For Women in Science Programme

A pioneering programme for the promotion of women in science

UNESCO and the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation seek to recognise women researchers who, through the scope of their work, have contributed to overcoming today's global challenges.

Faced with global challenges such as the acceleration of new technologies, aging populations or the threat to biodiversity, UNESCO and L’Oréal remain convinced that these women researchers will have a major impact on society and lay the foundations for the future. As such, UNESCO and L’Oréal want to contribute to their recognition and provide them with the means to continue their commitment to science with energy and passion.

Since 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards have recognised more than 102 laureates, exceptional women who have made great advances in scientific research.  Three of them have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize.

2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards: Life Sciences

Scientists from around the world are invited to nominate candidates for the 2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards. The awards will recognize the scientific accomplishments of five outstanding researchers in the Life Sciences, each working in one of the following regions: Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America & North America.

Background

Each year, the For Women in Science Programme highlights scientific excellence and encourages talent through:

  • The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, given each year to five outstanding women scientists – one per continent – for the contributions of their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society.
  • The UNESCO-L’Oréal International Rising Talents. Granted annually 15 promising young women scientists, at the doctoral or post-doctoral level, they encourage international scientific cooperation and the development of cross-cultural networks.
  • The L'Oréal National Fellowships with the support of the UNESCO National Commissions, which anchor the For Women in Science programmes in countries around the world, while respecting their particularities and specific needs.

Prof. Ada Yonath, Winner of the l'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science in 2008, went on to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009. © Micheline Pelletier for L'Oréal Corporate Foundation.

In its aim to promote and encourage women throughout their scientific careers, the For Women in Science partnership has also developed a global network of International, Regional and National Fellowship programmes aimed at supporting young women who represent the future of science. To date, Fellowships have been granted to more than 3,100 women in over 115 countries, permitting them to pursue their research in institutions at home or abroad. The programme has become a benchmark of scientific excellence on an international scale. It brings visibility to outstanding women scientists and thus provides strong role models to girls and young women considering science careers.

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