Eighteen budding Scientists from Years 9-11 attended the Australian L’Oréal UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Forum for Women in Science at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. The purpose of this event was to connect young girls with a passion for science and provide them with the opportunity to hear about the Fellow’s scientific interests and the discoveries they have made, while also discussing the potential for future study or careers in science.
Each female scientist gave a short presentation of their research and spoke of their career pathway to date.
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative began in 1998 and since that time the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) have strived to support and recognise accomplished women researchers, encourage more young women to enter the profession and to assist them as they progress their careers.
Globally the program has recognised more than 2250 women in 110 countries, honoured 94 International Laureates for excellence in science (including two women who went on to be awarded a Nobel Prize) and awarded over 2200
Our students keenly participated in question time and were inspired by the accomplished and exciting women they met.