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Veronique Koch wins In the Company of Women Award in the Science and Technology Category

MIAMI (February 07, 2018)

Veronique Koch has been selected as one of 13 amazing women for the prestigious In the Company of Women award in the category of Science and Technology. Koch is an Emmy-winning television producer who transcends the divide between the hard science of biology and the art of communications by using film to transform perspectives and inspire action based on scientific findings.

Her diverse multilingual background and experience living and studying abroad helped her to rise above the confinement of cultural modes of thought, and gives a powerful edge to her vision for and communication through film. She speaks Arabic, English, French, German, Luxembourgish and Spanish, having grown up in Canada and Luxembourg. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in marine biology in Stirling, Scotland, and her master’s degree at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

It was while Koch was on track to be a marine biologist that she felt called to share science and its importance to help people apply it to their daily lives. She began her career interning for South Florida PBS and the Discovery Channel, moving on to work as a production assistant, associate producer, and then creating her own production company, which currently produces award-winning programming for South Florida PBS, Discovery Channel Latin America, and other channels.

Koch quickly garnered accolades for her work, earning two Emmy awards for producing the WPBT2 television series Changing Seas. This series also won her a prestigious science communication award from the National Academies of Sciences.

Koch is using her talents to teach a younger generation of budding scientists and filmmakers, and multiply the impact of her mission by mentoring high school students in producing professional quality “Science Stories” videos displayed at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. She currently mentors 10 students and peer mentors, in addition to inviting other mentors from local film and television industry professionals.

As a woman of the arts as well as science, Koch has served as a volunteer with the nonprofit Shakespeare Miami for many years, winning the Willy award in 2010 for her volunteerism. Today she proudly serves on Shakespeare Miami’s Board of Trustees.

Veronique Koch will receive her award at the 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the luxurious Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables, FL. Tickets are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-company-of-women-awards-ceremony-2018-tickets-42354897639. For more information, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/company-of-women.asp.

In the Company of Women takes place each year in commemoration of Women’s History Month and is presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. Proceeds support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

About The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair.  The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women.  The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life.  For more information call (305) 375-4967, email cfw@miamidade.gov; or visit the website at www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/women-board-home.asp.