On 26 November 2018 Oman received wonderful news when Lamya Al Haj was announced as the winner of the 5th Award of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship in science research. This award is an international awards program identifies and supports eminent women in science throughout the world. Each year, five Awards Laureates are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science, in Life or Physical Sciences in alternating years.
Lamya Al Haj is a lecturer at Sultan Qaboos University with a PhD in Structural & Molecular Biology from University College London and an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from UNSW (Australia) where she received the prestigious award “Boban Marcovic Prize in Environmental Science” in 2006.
This is not the first time Lamya represents Oman in an international program.
“Apart from my passion for lecturing, I thoroughly enjoy public speaking and I frequently represent women of the Sultanate at both national and international meetings. I had the privilege to present my research findings in many international conferences around the world including UK, Poland, France, Germany, Lebanon, UAE, China, Singapore, Canada and USA.”
Middle East Fellowship Program selects the winner based on top 3 selection criteria that are: the outstanding academic record, the scientific quality of the research project, and the innovative approach and the expected outcomes of the research.
In addition to her passion for science, Lamya is also a producer and presenter on the national radio, hosting an engaging program called “The Art of Living”.