Prix L'Oréal-Unesco pour les femmes et la science

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Les prix L’Oréal - UNESCO « Pour les Femmes et la Science » ont été créés en 1997[1] par L'Oréal et l'UNESCO afin de récompenser des chercheuses accomplies ayant contribué au progrès scientifique dans les domaines des sciences de la vie et de la matière. Ils ont pour objectif d'améliorer la représentation des femmes dans les carrières scientifiques en reconnaissant et en mettant en lumière leurs contributions aux progrès de la science. Le programme permet ainsi de sensibiliser les jeunes femmes à la vocation scientifique.

Depuis 2000, 5 chercheuses, une par continent, sont distinguées chaque année. Depuis leur création, les prix sont remis lors d'une cérémonie qui se déroule à Paris.

Parmi les lauréates, deux ont reçu le prix Nobel :

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  • Tebello Nyokong (Afrique du Sud) : "For her work on harnessing light for cancer therapy and for environmental clean- up"
  • Athene Donald (Royaume-Uni) : "For unravelling the physics of messy materials ranging from cement to starch"
  • Beatriz Barbuy (Brésil) : "For her work on the evolution of the stars from the birth of the universe to the present time"
  • Akiko Kobayashi (Japon) : "For her work on organic metals which has opened up new avenues in the miniaturization of electronic devices"
  • Eugenia Kumacheva (Canada) : "For the design and development of new materials with many applications, including targeted drug delivery and materials for high density optical storage."



  • Faiza Al-Kharafi (Koweït): "for her work on corrosion, a problem of fundamental importance to water treatment and the oil industry; for her notable contributions to electrochemistry with particular emphasis on corrosion and catalysis".
  • Vivian Wing-Wah Yam (Asia-Pacific): "for her work on light-emitting materials and innovative ways of capturing solar energy; for her pioneering contributions in the molecular design of photo-active materials that are particularly relevant to solar energy conversion".
  • Anne L'Huillier (France): "for her work on the development of the fastest camera for recording the movement of electrons in attoseconds (a billionth of a billionth of a second); for her pioneering experimental and theoretical contributions to harmonic light generation as a base technology for attosecond science".
  • Silvia Torres-Peimbert (Mexique): "for her work on the chemical composition of nebulae which is fundamental to our understanding of the origin of the universe; for her fundamental contribution to the studies of nebulae that have led to a better understanding of the chemical evolution of galaxies and the universe".
  • Jillian Banfield (Australie/États-Unis): "for her work on bacterial and material behavior under extreme conditions relevant to the environment and the Earth; for pioneering achievements in environmental science integrating chemical, biological, mineralogical, and proteogenomic influences".



  • Marcia C. Barbosa (Brésil) : "for discovering one of the peculiarities of water which may lead to better understanding of how earthquakes occur and how proteins fold which is important for the treatment of diseases."
  • Deborah S. Jin (États-Unis) : "for having been the first to cool down molecules so much that she can observe chemical reactions in slow motion which may help further understanding of molecular processes which are important for medicine or new energy sources."
  • Francisca N. Okeke (Nigeria): "for her significant contributions to the understanding of daily variations of the ion currents in the upper atmosphere which may further our understanding of climate change."
  • Reiko Kuroda (Japon) : "for discovering the functional importance of the difference between left handed and right handed molecules which has wide applications including research on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's."
  • Pratibha L. Gai (Royaume-Uni) : « for ingeniously modifying her electron microscope so that she was able to observe chemical reactions occurring at surface atoms of catalysts which will help scientists in their development of new medicines or new energy sources. »




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  1. Présentation des prix Helena Rubinstein « Pour les Femmes et la Science », UNESCO, 12 décembre 1997

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