On Sunday, February 25, the Brussels science ambassador of the year was announced. Lieve Lambrechts, researcher Applied Physics at the VUB, was one of the candidates of the WATS campaign of Innoviris, encouraging young girls to choose a scientific or technological direction and career. The laureate will be available in the coming year for campaigns and events on science outreach in Brussels and will also receive a sum of 10,000 euros. The prize was awarded by Fadila Laanan, Brussels Secretary of State for Scientific Research, during the WATS closing event in the Saint-Géry halls.
Only 25% of students who graduate in a scientific or technical field of study are women. This proves that it is necessary to encourage girls to opt for a scientific career. That is why Innoviris, the Brussels Institute for Research and Innovation, conceived the WATS – Women Award campaign in Technology and Science. The purpose of this campaign? Putting inspiring female scientists in the spotlight and encouraging young girls to opt for a scientific or technological direction and career.