The 13th Chinese Young Women in Science Award was presented in Beijing on Feb. 28, 2017.
Shen Yueyue (right) with an awardee.
Shen Yueyue, president of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), Song Xiuyan, vice president and the first member of the secretariat of ACWF, Shang Yong, executive vice president and chief executive secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and other leading members of ACWF and CAST, as well as representatives of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO attended the award ceremony. Also present at the ceremony were Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's moon exploration program, Zou Xiangyu, senior scientist at the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and other scientists, as well as diplomats from the French Embassy.
After review and evaluation by a committee composed of 32 members of CAS and the Chinese Academy of Engineering and other experts, the award was presented to Prof. Wang Lin from Wuhan Union Hospital affiliated to Huazhong University of Science and Technology and other nine outstanding women scientists from Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Hubei and Shaanxi.
In her speech at the award ceremony, Song Xiuyan urged the awardees to value their honor, continue to score new heights in accelerating the development of science and technology in our country and make new merits. She also urged women scientists throughout the country to follow the example set by the awardees and try to make greater contributions in the mass innovation and mass entrepreneurship drive.
The Chinese Young Women in Science Award was created in 2004 by ACWF, CAST, the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and L'Oreal (China),which is an extension of the L'Oreal-UNESCO program of Women in Science Partnership. Over the last 13 years, a total of 115 women scientists from China's 21 provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities under direct jurisdiction of the central government and from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) have been awarded.
The recipients of the 2016 Women Scientists of the Future was also announced at the ceremony. The Women Scientists of the Future is an honor created by CAST in 2015, which is an extension of the L'Oréal-UNESCO Most Potential Women in Science Awarding program.Each year, the title is given to 5 female researchers who are working as PhD graduate students or postdocs, one of whom is nominated as candidate for L'Oréal-UNESCO Most Potential Women in Science Award. This year, Long Ran, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Science and Technology of China, was nominated as a candidate for the L'Oréal-UNESCOaward.