Dr Gideon Idowu won the 2021 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research grant on microplastic research and biodiversity in African countries.
Dr. Gideon Idowu emerged the winner of the 2021 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant competition for Africa. His proposed project titled “Microplastics and plastic-derived chemical contaminants in Africa: Implication on human health and the loss of aquatic biodiversity” was selected out of 292 applications received from Scientists across Africa. The JWO organization has therefore awarded the annual grant sum of USD 150,000 towards Dr. Idowu’s project. Dr. Gideon Idowu is the third Scientist to receive this award since its inauguration in 2019, and the first winner to emerge outside of South-Africa. He will work with Scientists in eleven other African countries, covering all regions in Africa, to undertake this project, beginning from January 2022.
Dr. Idowu joined the Department of Chemistry at Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Nigeria as a Lecturer in 2017, following the completion of his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick, UK. In 2020, he was awarded two International grants to investigate the environmental and ecological impacts of Covid-19 medical facemasks. Previously, Dr. Idowu graduated as the Overall Best Student of FUTA, receiving five highly-coveted academic prizes, including the Vice-Chancellor’s and the University Alumni’s awards for the best graduating student of the institution. He was, at different times, recipient of the British Commonwealth Scholarship, the Chancellor’s International Scholarship Award of the University of Warwick (U.K.), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) academic prizes.