The ACR Woman Award was presented for the first time in 2010 to an upcoming female ACR scientist working in one of the technical professions. ACR’s aim with this award is to highlight the individual achievements of the female scientist. The female scientists are at a stage of their career where they have a lot of responsibility but their achievements often go largely unnoticed.
The award aims to raise awareness, critically comment on the gender situation in ACR institutes and help the winner find new contacts. In 2010 the award went to the physicist Nadejda Matsko (Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy or ZFE Graz) and was presented during the ACR conference together with the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth. Women born in 1972 or after qualify as upcoming scientists. The winner receives a voucher for EUR 2,000 to be used for education or training purposes.
The highly positive feedback and the broad media coverage of the ACR Woman Award 2010 encouraged ACR in its plans to present the award every year from now on. In 2011, the geophysicist Jördis Rosc from the Austrian Foundry Institute (ÖGI) in Leoben won the prize.