PhD fellow Aline Saraiva Okello has been selected as one of the winners of the Regional Fellowships for Women in Science (FWIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each year L'Oréal and UNESCO jointly honour inspiring women scientists from various regions and this year Aline has been rewarded for her work in the scientific field.
The awarding ceremony will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 25 September. There she will be awarded a fellowship of €15,000 to put towards her PhD research. Aline is currently working on this research in her home country Mozambique. The topic of her research is: 'Bridging the gaps between Hydrology, Land use and Water Management using Tracers and Water recources Modelling in the Incomati Basin' and this research is part of the RISKOMAN Project. Her promotors are Stefan Uhlenbrook and Pieter van der Zaag.
The L'Oreal-UNESCO Regional FWIS has been introduced in 2010 by the L'Oreal Foundation, in cooperation with UNESCO, to increase the participation of women in the field of science. "Women face a number of challenges in this still heavily male-dominated sector. L'Oreal seeks to assist by removing one of these hurdles, which is access to finance", says Bertrand de Laleu, L'Oreal South Africa Managing Director.