The world needs Science,
and Science needs Women

International Awards

Created in 1998, the International Awards L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science honours - every year - 5 eminent women scientists from 5 regions of the world. Alternating every other year, these exceptional researchers are rewarded for their important contributions to the progress of science, either in Life sciences or in the fields of Physical sciences, Mathematics and Computer science. An award of €100,000 is given to each of the five laureates selected by a jury of internationally renowned exp...

International Rising Talents

Since 2000, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has highlighted the achievements of younger women who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Each year, the International rising talents programme selects the 15 most promising women scientists among the more than 250 national and regional young talents of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme. These young women are first selected by local juries, and are then invited to apply. The 15 International Rising ...

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science

Women scientists are leading ground-breaking research across the world. But despite their remarkable discoveries, women still represent just 30 %* of researchers globally, and their work rarely gains the recognition it deserves. Only 3 % of Nobel Prizes for science have ever been awarded to women, and only 11 %* of senior research roles are held by women in Europe.

As the world hurtles towards a future threatened by climate change and resource scarcity, the global scientific community must lose no time in recognising and promoting women scientists’ achievements.

The Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO have worked together for more than 20 years to help empower more women scientists to achieve scientific excellence and participate equally in solving the great challenges facing humanity.

To date, we have awarded more than 100 laureates, five of whom have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.
Working in the Physical sciences, Formal sciences and Life sciences on five different continents, these eminent women researchers are helping to change the world through their discoveries, and are also role models for younger generations of women researchers who want to pursue their scientific careers and break the glass ceiling.

Each year, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programmes also support more than 250 talented young women researchers. Through its 52 regional and national programmes, the Fondation L'Oréal and UNESCO support them at a crucial period in their careers, during their thesis or post-doctoral studies.

However, we must remember that there is still much more to be done to achieve true gender equality in science. But we remain determined, and we are moving steadily towards making our vision a reality. One day, we will live in a world where girls are encouraged to study science, where women have adequate support to balance the responsibilities of research and motherhood, and where scientists are judged purely on the merit of their discoveries and the potential of their work to change the world.

*UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030 (2015)

Key figures

3600

More than 3600 Alumnae
around the world

500

scientific experts involved in the selections worldwide

110

More than 110 countries
covered by our programs

50

More than 50 national and regional programs worldwide

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science

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"Gender diversity leads to new and better quality science."


JEAN-PAUL AGON

CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF L'ORÉAL, CHAIRMAN OF THE FONDATION L'ORÉAL

"By advancing the cause of women, we can drive progress in science."


AUDREY AZOULAY

GENERAL DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION

"The work of our Young Talents reflects the importance and vitality of scientific research."


ALEXANDRA PALT

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FONDATION L’ORÉAL