Guests at the Women In Science awards ceremony

Guests at the Women In Science awards ceremony

On 23 June the Royal Society hosted the fifth L’Oreal UK and Ireland Fellowships 2015 for Women In Science awards ceremony.

The event, held in partnership with the UK National Commission for UNESCO and Irish National Commission for UNESCO, and supported by the Royal Society, coincided with the National Women in Engineering Day.

Uta Frith FRS, chair of the Royal Society’s diversity committee, welcomed the audience to the event, which had a great turn out.

Amandine Ohayon, managing Director L’Oreal Luxe UK and Ireland then talked about building confidence in women, including the need to have strong role models and networks.

Short videos followed, showcasing the work of each of the eight finalists, which included looking at cancer cells, helping mums understand their children, investigating dark energy, and understanding how vision goes wrong in Parkinson’s sufferers.

Listening to each of them talk so passionately about their research was truly inspiring.

The event was a fantastic celebration of women in science – because they’re worth it!