L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science

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L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Program

The L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science aims to improve the position of women in science by recognizing outstanding women researchers who have contributed to scientific progress. The awards are a result of a partnership between the French cosmetics company L'Oréal and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and carry a grant of $100,000 USD for each laureate.[1][2][3]

Each year an international jury alternates between life and material sciences and selects a winner from each of the following regions:

The same partnership awards the UNESCO-L'Oréal International Fellowships, providing up to $40,000 USD in funding over two years to fifteen young women scientists engaged in exemplary and promising research projects.[4]


1998 Laureates:

2000 Laureates:

2001 Laureates:

2002 Laureates:

2003 Laureates :

2004 Laureates:

2005 Laureates:

2006 Laureates:

2007 Laureates:[2]

  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (Mauritius): "For her exploration and analysis of plants from Mauritius and their bio-medical applications."
  • Ligia Gargallo (Chile): "For her contributions to understanding solution properties of polymers."
  • Mildred Dresselhaus (USA): "For her research on solid state materials, including conceptualizing the creation of carbon nanotubes."
  • Margaret Brimble (New Zealand): "For her contribution to the synthesis of complex natural products, especially shellfish toxins."
  • Tatiana Birshtein (Russia): "For her contribution to the understanding of the shapes, sizes and motions of large molecules."

2008 Laureates:[5]

2009 Laureates:[6]

  • Marnie Blewitt (Australia): "investigating the mechanisms that control how specific genes are turned on and off within a cell".)[7]
  • Tebello Nyokong (Africa and the Arab States): "for her work on harnessing light for cancer therapy and for environmental clean-up".
  • Akiko Kobayashi (Asia-Pacific): "for her contribution to the development of molecular conductors and the design and synthesis of a single-component molecular metal".
  • Athene M. Donald (Europe): "for her work in unraveling the mysteries of the physics of messy materials, ranging from cement to starch".
  • Beatriz Barbuy (Latin America): "for her work on the life of stars from the birth of the Universe to the present time".
  • Eugenia Kumacheva (North America): "for the design and development of new materials with many applications including targeted drug delivery for cancer treatments and materials for high density optical data storage".

2010 Laureates:[8]

2011 Laureates:[9]

2012 Laureates:[10]

2013 Laureates:[11]

  • Francisca Nneka Okeke (Africa and the Arab States): "for her significant contributions to the understanding of daily variations of the ion currents in the upper atmosphere which may further our understanding of climate change."[12]
  • Reiko Kuroda (Asia-Pacific): "for discovering the functional importance of the difference between left handed and right handed molecules which has wide applications including research on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's."[13]
  • Pratibha Gai (Europe): "for ingeniously modifying her electron microscope so that she was able to observe chemical reactions occurring at surface atoms of catalysts which will help scientists in their development of new medicines or new energy sources."[14]
  • Marcia Barbosa (Latin America): "for discovering one of the peculiarities of water which may lead to better understanding of how earthquakes occur and how proteins fold which is important for the treatment of diseases."[15]
  • Deborah S. Jin (North America): "for having been the first to cool down molecules so much that she can observe chemical reactions in slow motion which may help further understanding of molecular processes which are important for medicine or new energy sources."[16]

2014 Laureates:[17]

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  1. ^ Kevin Friedl, "For Women in Science", Seed Magazine, March 8, 2006
  2. ^ a b "Five outstanding women scientists receive L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science 2007". UNESCOPRESS. 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  3. ^ "L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science". YouTube. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  4. ^ "UNESCO/L'ORÉAL Co-Sponsored Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences". Portal.unesco.org. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  5. ^ "Tenth anniversary of the L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science". Unesco. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  6. ^ "11th Annual L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science to Honour Five Exceptional Women Scientists". Press Release No. 2008-114 (UNESCOPRESS). 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  7. ^ "Reading the Genome". 
  8. ^ "12th Annual L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science Honours Five Exceptional Women Scientists". Paris, France: UNESCO News Service. 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  9. ^ "13th Annual L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards - 2011". UNESCO. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "14th Annual L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science - 2012". UNESCO. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "15th Annual L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science - 2013". UNESCO. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Francisca N. Okeke, 2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for Africa and the Arab States". YouTube. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  13. ^ "Reiko Kuroda, 2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for Asia". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  14. ^ "Pratibha L. Gai, 2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for Europe". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  15. ^ "Marcia Barbosa, 2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureates for Latin America". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  16. ^ "Deborah S. Jin, 2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for North America". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  17. ^ "16th Annual L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science - 2014". UNESCO. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 

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