5th National Conference on Gender and Science

Research as a Profession in 2018

On 30 Oct 2018 the National Contact Centre for Gender and Science holds the 5th national conference on gender and science. British science journalist Angela Saini kindly accepted our invitation to be the key note speaker. Marcela Linková, Marta Vohlídalová and Kateřina Cidlinská of the Centre will present outcome of the research on work conditions in academic profession.

Programme:

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome Speech
Eva Zažímalová, President of the Czech Academy of Sciences

10.15 – 10.25 Human resources for research: A priority on paper only
Marcela Linková, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)

10.25 – 11.10 How Science Got Women Wrong
Angela Saini, science journalist, broadcaster and author of the book Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong

11.10 – 11.30 coffee / tea

11.30 – 12.15 Women and Men Academics 2018 – Work Conditions in Academic Profession
Marta Vohlídalová, Institute of Sociology, CAS
Kateřina Cidlinská, Institute of Sociology, CAS

12.15 – 13.15 Key Challenges and Possible Solutions: Discussion with conference participants
Kateřina Cidlinská, Marcela Linková, Marta Vohlídalová, Institute of Sociology, CAS

13.15 – 13.30 Conclusion and Resolutions
Marcela Linková, Institute of Sociology, CAS

13.30– 14.30 Networking lunch

The conference will be moderated by Marcel Kraus, Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.

The working languages will be Czech and English.

You can register here.

Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster. She regularly presents science programmes on BBC, and her writing has appeared across the world, including in New Scientist, Science, the Guardian and The Times, among others.

Saini’s latest book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story (2017) won many awards and has been translated into many languages. The Czech version came out in September 2018.
Angela Saini has a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University, and a second Masters in Science and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

Summary of her presentation:
Since before Charles Darwin, male scientists have claimed that women are the inferior sex, both physically and intellectually. It is a narrative that persists even to this day in some corners of biology and psychology. Angela Saini examines the historic bias against women in science and presents a new account from fresh research that is rewriting what we know.

Marta Vohlídalová is a sociologist. She works at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Summary of her presentation:
The presentation summarizes main findings from a representative questionnaire survey of academics in universities, the Czech Academy of Sciences and other public research institutions across scientific disciplines. It will focus on work precarity, work load, stress and inequalities at various types of institutions, disciplines and academic positions.

 

Kateřina Cidlinská is a sociologist. She works at the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Summary of her presentation:
The data from the questionnaire survey are complemented by findings from a qualitative study conducted at four research organisations in the higher education and public sector. Interviews with female and male academics provide a more detailed view of the conditions for research and education in the Czech Republic, and of the attitudes of the organisations’ leaders to HR issues. The presentation offers the qualitative survey results and points to the ways in which institutional HR policies either alleviate or increase some negative effects of national research policies.

Marcela Linková is a sociologist. She heads at the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.