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WATS - Women Award in Technology & Science

WATS  - Women Award in Technology and Science

Today, only 25% of all those with a scientific or technical degree are women. These telling figures show that it is necessary to stimulate girls to choose a scientific career. That is why Innoviris is launching its new campaign WATS - Women Award in Technology and Science. 

The objectives of this campaign are the following: 

·        to strengthen the position of women in scientific research and innovation in the Brussels Capital Region, especially in fields where few women are present

·        to generate interest in science and technology among young girls in Brussels.

To this end, Innoviris will put the spotlight on different profiles of women in science throughout the year, so that the candidates become examples for young girls. Via a competition, a winner will be chosen, who will receive a prize of EUR 10,000 and become an ambassador for all women scientists in Brussels.

Six candidates have been selected: 

  • Elise Elsacker - PhD researcher at the Architectural Engineering Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • Damya Laoui - Team leader Tumor Immunology at the Cellular and Molecular of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • Ann Dooms - Professor Mathematics department at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • Karine Van Doninck - Professor and Head of the research group "Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology at the UNamur

  • Emmanuelle Vin - Founder of Amia Systems

  • Lieve Lambrechts - Assistant and researcher at the Applied Physics Research Group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The communication campaign will be launched in october. At the beginning of 2018 the Brussels Science Woman of the Year will be revealed. 

Any living woman, without any nationality requirement, who fulfils the conditions below, can be a candidate:

·        be a woman

·        hold a scientific degree, i.e.:

·        have a diploma of the sixth year of technical or vocational secondary school in a technological or scientific field

·        have a bachelor's degree in an exact scientific or technical subject 

·        have a master's degree in an exact scientific or technical subject

·        carry out her professional activity in the Brussels Capital Region

·        have more than 5 years of professional scientific and/or technological experience

·        be active in awareness raising about science: have undertaken at least one popularisation campaign

·        To participate in the WATS campaign, you must either register yourself or be proposed by someone. This means that candidates can either submit their applications themselves or can be proposed by someone in the field of science.

·        Applications must be submitted using an application form. Applications that do not use this form will be rejected.

·        Applications must be submitted at the latest on 31/07/2017 at 2:00 p.m. to Innoviris, Institute for Research and Innovation, Chaussée de Charleroi 110, B-1060 Brussels, and must be sent to mpossoz@innoviris.brussels. Applications submitted after that date will not be considered.

·        The application must contain all information and documents as required in the form, as well as any other useful documents to support the application.

·        More information about this campaign and the admission criteria can be found in the rules.

Innoviris contact person 

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Muriel Possoz 

Science Promotion Advisor

Communication and Science promotion team

Tél. +32 2 600 50 15
mpossoz@innoviris.brussels