Scopus, TWOWS And TWAS Announce Joint Development For Young Women Researcher Awards

Third World Organization for Women in Science and Third World Academy of Sciences with SCOPUS organize first-ever Young Women Researcher Awards Towards “BRIDGING THE SCIENTIFIC GENDER GAP”

Amsterdam, 14 September 2009 – Elsevier announced today a joint development agreement between its flagship product SCOPUS, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and the Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) and the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) to develop the Young Women Researcher Awards, the first of its kind in the region.

The need to nurture women scientists as they move through their career has been recognized by academic institutions as well as public and private organizations, alike. The overall impact on scientific progress and research provided the impetus for creating such an award. Elsevier, being a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services saw the value in promoting scientific excellence in the region. All partners, TWOWS, TWAS and Elsevier believe that awards such as these will provide the right incentive to get leaders in research, particularly young women scientists into recognizing the importance of research excellence and driving competitiveness within the region and at the global level.

The Young Women Researcher Awards will be presented in four major fields of research: Life Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Technology and Agricultural Sciences. It will be open to most countries in Asia (except Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan) with the award ceremony commencing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 8-10 November 2009. The event will be held in conjunction with a two-day symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first day will be a presentation of the finalists for the TWAS-TWOWS-SCOPUS YOUNG RESEARCHER AWARDS in the four categories. The second day will engage these women and other participants, including other young researchers and eminent women scientists, policy makers and administrators in a discussion on issues and challenges pertaining to the development of women researchers in science during their career.

“The 21st Century has seen significant contributions by the women in Asia in the development of Science,” said LIM Kok Keng, Managing Director, Science & Technology, Asia Pacific, Academic & Government for Elsevier. “The Young Women Researcher Awards aim to acknowledge this contribution in their efforts towards achieving research excellence.” Supporting women in science careers is also a key focus of the Elsevier Foundation's New Scholars program which helps the academic and research community create model programs to help scholars in the early stages of their careers balance childcare and family responsibilities with the demanding academic careers in science, health and technology.

“For developing countries to achieve progress and success in sustainable development, a more equitable participation of women in Science &Technology should be the main focus. Central to this is the promotion of excellence in Research & Development.” said Prof Farida Habib Shah, Adjunct Prof of Molecular Biology (UTAR), Fellow of TWAS and TWAS-TWOWS Advisory Panel.

Short-listed candidates from each award category will be invited to present their work at the Regional Young Women Scientists Symposium 09, “Bridging the Science Gender Gap in Developing Countries” on November 8 to 10 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Twelve panellists comprised of prominent scientists in the region will select the winners among them.

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About TWAS
TWAS is an autonomous international organization, based in Trieste, Italy, that promotes scientific excellence for sustainable development in the South. Originally named "Third World Academy of Sciences", it was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. The Academy's strength resides in the quality and diversity of its membership – internationally renowned scientists elected by their peers.

About TWOWS
The Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) is an international sister organization of TWAS headed by eminent women scientists from the south, consisting of more than 3,000 members. The central role is to promote women’s access to science and technology, enhancing their greater involvement in the decision-making processes for the development of their countries and in the international scientific community. Created in 1989, TWOWS’ overall goal is to work towards bridging the gender gap in science and technology. TWOWS uses its forum for intellectual discussions to assist in the development of national capabilities to evolve, explore and improve strategies for increasing female participation in science.

About National Science Centre (NSC)
Pusat Sains Negara (The National Science Centre) plays an important role as a non-formal learning institution to connect the science and technology (S&T) as well as the scientific community to the public through various approaches.
In an effort to promote S&T in the life of the public, various methods of scientific communication were carried out. Some of the are bringing about various S&T programs that are suitable for every target group, themed exhibitions of current issues in S&T, the exhibition galleries (indoor & outdoor), out-reach programs, establishment of new chapter, as well as S&T cooperation with various parties (government agencies, NGOs, private sectors and international organizations).

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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