Women in Science Awards 2017 honours three UP scientists

Posted on August 24, 2017


University of Pretoria scientists were honoured at last Thursday's Women in Science Awards (WISA 2017), hosted by Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor. Prof Henrietta Laetitia de Kock was awarded the Distinguished Woman Researcher: Research and Innovation award, Prof Roula Inglesi-Lotz received the Distinguished Young Woman Researcher: Humanities and Social Sciences award, and Prof Saloshna Vandeyar was the first runner-up in the Distinguished Researchers: Humanities and Social Sciences category.  

Ms Andrea Melisa Wilson received a DST Fellowship and Ms Marilize Everts was awarded a TATA Africa Scholarship for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. Both are PhD students at the University of Pretoria.

The awards recognise the achievements of prominent women scientists and provide motivation for the increased participation of women scientists in research. The theme for WISA 2017 is 'Women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work' (in line with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women priority theme for 2017).

'The University of Pretoria is honoured to have three of our women scientists, along with two students, recognised by these prestigious awards. We congratulate them all on their hard work and commitment to excellence,' said Prof Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education.

Prof Henrietta Laetitia de Kock Prof Roula Inglesi-Lotz Prof Saloshna Vandeyar

More about the winners

Professor Henrietta de Kock is an associate professor of Food Science at UP. Her research focuses on the optimisation of the sensory properties of food and beverages that contribute to the nutritional status and wellbeing of consumers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Roula Inglesi-Lotz received a PhD in Economics from UP and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Economics at UP. Her research includes energy and environmental economics, economic growth and development, and applications of econometrics.

Professor in Education, Saloshna Vandeyar, specialises in Diversity in Education, which encompasses identities, race, social, cultural and cognitive justice education, diversity education, teacher professionalism and immigrant studies, all of which directly relate to national and global socioeconomic challenges of social cohesion.

Ms Andrea Wilson is completing a PhD in Genetics in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Ms Marilize Everts is a Mechanical Engineering PhD student in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT).

Ms Andrea Wilson Ms Marilize Everts



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