L’Oréal commits £155,000 in fellowships for female scientists

L'Oréal UK and Ireland announced today that it is working with Government to encourage more women into STEM, pledging £155,000 in fellowships and support for female scientists for the next two years.

Managing Director Michel Brousset said that company strongly supports the UK Government's work to increase British skills in technology and engineering, with a specific focus on boosting female participation in STEM and engaging young people with engineering, technology and STEM career inspiration.

“Since our founding by a chemist, we believe that beauty is driven by science and consequently we’ve been pushing back the frontiers of knowledge via advanced research and product innovation. We believe science is essential to our success and the group continuously invests in research, engineering and technology across the world. Our commitment is to science and to diversity in science, 4,000 people work in L’Oréal’s research and innovation 70% of them women.”

L'Oréal UK and Ireland has pledged £155,000 in fellowships and support for female scientists for the next two years.

In the spirit of L’Oréal’s leading role in supporting science:

  • The L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre at the Royal Institution commits to introducing a new learning module in 2014, which focuses on physics and engineering
  • L’Oréal, in collaboration with the Royal Institution, commits to running a six-day pilot with the charity Generating Genius in 2014, which will give 20 promising science students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds an insight into STEM careers
  • L’Oréal, through its L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships, commits to increasing  to five its £15,000 award for UK & Ireland female postdoctoral researchers and opening applications to fields of mathematics and engineering
  • L’Oréal, through its L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships, commits to creating a £20,000 annual fund for the UK & Ireland L’Oréal Fellows community, which will support their work as STEM Ambassadors

In the UK & Ireland L’Oréal has invested over £1.8 million in support of young people and women in science education, research and careers through two core programmes: The L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre at the Royal Institution which opened in 2009, and the L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowships For Women in Science started in 2007.

To date over 27,000 young people have benefitted from a creative science experience through the work of the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre laboratory; 28 female early career researchers at UK & Irish institutions have been awarded a total of £400,000, from a pool of over 1000 applicants; and four leading British female scientists have been awarded international For Women in Science Laureates worth $400,000 in total.