Friday, April 04, 2008

Women scientists celebrated in new charter

Nearly forty past Laureates of the L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards met recently in Paris to sign the Charter of Commitment “For Women in Science,” the first charter designed to promote science, support the cause of women, and change the face of science in the world.

The L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Charter “For Women in Science”

This Charter marks the 10 years of the L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science. In signing the document, Award Laureates commit themselves to:

  • Act as a role model to inspire future generations
  • Transmit passion for scientific research
  • Encourage women scientists to act as agents of change
  • Strengthen and support scientific research on all continents
  • Foster creativity and innovation
  • Advocate for diversity and gender equity
  • Build sustainable networks for women scientists
  • Participate as women scientists in public policy decision making
  • Shape attitudes to change the face of science
  • Promote science as a source of progress

The 2008 L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for North America was announced at the meeting. It went to Professor Elizabeth BLACKBURN (Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, USA) “For the discovery of the nature and maintenance of chromosome ends and their roles in cancer and aging.”

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