22 December 2017

Applications open for L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards

Applications are being accepted for the L'Oréal-UNESCO UK Fellowships for Women in Science. The awards promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing research careers in life and physical sciences careers in the UK or Ireland. 

Haematologist, and BSH member, Dr Bethan Psaila was awarded a 2017 fellowship earlier this year: “My research is focused on normal and malignant megakaryocyte biology.

“The aim of my research is to determine the cellular and molecular pathways of abnormal megakaryopoiesis in myelofibrosis, to identify novel therapeutic targets for this disease.”

The annual programme awards outstanding female postdoctoral researchers with £15,000 of financial support to continue research in their fields.

“Increasing numbers of women study science, but women are still dramatically underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce, and spectacularly so in leadership roles.

“What many women need to progress in their careers is flexible funding. Part of my award will fund key experiments. Additional funding for childcare/home help and home IT equipment from the award is also helping me to maximize my working day productivity and to travel to international conferences and collaborator meetings, and thereby compete more fairly with my male counterparts when I look to establish my own independent research group.”

For more information on the awards and on how to apply, please visit the Women in Science website.