How life survives in unlikely places, gender barriers and more – L’Or

Dear ASC’ers,

I am writing on behalf of Megan Ryan, L’Oréal Australia, to update you on L’Oréal’s For Women in Science activities.

Here’s a short description of what’s included in the latest bulletin, the full version is online at

In the latest L’Oréal bulletin:

Finding life in extreme physical environments: expatriate Australian Professor Jillian Banfield among the five Laureates announced for 2011

US-based Australian Professor Jillian Banfield is among the five winners of the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards announced on 11 November 2010 by Professor Ahmed Zewail, President of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Jury.

Banfield is Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and of Materials Science and Engineering, at the University of California, Berkeley, United States. She won for her work on bacterial and material behaviour under extreme conditions relevant to the environment and the Earth.

L’Oréal Australian Fellows win 2010 Eureka Prizes

2008 Fellow Amanda Barnard and 2010 Fellow Rowena Martin have been awarded Eureka Prizes for their research achievements.

Amanda has won the 2010 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research for her work on predicting properties of nanoparticles in sunscreens.

Recent US survey shows that gender is still a major barrier for women in science

Gender still matters, according to a recent US survey on the ability of women to succeed and move ahead in scientific careers.

98 per cent of women surveyed said they knew of someone who had left scientific research because of barriers including work/life balance, having and raising children and gender bias. In contrast, male scientists were more likely to leave for reasons including insufficient pay, access to grants/funding or job scarcity.

The survey of 1300 male and female scientists was commissioned by L’Oréal USA and performed by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

Applying for Australian Fellowships for 2011

L’Oréal Australia will offer three fellowships in 2011 valued at $20,000 each. Applications will open on 1 April 2010.

Full details at

Kind regards,



Niall Byrne

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