A new initiative by the European Commission started last 8th March, 2022, launched by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. #SHEULeads is a social media campaign dedicated to women and girls, which aims to spotlight the work of women under 30 who are making a difference on the Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth fields at their communities.
Women in sports, science, politics, research and innovation, among other areas, have been interviewed to talk about the work they are developing and to encourage other women and girls to stand up and follow their ambition. One of them was Hitika Shah, a PhD student of food science at the Technological University of Dublin.
Hitika, as part of the ALEHOOP project, answered some questions about the work she is developing, the difficulties and challenges of the last couple of years and gave some advice to the new aspiring female scientists. She mentioned that it is very uplifting that the most recent fad discovery, gene editing or mRNa vaccines are all led by women scientists. And also explained how Europe has given her the chance to be curious and innovative at the lab.
“Our mission is to reduce the dependency of the European Union on imported proteins by exploiting the alga and plant-based residual biomass and waste trough circular bioeconomy. This will be then converted into safe, sustainable and healthy alternative proteins for feed and food additives”, said Hitika about ALEHOOP project.
We wish her the best of luck for the next two years of PhD and thank her, all the team at Technological university of Dublin and the other partners for their contribution to ALEHOOP project.