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Hagar Galbard-Shagiv won the UNESCO L'Oreal Prize for Women in Science 2011 for continental Europe

After winning the title in Israel, Hagar Galbard-Shakib was also selected for the All-European prize by a panel of judges that includes Nobel Prize winners

Hagar Galbard-Shagiv on the award stage. Photo: Erez Lichtenfeld
Hagar Galbard-Shagiv on the award stage. Photo: Erez Lichtenfeld

after she won In the UNESCO L'Oréal Prize for Women in Science in Israel, (in the category of young female scientists, together with Dr. Gali Golan from the Hebrew University) Hagar Galbard-Shagiv also picked up the European prize. On Thursday this week, the official international ceremony for the UNESCO-L'OREAL project "For Women in Science" 2011 was held in Paris, which presented the leading and promising young women scientists in the world. Among hundreds of nominations from all over the world, this year, among the young winners, an Israeli scientist, Hagar Galbard-Shagiv, won an international award for research with groundbreaking potential in the field of consciousness. This is an impressive achievement for Israeli science, since the Israeli program for submitting applications for the "For Women in Science" scholarship was opened only two years ago - and this year again an Israeli scientist is being honored and recognized internationally.

The Israeli Committee for UNESCO and L'Oréal Israel have been cooperating for 13 years in order to promote young women scientists in Israel, officially the local project has existed in Israel for two years, and is based on international cooperation between L'Oréal World and UNESCO - L'ORÉAL-UNESCO "For Women In Science". This is an international partnership founded in 1998, and is designed to recognize the contribution of prominent women scientists to scientific progress and to encourage the participation of women in scientific research.

The Israeli jury that selected Hagar Galbard-Shagiv for support of her research and international recognition is composed of world-renowned senior Israeli scientists: Prof. Ruth Arnon, winner of the Israel Prize, Weizmann Institute; Prof. Ada Yonat, winner of the "Nobel" Prize and the Israel Prize, Weizmann Institute; Prof. Rivka Karmi, president of Ben Gurion University; Prof. Hagit Yaron-Messer, President of the Open University; Prof. Efrat Levy-Lahad, Head of the Department of Genetic Medicine at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

In 2008, even before she won the "Nobel" prize, Prof. Ada Yonat became the first Israeli to win the L'Oréal-UNESCO scholarship "For Women in Science" for senior scientists.

In 2005, Victoria Yavolski won the UNESCO-L'Oréal scholarship "For Women in Science" for young scientists, for her research into early diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.

According to Hagar Galbard-Shagiv, the recent winner: "I hope that my research will bring us even a little closer to understanding the biological basis of the wonderful and mysterious phenomenon called consciousness." Galbard-Shagiv is engaged in fascinating and groundbreaking research that seeks to prove that human consciousness has biological roots and is not just a philosophical issue. She began her research at the Weizmann Institute, and she continues it in laboratories in the United States.

According to MK Prof. Rabbi Daniel Hershkowitz, Minister of Science and Technology, "This is an extraordinary achievement for Israeli science in one of the prominent scientific fields today - brain research. Hagar won national recognition a year ago and is now receiving worldwide recognition, which brings honor and pride to her and the entire State of Israel. I wish her to persevere on the path of excellence and conquer other important scientific goals."

Nava Ravid, CEO of L'Oreal Israel, welcomed the partnership: "L'Oreal Israel, and I as a woman, see the promotion of young women scientists as a pleasant privilege and a great duty. In a world where, in the last century, about 95% of the Nobel Prize winners were men, L'Oréal has an international obligation to lead a banner for the advancement of women in general, and the advancement of women in science in particular. The world needs science and science needs women - today more than ever."

The L'OREAL-UNESCO "For Women In Science" partnership, founded in 1998, aims to recognize the contribution of prominent women scientists to scientific progress and to encourage the participation of women in scientific research. The partnership has two levels: the first is international recognition of 5 senior female scientists from each continent - in 2008, Prof. Yonat was the laureate for the European continent. In the second tier, 15 international scholarships are awarded to promising young scientists, to support their research. A senior panel of judges, consisting of renowned scientists - some of whom are Nobel Prize winners - examines the nominations and announces the winners of prizes and scholarships. In 103 countries around the world, national partnerships have been established, whose role is to select the candidates for the international scholarships. Last year, such a partnership was opened in Israel as well. The Israeli Committee for UNESCO and L'Oréal Israel have been collaborating for the past thirteen years, for the purpose of promoting young female scientists in Israel, following an extensive global collaboration between L'Oréal Global and UNESCO "for women in science".

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  1. .. and now there is reason to be proud even for Muslims in the world:
    Hagar, the mother of Ishmael, the father of the Muslims, won an award!
    We, the Muslims, are on the map!!!

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