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L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme

A pioneering programme for the promotion of women in science

UNESCO and the Fondation L’Oréal seek to recognise women researchers who, through the scope of their work, have contributed to overcoming today's global challenges. Today, only 33% of researchers are women1. Stereotypes conceal a significant part of scientific history and perpetuate gender inequality in the access to these fields of study and careers. We cannot afford to deprive ourselves of the talents of half of humanity: women advance science, and science advances the world.


Celebrating 45 eminent women scientists

An exceptional ceremony celebrates the 2020, 2021 and 2022 winners on 23 June 2022

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Festival

Champions women in science & demonstrates how much science needs diversity and inclusion

Ada Yonath, 2008 Laureate of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards
Community platform

For Women in Science

Online application platform

For international awards; regional and national programmes

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

11 February


Since 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards have recognized 122 laureates, exceptional women who have made great advances in scientific research. Five of them have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize.

Each year, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme highlights scientific excellence and encourages talent through:

  • The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards, given each year to five outstanding women scientists – one per each of the following regions: Africa and the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America – for the contributions of their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society.
  • The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Rising Talents. Granted annually to 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-UNESCO For Women in Science national and regional Young Talents Programmes. Implemented by L’Oréal subsidiaries around the world with the support of UNESCO National Commissions and Field Offices, the network of National and Regional Programmes aims to promote and encourage young women researchers who represent the future of science, helping them to pursue their research in institutions at home or abroad.

To date, the For Women in Science Programme has supported more than 3,900 women in over 116 countries. It 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.


1 UNESCO Science Report: the race against time for smarter development, 2021.