L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship awarded to Dr Ashleigh Hood

In 1998 L'Oréal and UNESCO founded the For Women in Science program and in 2007 launched the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships. L'Oréal and UNESCO aim to promote and highlight the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science.

Dr Ashleigh Hood from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne has received 1 of 5 fellowships awarded in 2019. Dr Hood is a geoscientist that searches the globe for ancient reefs and ancient life. She believes that these ancient life forms hold critical information about animal evolution and that by understanding the history of life, we will get a better understanding of our future, and if other planets could harbor life.

Dr Hood joins Dr Chapman (2018), Dr Holt (2013), Dr Such (2011), Dr Barnard (2008) and Dr Bradshaw (2007), as one of few women to receive the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship from the University of Melbourne.