11 Dec

L’Oreal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science 2019

L’Oreal Foundation with the support of the Malaysian National Commissions for UNESCO (MNCU) had recognized and awarded Malaysian young researchers whom are successful in the field of science annually since 2006 through the L’Oreal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science (FWIS) program. The goal is to contribute to better gender balance in science for more effective progress as well as aiming to empower, support and change perception on women involvement in science.

The 14th FWIS Award Ceremony was co-hosted by MNCU and L’Oreal Malaysia. Deputy Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change (MESTECC), YB Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis presented the award while witnessed by MNCU Secretary-General, Mr. Mohammad Sanusi Abdul Karim and Managing Director of L’Oreal Malaysia & Singapore, Mr. Malek Bekdache.

Source: New Straits Times


The winners of FWIS 2019 focused their research on improving society’s wellbeing and has the potential to save lives. The outstanding winners are Shivaani Mariapun for her research on mammographic density and breast cancer risks in Asian women, Dr. Lim Way Foong who aims to develop an alternative version of LED light and Dr. Wan Iryani Wan Ismail whose research regarding honey consumption in controlling obesity. These three excellent Malaysian female scientists were awarded with research grant worth RM30,000 each to fund their project respectively.

From left: Shivaani Mariapun, Dr. Wan Iryani Wan Ismail, Y.A.M Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Dr. Lim Way Foong


Murniati Abu Karim, Honouring Women in Science (2019, October 23), New Straits Times. Retrieved from

Sheela Chandran, L’Oreal Honours Malaysian Women Scientists (2019, 1 November), The Star Online. Retrieved from


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