Durban – Prospective Mars adventurer Adriana Marais, a PhD student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has been named one of 15 promising young female scientists from around the world.
Marais received the accolade at the 17th annual L’Oréal-Unesco “For Women in Science” Awards held in the Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne University in Paris last week.
The event acknowledges the achievements of women in science who are at the cutting edge of research in their fields.
Marais’s PhD research is on the “quantum effects in photosynthesis”.
She is one of 100 candidates worldwide short-listed for a one-way expedition to Mars through the Mars One project. A group of 24 people will leave in 2024.