For the past 17 years, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have rewarded scientific merit, encouraging young female researchers from all continents to join the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program.

Women & Scientific Excellence
Women & Scientific Excellence

Women are under-represented at all levels of scientific research.  Despite excellent university results, relatively few women make it to strategic positions.  As the 21st century must tackle major challenges such as an aging population, threats to biodiversity or the acceleration of new technologies, women as well as men must be able to make their contribution to major discoveries and to the development of knowledge.

In 1998, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO joined forces to create For Women in Science partnership, which supports women researchers all over the world.  Committed, courageous and unified by a common passion, these women contribute to the advancement of science.

We can interest more young people in science — especially girls — if, along with equations, calculations and chemical reactions, we also show them how science helps people and how important it is to solving the world’s problems.
Ahu ARSLAN YILDIZ, 2014 UNESCO-L’Oréal Fellow