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L'Oréal and UNESCO Recognize Women in Science in 2014

Posted: March 3, 2014

On March 19, 2014, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO will present the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards to five outstanding women scientists. Each woman represents a unique career path combining exceptional talent, a deep commitment to her profession and remarkable courage in a field still largely dominated by men.

On March 19, a press conference will take place at 14 rue Royale in Paris with the five laureates and fifteen international fellows in attendance. It will reveal the findings of a report on the current status of women in science. Compiled by the Boston Consulting Group for the L’Oréal Foundation, the status report addresses the under representation of women in the scientific professions and underscores the fact that the situation has improved only slightly over the past 10 years.

Then, on the evening of March 19 at the Sorbonne in Paris, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 2014 Awards Ceremony will be held in honor of the five laureates and fifteen international fellows. It will be presided over by Professor Günter Blobel, winner of a Nobel Prize in Medicine. Also, Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, and Jean-Paul Agon, chairman and CEO of L’Oréal and chairman of the L’Oréal Foundation, will be in attendance.

Throughout the program’s 16-year history L’Oréal and UNESCO have worked to support the advancement of women researchers. Every year the program pays tribute to exceptional women scientists and highlights their contributions to changing the world. Since 1998 the program has recognized more than 2,000 women around the globe (82 laureates, including two who later won the Nobel Prize, and 1,920 fellows).

The awardees are honored for major scientific advancements that are helping solve some of society’s greatest challenges, including cancer, depression and addiction. Candidates for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards were nominated by a network of more than 1,000 international scientists. The five laureates were then selected by an independent jury chaired by Professor Blobel and composed of 12 eminent members of the international scientific community.

Beginning March 14, 2014, passengers from around the world in all terminals of the Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris will find portrait exhibits of the five laureates by American photographer Julian Dufort. The photographer immersed himself in each laureate’s daily routine in order to truly represent the reality of their lives and capture the person behind the female scientist.

Since the first photo exhibit in 2005, Aéroports de Paris has given this worthy cause exceptional visibility every year. This year, once again, Aéroports de Paris has provided the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program with the ideal spaces for increasing public awareness of these outstanding women representatives of modern science with global vision.