Ben Braiek’s postdoctoral subject focuses on the valorization of endemic essential oils, while Ms. Dhouafli’s project concerns the large-scale extraction / purification of a natural molecule with very strong anti-Alzheimer effects. Finally, Ms. Zaidi is interested in optimizing a radiotherapy device for Boro neutron therapy.

The ceremony was also the occasion of signing a commitment charter, which aims to promote women in the scientific field at different levels through equal access to scholarships, recruitment,   and recognition of women’s excellence. This initiative, launched under the name Men for Women in Science in March 2018 in Paris, aims to contribute to a better balanced science in terms of gender representation, and therefore more effective research

Supported by the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, in the person of Said Amzazi, the Charter was signed by several personalities. A commitment that aims to end prejudice, sexism and obstacles placed before women scientists, preventing them from seeking the first places in research.