Applications for the UK awards opened yesterday for the 2010 awards, where four women will be awarded a Â£15,000 fellowship to help with the scientific research. The awards are now in their 12th Entries can be made online, with an awards ceremony held in June.
The L'OrÃ©al-UNESCO For Women in Science awards were the first international scientific awards dedicated to women and have become an international reference of scientific distinction - with two of the 2008 winners, Professor Ada Yonath and Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, going on to win Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Medicine respectively (2009).
If you are interested in hearing more about the awards, here is the video of last year's event.
My issue with the L'Oreal Awards is that they're all 'Eeeew animal research!'.
A couple of things:
Firstly, L'Oreal haven't used animal testing on their products in twenty years.
Secondly, of the two prizewinners (one of last years and one from the year before) that I know who do "animal research", one is an evolutionary ecologist specializing in tropical birds and the other studies the navigational abilities of small-brained fish.
Neither topic is terribly Eeeew-worthy in my book.