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L’Oréal - UNESCO “For Women in Science” celebrates the Acknowledgement of Three Lebanese Scientists

During the 19th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science” Awards Ceremony that took place at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris, on the 23rd of March 2017, five exceptional women scientists, one per continent, were honoured by the international scientific community for their world-changing discoveries. Among them, was the Lebanese Professor Niveen Khashab, who was awarded the 2017 International Laureate for Africa and the Arab States, for designing novel nanoparticles that could improve early detection of disease. 
The program also supports the achievements of younger women who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Among 250 national and regional fellows, 15 most promising women scientists were recognized this year as International Rising Talent, including two Lebanese women scientists, Dr. Tamara Elzein and Dr. Nazek Al-Atab.
On this occasion, The L’Oréal - UNESCO “For Women in Science” Levant and Egypt program recognized these remarkable Lebanese women scientists for their outstanding accomplishments during a round table held at Phoenicia Hotel, on the 4th of April 2017. The event was attended by Mr. Phillippe Patsalides, General Manager of L’Oréal Levant, Professor Mouin Hamzé, Secretary General of the National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon, and Dr Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, along with a crowd of renowned political and academic figures, in addition to media representatives.   
During his speech, Mr. Phillippe Patsalides, General Manager of L’Oréal Levant, recalled: “The L’Oreal –UNESCO ‘For Women in Science’ program has been supporting women scientists for 19 years around the world. This year’s Lebanese Laureate and International Rising Talents, along with the brilliant Lebanese women scientists who preceded them, are placing Lebanon on the worldwide map of scientific success and proving that Lebanon has a huge potential of excellent women scientists.” 
He continued: “We are proud of our partnership with the National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon, which allowed the regional edition of the program, to encourage women scientists in the Levant region and Egypt, offering them a solid platform to advance their research and promote it on a global scale.”
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