The Young Academy of Sweden constitutes the scientific party when For Women in Science is introduced in Sweden.
If everything proceeds according to plan, prominent, young, female researchers in Sweden will be able to apply to a Swedish edition of For Women in Science (FWIS) this fall. The initiative provides support to young, female researchers on their way to becoming independent research leaders.
Please help us spread information about the initiative which will be an open call launched in the early fall 2015. More information will be published on the Academy's website, Facebook page and Twitter.
FWIS was initiated in 1998 by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO, the UN organization for education, science and culture, with the purpose to support and recognize accomplished women researchers. Another aim with FWIS is to increase the number of women in science, and to identify and bring forward female rolemodels. More women scientists should be able to obtain positions of responsibility, just like their male counterparts, so that future generations will have role models to inspire them.
Each year five L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards are presented, one per continent, at a ceremony in Paris. Moreover, 15 Fellowships, “International rising talents”, are awarded to junior women scientists from allover the world. Two of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award laureates have subsequently been awarded the Nobel Prize: Elizabeth Blackburn, physiology or medicine in 2009, and Ada Yonath, chemistry in 2009.
The FWIS-program also comprises regional and national fellowships, and it is a national edition that is about to be introduced in Sweden in a partnership between L'Oréal, the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO and the Young Academy of Sweden. In Denmark the FWIS is established since 2007 and in Finland since 2006. Young Academy of Sweden member Maria Tenje was awarded the FWIS Denmark in 2009. The recipients of the first Swedish FWIS will be presented in March 2016 around the time of the International Women's Day.
The FWIS-program has also launched a website, DiscovHer, where news, information, reports and surveys about women in science are published.