Awardees of the IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

To celebrate International Women′s Day this March 8th, IUPAC is pleased to announce the awardees of the IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering:

Prof. Misako Aida, Hiroshima University, Japan
Prof. Lifeng Chi, Soochow University, Suzhou, China
Prof. M. Concepción Gimeno, Institute of Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis (ISQCH), CSIC-University of Zaragoza, Spain
Dr Jaqueline Kiplinger, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, United States
Prof. Zafra Lerman, Malta Conferences Foundation, Evanston, IL, United States
Prof. Thisbe K. Lindhorst, Universität Kiel, Germany
Prof. Ekaterina Lokteva, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Prof. Yvonne Mascarenhas, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, Brazil
Dr Veronika Ruth Meyer, Empa St. Gallen (retired), Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
Prof. Ingrid Montes-González, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Prof. Frances Separovic, University of Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Jihong Yu, Jilin University, China

The awards program, initiated as part of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry celebrations, was created to acknowledge and promote the work of women chemists/chemical engineers worldwide. These 12 awardees have been selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence in the chemical sciences. The Awards Committee has been particularly interested in nominees with a history of leadership and/or community service during their careers.

An award ceremony will take place during the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in São Paulo, Brazil, coinciding with the special symposium on Women in Chemistry and reception in honor of the recipients. See for details.*

Professor Vanderlan da S. Bolzani, co-chair of the special symposium, remarked: “We are especially pleased with this year’s awardees and eager to recognize their contribution in a special session organized for the 2017 IUPAC Congress. Each year since 2011, the award has gained more attention in the community. During this year’s Congress and with the help of IUPAC leadership, we plan to continue this trend. My hope is to make every day International Women’s Day!”.

The International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

A list of recipients of the award since its inception in 2011 may be found HERE (PDF added 21 March 2017)

See also project 2015-007-1-020 or originating call for nominations

*update posted 29 June 2017 – download program of the Awards presentation and special symposium to be held at the Congress in Sao Paulo. [PDF]


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Announcement reprint in Chem Int Apr 2017, p. 18;

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