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Published: 20 June 2023

Professor Lidia Morawska awarded L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science laureate

The Fondation L'Oréal and UNESCO have announced that renowned air quality expert Professor Lidia Morawska, Vice Chancellor Fellow at the University of Surrey's Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), has been named a laureate of their prestigious For Women in Science International Aw

Professor Morawska has been awarded this prestigious honour for her "excellent research in the field of air pollution and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on atmospheric particulate matter." 

Being named one of only five laureates in the International Awards, this is the latest accolade awarded to Professor Morawska. She is best known for leading calls from global experts to the World Health Organisation about the risk of the COVID-19 virus' airborne transmission. These efforts led to widespread acknowledgement of the importance of indoor air quality and saw her named as one of the most influential people in the world, according to Time Magazine. 

Professor Max Lu, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Surrey, said: 

"Lidia has long been an inspirational scientist and leader whose skills were clear for all to see during the pandemic. She is a model for aspiring scientists, and I want to congratulate her on her latest accolade. We are incredibly proud of her association with the University of Surrey." 

For 25 years, the Fondation L'Oréal and UNESCO have worked together to promote women in science through the For Women in Science International Awards, and the Young Talents Programmes, putting women scientists in the spotlight and contributing to breaking the glass ceiling in science. 

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