Dr Christina Riesselman - L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science New Zealand Fellow!

The inaugural L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science New Zealand Fellow was honoured at a cocktail reception in Auckland hosted by L’Oréal New Zealand’s Executive General Manager, Martin Smith.

Dr Christina Riesselman from the University of Otago was awarded $25,000 to assist her research into rapid climate change since the last ice age. "I feel incredibly privileged to be the first L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science New Zealand Fellow,” says Dr Riesselman. "It’s a widely respected and prominent initiative in my community and I am delighted to be awarded this honour.”

L’Oréal, as a research based company, has always had a love of science. But seeing how under-represented women were generally in science, 17 years ago the company, along with UNESCO, launched the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative. The idea behind this was to support and recognise women researchers, to encourage more young women to enter the profession and to assist them once their careers are in progress.

Every year since, L’Oréal has been dedicated to keeping the debate about women in the spotlight. And it’s a subject that still is not going away – Nobel Prize winner Sir Tim Hunt lost his job this year over comments he made about women in laboratories, and this week Nicole Kidman returned to London’s West End to play sidelined DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin. So the need to continue goes on...