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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. The programme identifies and rewards brilliant young women researchers in life and environmental sciences, material sciences, mathematics, computer and information sciences, engineering and technology. To date, 300 grants have been awarded to young doctoral and post-doctoral students - in metropolitan France and the French overseas regions - for the excellence of their academic level, the originality of their scientific project, but also their desire to pass on their passion to the younger generation. However, since the creation of this programme, it has to be said that inequalities and the glass ceiling persist in the academic research community: only 11% of senior academic positions in science are held by women and, at the global level, only 3% of women have been awarded Nobel Prizes in science*. In order to further support this generation of women researchers at a pivotal moment in their scientific careers, the L'Oréal Foundation is offering them training in leadership and communication to enable them to reach positions of responsibility more easily and more quickly and thus break the glass ceiling. UNESCO Report on Science Towards 2030, 2015