The awards program aims to acknowledge and promote the work of women chemists and chemical engineers worldwide. It was first introduced in 2011, and this year it will be conferred for the second time. The 11 awardees have been selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence in the chemical sciences. During this year's IUPAC Congress in Istanbul, a symposium with the topic "Women in Chemistry: Gaining Momentum" will be held in honour of the awardees, with a reception following afterwards.
Prof. Hey-Hawkins gained her PhD in 1983 at the University of Marburg, Germany. Her Postdoc research took her to Sussex, UK, and to Western Australia and Canberra. She obtained her habilitation in 1988, again in Marburg, before becoming a full professor in Leipzig twenty years ago in 1993. She is involved in numerous international cooperations. A notable example is the European Phosphorus Science Network "PhoSciNet": Thanks to her initiative, it was founded to advance the often undervalued potential of phosphorus in contemporary basic and applied research. Over 70 research groups and industrial partners from 23 European countries participated in PhoSciNet. It aimed at the exchange of knowledge and techniques in these modern, rapidly evolving fields. After its final conference this spring, the following video was released to describe the challenges and applications of phosphorus research:
PhoSciNet was a so-called COST project, a European "Cooperation in Science and Technology" project, for the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. Some of its work will continue in the newly established ITN Network for Sustainable Phosphorus Chemistry, or "SusPhos": Academic research groups and companies again will work together with the goal to develop sustainable methods for the use of phosphorus. (© University of Leipzig, AcademiaNet)