South African Doctoral student wins a L’Oréal-UNESCO prize [fr]
The French Embassy in South Africa congratulates Adriana Marais, Doctoral student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), who was honored by the 17th L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Ceremony.
The 17th L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Ceremony was held on 19 March 2015 in the historic Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne University in Paris, before an audience of 700 experts and opinion leaders. The event was opened by Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO and Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal and Chairman of the L’Oréal Foundation.
Adriana Marais has been awarded for her project in the quantum origins of life “A description of the emergence of life from inanimate matter”, among 15 other promising international young researchers. The Durban-based young scientist is completing her PhD in UKZN, where she also teaches as a part-time lecturer in the Quantum Research Group - the only research unit of its kind in South Africa- established by Professor Francesco Petruccione.
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