Kovalevskaya awards honour female scientists
March, 07/2016 - 11:00
HA NOI (VNS) — The 2015 Kovalevskaya award has been granted to Associate Professor Doctor Dang Thi Cam Ha of the Academy of Science and Technology and to Pham Thi Ngoc Thao, Deputy Director of HCM City’s Cho Ray Hospital.
The awards were presented yesterday at a ceremony organised in Ha Noi by the Viet Nam Women’s Union, commemorating 30 years of the Kovalevskaya Prize in Viet Nam. The prize honours outstanding Vietnamese women in the sciences.
Ha, a former chief of the Environmental Biotechnology Department of the Institute of Biotechnology, was honoured for her research on environmental protection, particularly technologies to clean oil contamination in different ecological environments and technologies to treat soil contaminated by dioxin-containing herbicides.
Thao has also worked on numerous hematology research projects.
Female scientists face a lot of difficulties but they work hard to achieve what they want, according to Professor Ha. “Female scientists really need the support of family and friends,” she said
Politburo member Truong Thi Mai, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of its Commission for Mass Mobilisation, said at the event that the scientific applications of the prizewinners’ research achievements has contributed significantly to the nation’s 30-year renewal cause.
Mai hopes that female Vietnamese scientists continue their efforts to improve the quality and competitiveness of Vietnamese products in the world market, as well as inspiring young women to do scientific research.
The prestigious Kovalevskaya prize is named after the great Russian female mathematician, Sofia Kovalevskaya, and is awarded by the fund of the same name. The fund operates in eight countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
During the awards ceremony, the former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh transferred the Chairmanship of the Vietnamese Kovalevskaya Awards Committee to Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan.
The Vietnamese Kovalevskaya Awards Committee was established in 1985. Since then, the title has been presented to 17 collectives and 44 individuals for scientific research in mathematics, chemistry, biology, healthcare, education, and agriculture. — VNS