The Elsevier Foundation, OWSD and TWAS Call for 2014 Chemistry Award Nominations for Early Career Women Scientists in Developing

     The Elsevier Foundation, OWSD and TWAS Call for 2014 Chemistry Award
    Nominations for Early Career Women Scientists in Developing Countries

  PR Newswire

  AMSTERDAM, April 10, 2013

AMSTERDAM, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Research excellence nominations accepted through September 15 to support
research, build capacity and inspire a new generation of women scientists in
the developing world

The Elsevier Foundation , the Organization for Women in Science for the
Developing World (OWSD) and TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing
world announced today their call for award nominations for the 2014 Elsevier
Foundation Awards recognizing talented early career women scientists from
Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This year's
awards program will focus on chemistry. The five winning scientists will be
celebrated for their research excellence, and receive a cash prize of US$5,000
in addition to a year's complementary access to ScienceDirect and all-expenses
paid attendance at the annual American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS) conference in February 2014. Nominations will be accepted from
April 10th through September 15, 2013. The award winners will be announced in
February 2014 at the AAAS annual conference.

Each year, the Elsevier Foundation Award Program, in collaboration with OWSD
and TWAS rotates between disciplines (medical/life sciences, chemistry and
physics/math) to ensure optimal exposure and networking synergies. The 2013
awards issued in Boston in February, awarded five medical and life sciences
researchers from Bangladesh, Yemen, Peru, Nigeria and Mongolia for their
research excellence.

Nominations for the awards will be accepted from early career scientists
(within ten years of graduating with a PhD degree) from the 81
scientifically-lagging countries as defined by TWAS . All nominations will be
reviewed by a committee of eminent scientists representing the five regions in
the discipline selected, including members of TWAS and OWSD, and chaired by
OWSD president, Prof. Fang Xin.

"Since this prize was initiated, we at OWSD have been deeply impressed by the
important and inspiring research that is being done by early-career women
scientists in the developing world," said Fang Xin, president of OWSD. "The
2013 competition was a great success, and we look forward to a strong new
round of nominations for some of the world's most promising young scientists."

"TWAS sees these awards for early-career women scientists as extremely
important," said Romain Murenzi, the Academy's executive director. "Not only
do they recognize life-enhancing and life-saving research, but they send a
message to younger generations of girls and women: We need you, and we need
your best work, to address the great challenges that confront all people and
all societies. We're honored to work with the Elsevier Foundation and OWSD to
recognize this excellence in research."

"Partnering with TWAS and OWSD to pay tribute to women scientists in the
developing world is an honor given their unique insights into conducting
science in the Global South," said David Ruth, Executive Director of the
Elsevier Foundation, "These awards have taught us a great deal about the
challenges and dynamics faced by women scientists as they navigate their
academic disciplines within their countries."

Notes for Editors

Award Nomination forms may be downloaded from the OWSD website and submitted
by September 15, 2013 to

About TWAS

TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, is an autonomous
international organization, based in Trieste, Italy, that promotes scientific
excellence for sustainable development in the South. Originally named "Third
World Academy of Sciences", it was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of
scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate
Abdus Salam of Pakistan. The Academy's strength resides in the quality and
diversity of its membership - internationally renowned scientists elected by
their peers. TWAS currently has more than 1,000 members from 90 countries, 73
of which are developing countries. It is administered by The United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and financially
supported by the Italian government.

About OWSD

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is an
international organization affiliated to TWAS. Headed by eminent women
scientists from the South, OWSD has more than 4,000 members. The central role
is to promote women's access to science and technology, enhancing their
greater involvement in decision-making processes for the development of their
countries and in the international scientific community. Created in 1989,
OWSD's overall goal is to work towards bridging the gender gap in science and
technology. OWSD uses its forum to promote leadership, exchanges and
networking for women scientists as well as for discussions to assist in the
development of national capabilities to evolve, explore and improve strategies
for increasing female participation in science.

About The Elsevier Foundation

The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate charity funded by Elsevier , a global
provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and
services. The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to knowledge centered
institutions around the world, with a focus on developing world libraries,
nurse faculty and scholars in the early stages of their careers. Since its
inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants worth millions of
dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. Through
gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees
to play a positive role in their local and global communities.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services. The company works in partnership with the
global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals,
including The Lancet and Cell , and close to 20,000 book titles, including
major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions
include ScienceDirect , Scopus , Reaxys , ClinicalKey and Mosby's Suite ,
which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the
SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review , which help research and health care
institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people
worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC , a world leading
provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal
and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and
Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London
Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

Media contacts

Edward Lempinen TWAS/OWSD Public Information Office +39-040-2240-512

Ylann Schemm Elsevier Foundation Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager,
Elsevier +31-6-23982359
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