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For Women in Science encourages the vocations of girls in high school, supports women in research, and recognizes excellence in a field where women are underrepresented.

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Today, only 29%* of researchers are women and only 3% of Scientific Nobel Prizes have been awarded to women.


While men and women are equally represented in scientific courses at the age of 16-19, the representation of women in scientific disciplines reduces when responsibility is increased.


Since its creation 21 years ago, the Fondation L’Oréal, alongside UNESCO, has been committed to increasing the number of women in scientific research. By awarding prizes and fellowships in international, regional and national ceremonies, the Fondation L’Oréal recognizes and supports the career of the most brilliant women scientists.


* UNESCO report on science in 2030 (2015)

The Awards

AS ROLE MODELS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, BRILLIANT AND COMMITTED IN THE MOST COMPETITIVE FIELDS OF RESEARCH OF OUR TIME, THE LAUREATES ILLUSTRATE THE REMARKABLE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WOMEN CAN BRING TO SCIENCE.

Each year, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award recognizes 5 eminent female scientist from the 5 regions of the world for their remarkable contribution to the advancement of research.


Researchers from all over the world are invited to nominate candidates. The final selection is carried out by an independent jury made up of distinguished members of the scientific community.


107 laureates have been honoured, distinguished for the excellence of their scientific work. Three of them – Ada Yonath, Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard – have won Nobel Prizes for science.


Learn more about the international program for women and science.

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PR NAJAT AOUN SALIBA

LAUREATE FOR AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
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PR MAKI KAWAI

LAUREATE FOR ASIA-PACIFIC
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PR CLAIRE VOISIN

LAUREATE FOR EUROPE
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PR KAREN HALLBERG

LAUREATE FOR LATIN AMERICA
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PR INGRID DAUBECHIES

LAUREATE FOR NORTH AMERICA

Men For Women in Science

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The L’Oréal - UNESCO For Women in Science program has recognized outstanding female scientists for the last 20 years. Since 1998, the program has valued the achievements of more than three thousand women in the field of science, put them at center stage, supported and promoted them in the scientific community and beyond. The Fondation L’Oréal conducted additional actions such as awareness raising on scientific careers for girls in order to generate vocations.

These are important levers in fighting inequality.


But we also have to acknowledge the limits of our action: although the scientific excellence and their contribution to science cannot be subject to any doubt any more, women still do not advance in their careers in the same speed as their male counterparts.

This is not just an issue of gender equality: diversity in science is a global concern with major repercussions and benefits for everyone if successfully addressed.


We want to create a coalition with non-female allies in the scientific community to help accelerate change – to recognize the problem and commit to generate opportunities for women scientists as they progress in their careers. Male leaders, who occupy the majority of key positions in the field of science, can work with the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative to promote equal opportunities, together with women.


The 20th anniversary of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program is a key opportunity to launch an ambitious new initiative: Male Champions for Women in Science, engaging male leaders through a charter of commitments to encourage them to work with their female colleagues to change the system and harness the potential of women for the benefit of all.


Download the Charter of commitments here.

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Pr Serge Abiteboul

Senior Researcher Inria, ENS
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Pr Paul Anastas

Founding Director of the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering, Yale
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Yvon Berland

President of Aix-Marseille University
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Pr Gilles Boeuf

Professor, Pierre et Marie Curie University, Sorbonne
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Pr Khaled Bouabdallah

President of the Université de Lyon
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Pr Jean Chambaz

President, Sorbonne Université
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Pr Mark Ferguson

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland
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Pr Alain Fuchs

President, Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL) University
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Pr Jean-Marc Gambaudo

President of the University of Côte d'Azur
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Pr Mouin Hamze

Secretary General, CNRS – Lebanon (CNRS-L)
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François Houllier

CEO of IFREMER
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Pr Etienne Klein

Research Director, CEA
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Pr Philippe Kourilsky

Professor Emeritus, Collège de France
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Patrick Lévy

Rector of Grenoble Alpes University
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Pr Daniel Louvard

Honorary Director, Institut Curie
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Pr Khaled Machaca

Associate Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar
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PR. PIERRE MONSAN

Professor Emeritus, INSA Toulouse
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Pr Gilles Pécout

Rector of the Académie de Paris and of the Région Académique d’Ile de France, Chancellor of the Parisian Universities, University Professor
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Pr Antoine Petit

President and CEO of C.N.R.S
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Pr Pascal Picq

Paleoanthropologist, Collège de France
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Pr Johan Rockström

Director, Stockholm Resilience Center
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Pr Augusto Rojas-Martinez

Professor, School of Medicine, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
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Pr François Taddei

Director, CRI
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Manuel Tunon de Lara

President of the University of Bordeaux
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Cédric Villani

Mathematician, Lyon 1 University
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Pr Tom Welton

Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London

The Fellowships

DEDICATED TO BOTH HONORING DISTINGUISHED WOMEN SCIENTISTS AND SUPPORTING PROMISING YOUNG RESEARCHERS THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS, THE L'ORÉAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE PROGRAMME GRANTS ALMOST 280 DOCTORAL AND POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN OVER 110 COUNTRIES.

The National and Regional Fellowships


Every year, the Fondation L’Oréal awards almost 280 Fellowships to female PhD students and Post-Docs across 115 countries at a time when multiple obstacles arise to threaten their careers.


Learn more about all the national and regional programs


The International Fellowships


Every year, 15 outstanding young researchers are identified as the future of science among the winners of the 280 Fellowships awarded worldwide. These Rising Talents receive an additional grant, thus giving them greater visibility among the international scientific community.


These young researchers come from different regions of the world: Africa and Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. They have already made significant contributions to research in very varied disciplines.


Learn more about the International Rising Talent Grant

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DR SABA AL HEIALY

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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DR ZORHA DHOUAFLI

TUNISIA
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DR MENATTALLAH ELSERAFY

EGYPT
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DR PRISCILLA KOLIBEA MANTE

GHANA
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DR SHERRY AW

SINGAPORE
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DR MIKA NOMOTO

JAPAN
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DR JACQUILINE ROMERO

AUSTRALIA
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DR LAURA ELO

FINLAND
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DR BIOLA MARĺA JAVIERRE MARTĺNEZ

SPAIN
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DR KIRSTEN JENSEN

DENMARK
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DR URTE NENISKYTE

LITHUANIA
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PR NURCAN TUNCBAG

TURKEY
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DR MARIA MOLINA

ARGENTINA
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DR ANA SOFIA VARELA

MEXICO
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DR JACQUELYN CRAGG

CANADA

L'Oréal For Girls in Science

LESS THAN 30% OF STUDENTS IN THE CORE SCIENCES ARE WOMEN. THE UNDER REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN SCIENTISTS WEAKENS THE SCIENTIFIC INNOVATION IN FRANCE. FOR GIRLS IN SCIENCE IS A UNIQUE PROGRAMME ADVOCATING FOR YOUNG GIRLS TO CONSIDER SCIENCE AS A FUTURE PATH.

This programme is comprised of two major initiatives:


In three years, more than 45,000 students have increased their levels of awareness thanks to the active participation of more than 100 science ambassadors.

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