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21st EDITION OF THE L’ORÉAL-UNESCO INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE, honors outstanding women scientists, among them a Lebanese Laureate

On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO are revealing the ranking of the 21st International Award For Women in Science, which honours outstanding women scientists, each representing one of the five continents. These exceptional women are recognised for the excellence of their research in the fields of material science, mathematics and computer science.

They will each receive €100,000 and their achievements will be celebrated alongside those of 15 promising young women scientists from across the world at an awards ceremony on 14 March 2019 at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.



Mathematics is a prestigious discipline and a source of innovation for many domains, however, it is also one of the scientific fields with the lowest representation of women at the highest level.


In the domain of scientific research, the glass ceiling is still a reality: only 28% of researchers are women,[1] 11% of senior academic roles are held by women,[2] and only 3% of Nobel Prizes for science have been awarded to women.

Since 1998, the L’Oréal Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO, has worked to improve the representation of women in scientific careers, remaining strong in our conviction that the world needs science, and science needs women.

In its first 21 years, the For Women in Science programme supported and raised the profile of 107 laureates and more than 3,000 talented young scientists, both doctoral and post-doctoral candidates, providing research fellowships, allocated annually in 117 countries.

[1] UNESCO report on science towards 2030 (2015).

[2] BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP study for the L’Oréal Foundation (2013) on 14 pays (South Africa, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Spain, United States, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Morocco, United Kingdom).

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