16th annual L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards to be held March 19

PARIS — The L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have announced that they will present the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards to five women scientists on March 19 in Paris.

The event will be held at 14 rue Royale in Paris with the five Laureates and 15 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 underrepresentation of women in the scientific professions and underscores the fact that the situation has improved only slightly over the past 10 years.

On the evening of March 19th 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 15 International Fellows. It will be presided over by professor Günter Blobel, Nobel Prize in Medicine. 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).

Awardees honored for major scientific advancements that are helping solve some of society's greatest challenges, including cancer, depression and addiction.

A network of more than 1,000 international scientists nominated candidates for the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards. An independent jury chaired by Blobel and composed of 12 eminent members of the international scientific community then selected the five Laureates.


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