Scientist honoured for leadership and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute has named UOW researcher Associate Professor Danielle Skropeta as winner of the 2020 Margaret Sheil Leadership Award.

The Margaret Sheil Leadership Award aims to recognise an outstanding female leader working in an area of a chemistry-related field including academia, teaching, and the public or private sector, who has helped to inspire and mentor junior female chemists and helped to provide a more equitable work place.

The Award honours the trail-blazing career of Margaret Sheil, now Vice-Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology, who became Australia’s first female professor of chemistry in 2000 while at UOW.

Professor Skropeta, whose research is focused on medicinal chemistry, said she was delighted to be recognised and to receive an award named after one of her role models.

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