Award for Eva Tvrdá in the Women For Science competition
by SPU Web Editor
The third year of the Women for Science competition, organized by L'Oréal Slovensko in cooperation with UNESCO, the Slovak Organization for Research and Development (SOVVA) and the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), culminated on October 1 with the award ceremony of successful and talented scientists. One of the awarded was Ing. Eva Tvrdá, PhD., from the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra.
Twenty-three Slovak women participated in the third year, twelve fought in the finals, five of them in the category of female scientists under 35 and seven in the category of 45 years. They presented their projects on the 7th of June in front of an expert jury, which was composed of representatives of SAS, the Slovak Commission for UNESCO. Tomáš Hruška, CEO of L´Oréal, and Daniel Straka, Executive Director of SOVVA, were also members of the Commission.
Among the five finalists in the category of female scientists under 35 was Ing. Eva Tvrdá, PhD., from the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, with the project “Bacteria - Hidden Enemies of Male Fertility. The project is devoted to the study of the effects of bacteria in ejaculates on the vitality and fertility of sperm in healthy mammals and birds, as well as the search for an alternative antibacterial agent that could replace antibiotics in andrological practice. The project will also provide new insights into the role of bacteria present in the ejaculates and will present alternative options for the prevention and / or management of bacteriosperm during the processing of both animal and human ejaculates.