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International award for Southampton scientist who empowers women and girls

Published: 10 February 2023
Professor Gill Reid
Professor Gill Reid

A pioneering scientist from the University of Southampton has received international recognition for her contribution to empowering women and girls in chemistry.

Professor Gill Reid has been named as a recipient of the Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Awards, organised by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

The Southampton scientist is one of only 12 to receive this year’s award, which was announced for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrating achievements promoting full and equal access to science.

Professor Reid, who is also President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said she was honoured to receive the IUPAC award, and praised the International Day of Women and Girls in Science as an important opportunity to increase inclusivity, encouraging girls to follow careers in science.

She commented: “To solve these big challenges it is vital that we draw on the inputs from talented people that reflect the full diversity of society. I firmly believe that chemistry and chemical engineering are pivotal to finding solutions for many of society’s greatest challenges, be that delivering better health, sustainable energy, high quality education or effectively tackling the climate crisis.”

IUPAC was formed in 1919 by chemists from industry and academia and has since worked to promote chemical education and the public understanding of chemistry.

Prof Mary Garson, Chair of the IUPAC Committee for Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, explained Professor Gill Reid was selected from a list of high-achieving and creative women chemists, or chemical engineers worldwide.

She added: “Each of the 2023 nominees reveal a willingness to share their expertise and experiences with other chemists, and a passion for science. Their individual stories will inspire women scientists worldwide and provide encouragement to all of us to advance the chemistry of the future.”

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