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Henkel opens the door for nominations for an award that promotes women in science

Henkel opens the door for nominations for an award that promotes women in science

a Henkel The recording opens for the second time for a file prize The “Martha Schwarzkopf Global Award for Women in Science,” dedicated to advancing the role of women in science. In addition to the main award, this year an additional award will be given to “young talents”. Applications are open until May 1st. Female researchers with backgrounds in the natural sciences, medicine, and computer science can participate through their contributions to poetic research or a related field. The main prize is €10,000 (R$55,800) and €5,000 (R$27,900) for new talent.

“Progress in the natural sciences thrives on diversity. However, women in science remain underrepresented. Because we at Henkel are deeply committed to gender equality, we are celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as we begin the nomination period for this year’s Martha Schwarzkopf Prize” said Frank Meyer, Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development, Division consumer brands.

Astrid Klein, director of global hair research and development for consumer brands, adds: “Understanding human hair is critical to our innovation. With the Martha Schwarzkopf Award, we honor the achievements of outstanding researchers in the field of hair and hair health.”

This award is a tribute to Martha Schwarzkopf, who was one of the first women in Germany to lead a company and also found the Hair Research Institute. Today Schwarzkopf is one of the leading brands in Henkel’s consumer business and the largest brand in the hair care sector. All the brand’s technical innovations are based on the traditions of the Schwarzkopf Hair Research Institute, which operates research and development laboratories, hair testing salons and hair academies around the world. The award celebrates Martha’s entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, as well as the compassion with which she has directed the company and the Schwarzkopf Hair Research Center.

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“We were surprised by the level of quality and interest in the applications in the first edition of the Martha Schwarzkopf Prize, which was launched last year. Through the feedback we received from subscribers, for this edition we also decided to present the ‘Young Talents’ award, in addition to the main prize for this year. With this In this way, we can ensure that we support both experienced scientists and promising researchers who are still at the beginning of their careers,” says Andrea Sattler, Director of Research and Development at Henkel Consumer Brands and chair of the specialist jury for the Martha Schwarzkopf Prize.


The Martha Schwarzkopf Award is for women researchers worldwide who have extensive experience in the natural sciences, medicine, or computing, and whose field of work is focused on hair research or related fields, such as research on textiles and wool fibres, or analysis of biological surfaces or the interaction of materials with hair or scalp Head. Researchers with a completed master’s degree in the same areas of research can apply for the Young Talents Award, even if they are still at the beginning of their scientific career.

An expert jury, consisting of distinguished scientists working in research and development at Henkel Consumer Brands, will evaluate the entries. The award ceremony will take place in Hamburg, Germany, in November 2023. This year’s winners will have the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program with a famous scientist from Henkel and will join the network, including last year’s award winners.

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The application period runs from 11 February to 1 May 2023. Interested scholars can send their work in German or English to [email protected]

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • Motivation letter with a statement of personal reasons indicating why you are applying for the award.
  • The resume summary focuses on the field of scholarly work and area of ​​interest.
  • List of the most important publications.
  • Abstract of the applicant’s publicly available research in the field of hair and scalp research, fiber technologies, and computer-based models for the study of fibers, including scientific methods for surface analysis, fiber structure, dye synthesis or biological processes for fiber analysis of the hair root (all research methods are possible) Image application (optional).

The jury will select the winners by August 1, 2023. Critical factors in the evaluation are the relevance of the work in hair research, as well as the relevance to consumers and the environment. Other criteria are pioneering spirit, originality, potential for innovation, feasibility of research projects and relevance to the hair cosmetics sector.