For Women in Science - UNESCO and Fondation L’Oréal

From 2007 to 2015 we helped L’Oréal set up and operate their Women in Science program in Australia and New Zealand.

For current information about the program and for 2016 applications please visit L’Oréal’s new site at


The winners of the 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships are studying sharks, future memories, heavy stars, and climate change.

The Australian Fellows are:

  • A hot future for sharks: marine biologist Jodie Rummer, Townsville, swims with sharks for her research
  • How we imagine the future: cognitive neuroscientist Muireann Irish, Sydney has discovered the importance of future memory in daily life and dementia
  • The short lives of hard-living, fast burning, high mass stars: astronomer Shari Breen, Sydney drives The Dish at Parkes to find the stars that make the starstuff that makes us all.

The inaugural New Zealand Fellow is:

  • When the oceans were 20 metres higher: past and future climates: geologist Christina Riesselman, Dunedin

Read their profiles at Stories of Australian Science

For media enquiries and information on the 2016 Fellowships visit www.forwomeninscience.com.au

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This year’s $25,000 L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowships will be awarded next Tuesday evening at a Ceremony at the newly opened Jardin Tan at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens Observatory.

This year’s Fellows are inspiring young women, tackling problems in diverse fields of science.

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Posted on behalf of Samantha Hass (Head of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand)

L’Oréal’s global For Women in Science program is in full swing for 2014.

In Australia and New Zealand we’re in the final stages of applications for our three $AU25,000 Fellowships. Please encourage your best early career researchers to apply by 16 April.

The Paris Spring has brought a fresh crop of Laureates, exceptional women, scientific leaders from the five regions of the world.

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The 2013 L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand For Women in Science fellows, chosen from over 230 nominations, will be announced at an award ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday 27 August. Then on Wednesday 28 August, 300 female high school students will meet the fellows at the the Girls in Science forum. We’ll have profiles, photos, and HD […]


Colour and movement show how species evolve, bring a second international L’Oréal For Women in Science honour, and a $470,000 ARC grant for University of Melbourne evolutionary biologist Dr Devi Stuart-Fox.

Devi Stuart-Fox is attracted to show-offs. “I’m just really fascinated by animals with fabulous colours and ornaments.”

And ever since she was a teenager living in a bushland setting in an outer Brisbane suburb, she has also been delighted by lizards. She used to keep them as pets.


A zoological mystery that could change medicine and solar energy?

An international research initiative led by the University of Melbourne’s Dr Devi Stuart-Fox will investigate how and why animals change colour — and what it costs them.

It will also open the way for scientists to imitate lizards and develop new materials that respond to light and temperature for energy and medical applications.


There are high resolution images of Devi and her lizards below. To access the high-res version, click on the image then right/command click and select save as. There’s also HD footage available, email niall@scienceinpublic.com.au if you’d like access. Click on images to view and download high-res versions.