The prestigious journal Nature, in partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies, launched in 2018 the first call for the “Inspiring Science Award”, an annual award for researchers or academics who are female or who identify as female, up to 10 years since completion of PhD”. The award was announced to “be given to a researcher or academic who has made an exceptional contribution to scientific discovery and the literature, sometimes in spite of resources, location or language skills, and exhibits the potential for developing and leading an independent research group.”.
Mirjana Pović won the 2018 Award for Inspiring Science. She is an assistant professor at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute, Ethiopia, and associated researcher at the Spanish Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (CSIC). Her main field of research is galaxy formation and evolution, focused on nuclear activity in galaxies. She participated in more than 10 international projects (being co-principal investigator and principal investigator of two) and has around 80 publications. Mirjana is working on the development of science and education in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana, through joint research collaborations, student supervisions, trainings, lecturing, regulation development and outreach.