1st South African Young Talents ceremony of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme

06/12/2019
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The first awards ceremony of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African Young Talents Programme was held in Johannesburg on Friday, 8 November. The newly established national programme – that belonged to the Sub-Saharan Regional Programme until 2018 - highlights L'Oréal and UNESCO's strong commitment to contribute to the development of scientific excellence in Africa.

 

The first awards ceremony of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African Young Talents Programme was held in Johannesburg on Friday, 8 November. The newly established national programme – that belonged to the Sub-Saharan Regional Programme until 2018 - highlights L'Oréal and UNESCO  strong commitment to contribute to the development of scientific excellence in Africa.

The seven female researchers  – five doctoral and two post-doctoral – were selected for the scientific excellence of their work from over 175  applicants by a jury of independent experts. The PhD candidates were awarded a research grant of R80 000 each and the post-doctoral researchers a research grant of 160 000 each.

The winners travelled to Dakar, Senegal, to attend the 10th Ceremony of the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Programme and benefitted from a training programme that will help strengthen their career.

2019 South African National Young Talents:

PhD candidates
Each PhD candidate will receive a research grant of R80 000  

Yogandree Ramsamy
Department of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal 
Triangulating the Molecular Epidemiology of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae from Humans, Food, Animals and the Environment

Shantelle Claassen
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town 
Nasopharyngeal bacterial community profiles as a biomarker for Lower Respiratory Tract Infections (LRTI) during infancy

Chelsea Tucker
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
Designing a catalyst with improved fuel selectivity for decentralized waste-to-fuel production in Africa 

Emma Platts
Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town
Machine Learning and Data Clustering Techniques to Probe Fast Radio Bursts and Constrain Cosmological Parameter

Sinenhlanhla Sikhosana
College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Diffuse Radio Emission in Atacama Cosmology Telescope's polarimetric extension Clusters

Post-Doctoral Researchers 

Melissa Nel
Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town 
Investigating the genetic basis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in subjects of African genetic ancestry

Busiswa Ndaba 
Institute for Soil, Climate and Water, Agricultural Research Council 
Sustainable production and application of nanofertilizers through the adoption of biosynthesis approach