The awards recognize five outstanding women scientists from different regions of the world for the excellence of their work in life sciences. Each laureate will receive €100,000.
22 years of commitment to women and science
Worldwide, women still only represent 29% of all researchers1. While they are more numerous in certain disciplines, the glass ceiling remains a reality in overall research. Men occupy 89% of the senior academic positions in Europe2, while only 3% of Nobel Prize winners have been women.
Convinced that the world needs science and that science needs women, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO are committed to promoting women in science. Their aim is to give women scientists greater visibility, to make their talent more widely known, and to inspire women and girls to engage with science. Since 1998, 112 laureates have been rewarded and more than 3,300 talented young women scientists, PhD students and post-doctorate graduates have been supported and recognized in 118 countries, thanks to the Women in Science program.
In 2020, the International L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science has gone to researchers whose work is particularly remarkable in the field of life sciences: biotechnology, ecology, epigenetics, epidemiology and infectious diseases.
Portraits of outstanding women