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Gro Brundtland Award recipients recognized

Taipei, Taiwan, February 26, 2016

The five winners of the inaugural Gro Brundtland Award were honored at an awards ceremony Feb. 26 at the Tang Prize Foundation in Taipei City, Taiwan.

The recipients were Bushra Khalid from Pakistan, Chia-Hsin Ceng from Taiwan, Erlyn Rachelle Macarayan from Philippines, Mst Marzina Begum and Towfida Jahan Siddiqua from Bangladesh, who were also key players in the Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development which is closing today.

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) President Huey-Jen Jenny Su said, “As the organizing committee member, I am pleased to highlight the added success of this science week celebrating Dr. Gro Bruntland's lifelong accomplishments in public health and sustainable development.”

“We were joined by nearly 600 people in audience as the program took place in 3 different cities, including the far-east region of the island,” President Su added.

In her closing remarks, Vice President of the Academia Sinica Yu Wang talked about the treats of climate change to human beings and said, “I’m happy to see that young people can take up the responsibility to follow up.”

Wang also said that she thanks the foundation to start up this prize, Dr. Brundtland has the vision to extend her prize to the world especially in this region and then President Su to follow up.

The CEO of the Tang Prize Foundation, Jenn-Chuan Chern welcomed all the guests and expressed his gratitude to the organizing committee. He said, “Having to listen to the presentations from the five recipients, I want to congratulate you all and you are deserving recipients of Gro Brundtland Award.”

With the aim of promoting public interest in the area of sustainable development and honoring female researchers from developing countries and Taiwan, the Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development was held from Feb. 20 to 26, at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), National Dong Hwa University, Academia Sinica, and the Tang Prize Foundation, respectively.

Five qualified female researchers from developing countries and Taiwan was invited and subsidized to present their work during the week.

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland won the 2014 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development, and provides a half of her research grant to promote the involvement of younger women researchers from developing countries toward the issues of sustainable development and equitable health systems.

NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su is committed to best manage this budget to achieve the goal under the agreement of Dr. Brundtland and Tang Prize Foundation.

Congratulating the five recipients, Dr. Brundtland said in a letter, “You have already proven a personal commitment to contribute to the essential knowledge base for moving the world forward towards a safer and more secure future. Women will have a key role in making it all happen, in every society and nation.”

Dr. Bushra Khalid from Pakistan is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, working on relationship of various factors with the dengue transmission in Pakistan.

Khalid said she has been teaching the Gro Brundtland theories of sustainability in Pakistan where she has been serving as lecturer at International Islamic University, Islamabad. “It is a great honor for me to become a part of this big name by winning this award,” she said.

“This award has made it clear to me that my research was not just a research for the sake of degree or publication, but it has attained a first step success to what I actually wanted to do in the field of public health and sustainability,” Khalid added.

Dr. Towfida Jahan Siddiqua from Bangladesh is currently working as an assistant scientist at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh. She said, “Nutrition must feature prominently in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.”

Winning the award, Siddiqua said, “very important for me is the prospect to collaborate and develop new research ideas which can be implemented in the near future.”

Erlyn Rachelle Macarayan from Phillipins who is a doctorial candidate at the University of Queensland said she feels very thankful and honored for such a great recognition.

“Being selected as one of the top five women scientists working towards sustainable development is I think an even greater challenge for us as a scientist that we will always bear with us in our future endeavors,” said Macarayan.

She added, “This prize has led us to have a very strong group of women scientists that will put women at the center of what we do and uplift further the status of women in science, while at the same time, having that one-of-a-kind passion and commitment for our research towards sustainable development.”

Dr. Mst. Marzina Begum, an Associate Professor in the University of Rajshahi, said, “Winning the prize will prepare me to conduct research that improves the understanding of complex sustainable development issues in Bangladesh.”

Chia-Hsin Ceng from Taiwan, a project researcher at the Graduate School of Frontier Science in the University of Tokyo, said the award provides the unique opportunity to build networks with the other top women scientists across different disciplines.
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Date : 2016/02/26
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