|The nine Chinese women in science prize-winners [Provided by L'Oréal China]
Nine Chinese women in science were honored for outstanding achievements in their research work at an award ceremony in Beijing on Tuesday.
The event was jointly held by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Commission of China for UNESCO and L'Oréal China.
At the ceremony, Shen Yan, vice-president of CAST and an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, introduced those to be honored. He said that the nine prizewinners finally stood out of the 172 candidates after going through an election process overseen by the review board formed of 38 academics and experts.
The prizewinners include:
· Peng Xinhua, professor at the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Science and Technology of China;
· Hu Hailan, professor at the Institute of Neuroscience at Zhejiang University;
· Wang Linghua, researcher of Earth and Space Sciences at Peking University;
· Wu Chen, researcher at the Cancer Hospital at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences;
· Li Zan, professor at the State Key Laboratory of Integrated Services Networks at Xidian University;
· Zhang Lihua, researcher at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences;
· Guo Wangzhen, professor at Nanjing Agricultural University;
· Wu Beili, researcher at the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica at the Chinese Academy of Sciences;
· Yang Qian, professor of neurosurgery at The Fourth Military Medical University.
Shang Yong, secretary of the Party leadership group and executive vice-president of CAST, delivered a speech at the ceremony, in which he hailed the prizewinners for their spirit of persistence and forging ahead with determination in their careers, which has, in turn, lead them to a series of high-level achievements in science and technology.
During the ceremony, five candidates who were included in the future female scientists plan for the first session received a certificate. The plan was established by CAST this year and is the development and extension of the 'Global Female Scientists with the Highest Potential' program by UNESCO and L'Oréal. The plan elects five women in science who are still studying for their doctorate or post doctorate and recommends one to be a candidate for the 'Global Female Scientists with the Highest Potential in China' award annually.
Recommended by CAST, Ying Dielun, who is studying for a post doctorate at the East China University of Science and Technology, was included in the program.
At the subsequent forum, the nine prizewinners interacted with female senior high school students and internet users via the digital online platform. They talked about their scientific studies and how much they enjoy the frequent new discoveries they make in this area. They also shared the positive contributions of their scientific research to society, enlightening the students to discover the changes that science can bring to the world.
Xie Yi, professor at the University of Science and Technology of China who received the 'L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award' in 2015, also attended the event.
Shen Yueyue, vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) and president of ACWF, and Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of ACWF, attended the award ceremony and presented awards to the honor receivers.
Jiao Yang, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of ACWF, presided over the award ceremony.