23 September 2016
Celebrating 10 years of the Australian L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships
Assoc Prof Baohua Jia - Swinburne University of Technology
“The L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowship is providing role models to girls and women researchers”
Solar energy provides a promising future, and the global race to develop high efficiency, low cost solar energy is fierce. Baohua and her colleagues are leaders in the development of this technology
Their research being recognised by many highly ranked journals and featured in hundreds of media reports around the world. When Baohua received the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship in 2012 the proposal to improve solar energy efficiency was just in its fundamental stages. Since then, using her knowledge of nanotechnology and optics, Baohua and her colleagues have successfully incorporated different nano-particles into the solar cells to create more efficient energy production and to increase the scale of production for industry-based applications.
Following the L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowship Baohua was appointed to Associate Professor and Research Leader, managing the solar project at Swinburne University. In 2015, Baohua was recognised in The League of Remarkable Women in Australian Science. As an active advocate for women in science she appreciates that people have recognised the problem surrounding gender equity, and believes that in time it will change “In the meantime, I feel every-one of us, as women researchers should really fight for it. In this aspect L’Oréal-UNESCO is doing a really good job, by setting up those role models to girls and women researchers. ”