Henkel launches Martha Schwarzkopf Award for Women in Science to recognize and value female scientists

Henkel launches Martha Schwarzkopf Award for Women in Science to recognize and value female scientists

THE WHAT? Henkel has launched a new research award, the Martha Schwarzkopf Award for Women in Science, which aims to recognize and value outstanding female scientists.

THE DETAILS Announced on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, female researchers with a background in natural sciences, medicine or computer sciences can apply with a project in the field of hair research or a related area of research and have the chance to win a prize money of 10,000 euros.

The award is a tribute to Martha Schwarzkopf, who was one of the first women in Germany to lead a company and also found the Institute for Hair Research.

All European female researchers who have completed a master’s degree in natural sciences, medicine or computer sciences and whose field of work is hair research or other related research fields, such as textile and wool fiber research, the analysis of biological surfaces or the interaction of substances with the hair or scalp, can apply. 

Applications will be judged by a jury of experts, consisting of female scientists with doctorates who work in the Henkel Beauty Care R&D.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 15th June, 2022. Applications end 1st April, 2022. 

THE WHY? The award aims to give recognition and value to outstanding female scientists, with decisive factors in the evaluation being the relevance of the work in the field of hair research, as well as the relevance for consumers and the environment.

Further criteria are pioneering spirit, originality, innovation potential, the feasibility of the research projects, and the significance for the cosmetics sector.

Sylvie Nicol, Chief Human Resources Officer at Henkel, says, “With the award, we want to recognize and value outstanding female scientists. Martha Schwarzkopf herself was a true pioneer in hair research and a role model for female empowerment. Today, more than a century later, the topic is still relevant. Therefore, I am pleased that Henkel Beauty Care has launched this award that puts a spotlight on outstanding female scientists.”

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