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The UK & Ireland For Women in Science programme extends beyond the highly sought-after Fellowships in the first half of the year. We work with our Fellows year-round and partner on some amazing events which promote women in science and engage young people with STEM subjects.


New Scientist Live

01 September 2016

New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery, taking place at ExCeL London. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. The show will feature four immersive zones covering Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos. For four days this September, New Scientist Live will be like no other place on earth.

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PhD Poster Competition 2016

24 June 2016

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards aims to promote and encourage women’s participation in scientific research.

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2016 Winners Announced

23 June 2016

The winners of the highly contested 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women In Science Fellowships were announced last night at a ceremony at The Royal Society in London

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Soapbox Science 2016

29 May 2016

28th May 2016: Soapbox Science, the initiative championing women in science, returns this summer to present the wonder of science to the masses.

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2015 Winners Announced

24 June 2015

The winners of the highly contested 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women In Science Fellowships (FWIS) were announced last night at a ceremony at London’s Royal Society.

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Soapbox Science 2015

30 May 2015

30th May 2015: Soapbox Science, the initiative championing women in science, returns this summer to present the wonder of science to the masses.

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UK scientist receives global award at the 17th Annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

02 March 2015

UK Scientist Professor Dame Carol Robinson has been named the 2015 European Laureate in 17th annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards.

Professor of Chemistry at University of Oxford, Robinson joins five exceptional women scientists from around the world, one from each continent, who will be recognised for their contribution to science at an awards ceremony, held at The Sorbonne in Paris on 18th March 2015

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'L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science' article in 'International Innovation'

10 February 2015

In a special edition of ‘International Innovation’ focussing on ‘A Passion for Progress’ our four 2014 fellows showcase their pioneering research of as an example of what women scientists around the globe are working on.

When it comes to forging a successful scientific career, women in the 21st Century have much better prospects than their female counterparts from previous generations. Yet in spite of significant gender equality advances – set in motion during the 1960s and 1970s – women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of R&D in every region of the world.

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Olympian launches L’Oreal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships for Women in Science at the Royal Society

09 February 2015

An Olympic rowing silver medallist took centre stage at The Royal Society on the 22nd January to inspire resilience in female scientific researchers. Dr Alison Mowbray, who also holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of Cambridge, was speaking at the launch of the 2015 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science UK and Ireland Fellowships, which are now in their 8th year. 2015 applications opened on the 2nd February.

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Applications open on 2nd February 2015

17 January 2015

Applications for the L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science will open on 2nd February 2015. Five outstanding female post-doctoral scientists in the UK or Ireland will be granted a fellowship worth £15,000[1] each. The finalists will be selected by a panel of eminent scientists chaired by Professor Pratibha Gai, including Professor John Pethica FRS and Professor Anne Glover. Entries can be made at www.womeninscience.co.uk.

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Changes to For Women In Science Programme announced with 2014 Fellows

12 June 2014

Winners from the University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, Imperial College London and University of Oxford each granted a £15,000 flexible fellowship to help further their research. The awards were announced in London along with changes to the 2015 programme including extending applications for engineering, maths and computer science.

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Female-Scientists-Campaign-for-Change-in-Gender-Inequality-in-Science

23 September 2013

On Friday 5th July, London's Southbank was transformed into a hub of scientific learning and discussion, as some of the UK's leading female scientists took to their soapboxes to showcase science to the general public. Soapbox Science is collaboration between the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science, and its mission is simple: to eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public's view, of women and science.

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Taking Science to the Streets - Soapbox Science 2012

02 July 2012

For the third year running a small section of The Southbank was transformed into a hub of scientific learning and discussion with a series of free public lectures from some of the world’s leading female scientists. Soapbox Science, hosted by The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science saw thirteen of the UK’s most prominent female scientists opening up their scientific experiences to members of the public.

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International News

Our International Laureate programme provides five leading female scientists from across the globe with a prestigious laureate of $100,000 in recognition of their ground-breaking achievements and contribution to scientific progress. Read about what's going on at an international level.



L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Manifesto

25 March 2016

For the past 18 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program has encouraged, promoted and honoured women scientists all over the world. However, the current situation indicates that much remains to be done. The year’s Awards Ceremony concluded with the launch of the For Women in Science Manifesto: an opinion campaign aimed at engaging the scientific community and the general public to step up the pace of change for women in science.

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The 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards

24 March 2016

On March 24th 2016, the international scientific community gathered for the 18th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, celebrating 5 exceptional women scientists and their ground breaking work, as well as 15 promising young researchers. In the face of unprecedented global challenges, from climate change to healthcare to sustainable energy, their discoveries are offering new solutions and answering vital questions. They are proving time and time again that women in science have the power to change the world.

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5 EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN HONORED FOR THEIR GROUND-BREAKING DISCOVERIES IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES

05 March 2015

Paris, March 3rd, 2015. As the International Year of Light celebrates science and knowledge all over the world, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO will present, on March 18th, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards to five outstanding women scientists and 15 grants to promising young researchers. Each of these women is a brilliant example of scientific excellence. They prove everyday that women can greatly contribute to scientific progress in a field still largely dominated by men.

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Fellow News

The amazing women we work with on the UK & Ireland For Women in Science programme go on to do phenomenal things. Find out about what our Fellows have been up to.










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New Scientist Live

01 September 2016

New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery, taking place at ExCeL London. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. The show will feature four immersive zones covering Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos. For four days this September, New Scientist Live will be like no other place on earth.

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