L’Oréal and Unesco honor women scientists

With the International Prize for Women in Science, L’Oréal and Unesco will honor 45 scientists from more than 35 countries and represent all regions of the world. A special ceremony will take place on 23 June at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

During this ceremony, which will bring together the winners of the last three years, 15 researchers will receive the L’Oréal-UNESCO International Prize for Women in Science in recognition of their scientific achievements, and 30 young researchers selected in 2020 and 2022 will receive the prize. The title of young international talent.

“The last three years have been one of the most difficult in the recent history of science. During this period, women have been at the forefront of tackling unprecedented challenges related to climate change and health crises, such as the Covid-19 pandemic. However, while their contribution is crucial in dealing with the current emergencies, women scientists are not yet prominent enough, ”the L’Oréal Foundation explains in a press release.

With this event, both companies also want to fight the exclusion of women scientists. According to the latest UNESCO data, although the number of women in scientific careers is increasing slightly, only one in three researchers in the world is a woman. In addition, glass ceilings are still a reality in research: only 14% of high academic positions in Europe are held by women, and only 4% of Nobel Prizes in science are awarded to women.

For one week, Paris will become “the world’s capital of women’s scientific excellence” to spread the word about the event. From 20 June, the city will host a series of events to create interaction between women scientists, including an “extraordinary reading” at the Academy of Sciences and other scientific meetings.

Since its inception in 1998, the L’Oréal-Unesco program for women in science has honored and supported 3,900 women scientists.

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