Following the Academy of Sciences of IR Iran's proposal, the names and profiles of the two Iranian women scientists, Prof. Tahereh Kaghazchi and Prof. Zahra Emam-Djomeh, were included in the report on "Profiles of Women in Asia: Their Inspiring Stories".

Prof. Kaghazchi is an associate fellow of the Department of Engineering Sciences of the Academy and professor of chemical engineering of Amirkabir University of Technology. Prof. Emam-Djomeh is a professor of science and food industry engineering, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Tehran.
All 30 member countries of The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) were invited to nominate a senior woman scientist and a young woman scientist to provide information on their scientific careers and how they have managed the ups and downs of being a female scientist in Asia. The nine questions in the survey were put together by the members of the Special Committee for Women in Science and Engineering, and the input from 50 researchers was received across the AASSA membership.

The purpose of this report is to provide role models for girls and women to encourage, improve and promote the retention of women in the sciences. A digital copy of the report is available at: http://www.science.org.au/supporting-science/international-representation.
It is worth noting that in addition to the two Iranian women candidates introduced by the Academy, another Iranian woman scientist, Dr. Mahshid Firouzi, has been introduced by the Australian Academy of Sciences as one of the leading female scientists in that country whose name and profile have also been published in this report. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Engineering both in chemical engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Queensland.

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