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France - National program

Created in 2007, the L'Oréal-UNESCO Young Talents France For Women in Science programme is committed to supporting the involvement of young women in scientific research. This programme identifies and rewards brilliant young women researchers in the life and environmental sciences, material sciences, mathematics, computer and information sciences, engineering and technology. To date, 300 endowments have been awarded to young doctoral and post-doctoral students - in metropolitan France and in the ultramarine regions - for the excellence of their academic level, the originality of their scientific project, but also for their desire to transmit their passion to younger people. However, since the creation of this programme, it is clear that inequalities and the glass ceiling have persisted in the academic research environment: only 11% of senior academic positions in science are held by women and, at the global level, only 3% of women have been awarded scientific Nobel prizes*. In order to further support this generation of women researchers at a pivotal moment in their scientific careers, the L'Oréal Foundation offers them training in leadership and communication to enable them to reach positions of responsibility more easily and quickly and thus break through the glass ceiling. *UNESCO Report on Science towards 2030, 2015