Grupo L'Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science

L'Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science together to boost the presence of girls in STEM

This year, girls ask microscopes and "quimicefas" the Magi. Due to the underrepresentation of women in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM its acronym English), President of L'Oréal Spain called to join forces with a view to in 2030 the gender gap is exceeded. This calls for five annual prizes to the research conducted by Spanish scientific, in 2017 focusing on disciplines such as astrophysics or Nanochemistry.

How to get girls fall in love with the STEM? With this question the program L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science, that carries 17 years working to give visibility to women scientists in Spain and encouraging vocations among younger, It goes one step further in this second purpose and places special focus on promoting STEM careers among girls.

For it, over the past two months 2017 The campaign was launched #Descubreconellas # Niñasenlaciencia with which, under the legitimacy of the program in our country, It calls to join forces to all public and private initiatives to work together in this new year and thus achieve parity in classrooms and businesses. "We need to 2030, he 50% of students starting a university degree in a STEM branch are women and thus achieve greater representation of women engineers, Math and Technologists, while maintaining the current level in the areas of life sciences', He has called the president of L'Oreal Spain, Juan Alonso de Lomas.

The campaign aprrovechó the second session of 'science dating' organized by For Women in Science to present, last 22 November, in which 60 students from schools in Burgos and Valladolid have had the opportunity to meet with the five research program awarded in the XII edition. A meeting which seeks to detect mentors or role models who have achieved success in their careers to inspire girls to be decided by science. The same objective of Stem Talent Girl, that program For Women in Science joined in October through the participation of fifteen engineers from the international factory L'Oreal hair products Burgos as mentors to inspire and help students.

Qué es For Women in Science

In collaboration with Unesco, the For Women in Science program provides support for women researchers on five continents and at different times of his career. At, They give advice to girls on how to strengthen their skills to achieve their goals and which has been discussed what opportunities will be in the labor market in the STEM areas and how to get women in these positions tomorrow. This support can come in the early stages of the vocation of a young researcher, or is a celebration of a career dedicated to scientific advancement.

A) Yes, The second objective of the program is to support young researchers at key moments of his career. Every year, is granted to fifteen doctoral or post-doctoral researchers bioscience an International scholarship that allows them to expand their horizons of knowledge in research institutions recognized outside their home countries. further, a special scholarship is awarded "Following in the footsteps of Marie Curie" a former winner of an International Scholarship that is in Ecuador of his career and has demonstrated dedication and exemplary results in the performance of his career.

At the same time, National Scholarships are delivered in near 50 Regional Grants countries and in the Arab States and sub-Saharan Africa, in collaboration with L'Oréal Group branches and National Commissions for Unesco. These grants help young women to start their scientific career. In India, for example, the "For Women in Science" program has helped annually since 2003 ten young women to finance their studies in Indian institutions of higher education. Around 2.000 scientists from over a hundred countries will have benefited from the program at the end 2017.

Female talent

One of the main objectives of the program is to identify and support eminent scientists around the world working in both life sciences and physical. Every year, five Nobel L'Oréal-Unesco are given to exceptional women. The awards give these researchers greater visibility, which shows the way for new generations, encouraging young people to follow their example. Since launching the program, the L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards have distinguished 77 women, two of which have subsequently received the Nobel Prize.

At the national level, The program has already delivered nearly one million euros 57 Spanish scientists since its inception in Spain in the 2000. During that day (chaired by Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation), the twelfth research awards were handed 2017 granted by value 15.000 euros each. Specifically and by way of example, scientific research were awarded for their:

  • Mariona Coll, Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona, the development of new materials for solar energy conversion through the Nanochemistry;
  • Eva Mª Fernández, National University of Distance Education (UNIT), by developing new materials for hydrogen storage with the aim of promoting their use as alternative energy source respectful with the environment;
  • Maia García-Vergniory, del Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) and the University of the Basque Country, by designing new materials with possible extraordinary topological applications, such as building low-power devices to solve the problem of energy or as platforms for quantum computers;
  • Mª Martín Prado Moorish, Complutense University of Madrid, for its study beyond general relativity: Cosmological traces of gravitational waves in gravitational theories;
  • Mariam Tórtola, Corpuscular Physics Institute (IFIC- CSIC), deciphered the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe with neutrino oscillations as a member partner of the experiment DUNE.

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