Dr. Segenet Kelemu: 2014 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO AWARDS

Posted: Apr, 7th 2015


Each year, scientists from all over the world are invited to submit candidates for the Awards. Final selection of the Laureates are made by an international jury of eminent members of the scientific community and chaired by Nobel Prize winners. This year it was an honour to congratulate Dr. Segenet Kelemu for winning laureate for Africa and Arab States.

Lauréates 2014 KELEMU

The first women from her region to attend what was then Ethiopia’s only university, Dr. Segenet Kelemu is being honored for her research on how microorganisms living in symbiosis with forage grasses can improve their capacity to resist disease and adapt to environmental and climate change. Her work is providing new solutions for ecologically responsible food crop production, especially by local, small-scale farmers. After having studied in the United States and worked in Colombia, she returned to Africa and is now at the heart of an impressive international scientific research network

FWIS 2014 introduction

In addition to this Fifteen 2014 UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellowships were granted to young women whose promising research projects have a potential impact on human well-being and the environment. Here are the four from Africa.

Boursières 2014 Nigeria

 Aramide Oshingboye

 Nigeria Plant molecular biology 

Boursières 2014 Sudan

Adila Elobeid - Sudan - Medicine


Boursières 2014 Tunisia Boursières 2014 SouthAfrica

Farah Ouechtati’s - Tunisa - 


Emma Gray - South Africa -



For more on 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards visit the Website


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