Water Woman Award Winners announced

water@leeds in partnership with faculty Athena Swan teams are delighted to announce the results of the first Water Woman Award.

Water Woman aims to recognize the achievements of women in Science, and their power to inspire others. By rewarding achievements by women whose work contributes to the scientific objectives of water@leeds in securing competitive research funds, producing world-class research or achieving significant societal impact, the Water Woman Award aims at highlighting their efforts in an academic world in which the hurdles are still greater for females.

The award is based on two equally weighted criteria: the nature of the achievement, and its potential for empowering and inspiring other women into following their example.

We received 14 applications and nominations across all categories and the Water Woman Award Panel has been overwhelmed by the inspiring power of all applications. This year’s winners are:

Water Woman Award for Research Excellence: Split Award

Professor Lorna Dougan, Professor of Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy. In recognition of a career of excellent achievements and commitment to support the next generations.

Dr Tracy Aze, Associate Professor in Marine Micropalaeontology, School of Earth and Environment. In recognition of excellent research achievements and the inspiring power of her personal pathway.


Water Woman Award for Research Funding: Split Award

Dr Cathryn Birch , Associate Professor in Meteorology and Climate, School of Earth and Environment. In recognition of superb funding achievements that expose the value of collaborative research.

Professor Pippa Chapman, Chair in Biogeochemistry, School of Geography. In recognition of a career of funding success full of inspiring lessons for others.


Water Woman Award for Societal Impact

Professor Anna Mdee, Professor in the Politics of Global Development, School of Politics and International Studies. In recognition of true and transferable impact.


Water Woman Award for Research Support

Dr Pazit Ziv, Doctoral Research and Training Centre Manager water@leeds; EuroFLOW ITN research coordinator; Research Impact Manager, School of Geography.  In recognition of her role in supporting and managing research projects.


Special Commendations

for their stories which serve to inspire and empower many others:

Dr Paola Sakai, UKRI Research and Innovation Fellow, School of Earth and Environment.

Dr Salma Al Arefi, The Institute of Communication and Power Networks, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

There will be an Award Ceremony and the winners and all applicants will be invited to co-design an Inspirational Programme in which they will inspire and empower other women with their example.

Join us in celebrating our amazing Water Women!