The Centre for Gender & Science (originally “for Women and Science”) was established at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in 2001 to address gender equality issues in research in the Czech Republic. Today, we are the only specialized gender and science centre focused on research, policy and practice.

Gender equality in research is for us a cornerstone of excellent research and robust research findings addressing the needs of all people. Membership in international networks, projects and associations is vital for our reflections of where we are coming from, where we are and what we can achieve for gender equality research in the Czech Republic.


  • We carry out research into gender inequity in research. Specifically we study women’s and men’s careers in research, career advancement, excellence and research assessment, the position of early-career researchers and PhDs, mobility and the transformation of research and innovation and research and innovation policy from a gender perspective
  • We monitor evolution of gender equality in Czech research overtime
  • We serve as experts on expert groups and advisory bodies in the Czech Republic (Office of the Government, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Science Foundation) and at the EU level
  • We support public research and higher education institutions to launch cultural and institutional changes for gender equality through gender equality plans
  • We run a mentoring programme for secondary school female students with an interest in technical and natural sciences
  • We stimulate debates and petition for measures and steps to eliminate discrimination and gender inequalities in science
  • We raise awareness about gender issues in science and give visibility to the achievements of women scientists’ to the general public
  • We present women scientists as role models
  • We organize public debates on gender equality in research
  • We contribute to organizing the Milada Paulova Award (on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports)
  • We are integrated in international networks (RINGS – The International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies, European Platform for Women Scientists and ATGender) and contribute to the development of science policies
  • We participate in international projects and cooperate with similarly orientated support and research organizations abroad, especially in Europe


Marcela Linková
Marcela holds a PhD in sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. She is the head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on sociology of gendered organizations, research careers, governance of research and research assessment from a gender perspective. She is the chair of the European Commission’s Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation, and has served as a member of expert and advisory bodies for the European Commission and Czech state administration. She was the Vice-Chair of genderSTE Cost Action TN 1201 (gender, science, technology, environment). Marcela is the coordinator of H2020 project GENDERACTION and has previously coordinated and participated in FP 6 and FP 7 projects on gender equality in science. In 2015 she was elected as member of the executive board of Research Network 24 Science and Technology of the European Sociological Association. In 2017 she participated in the “Women in STEM” International Visitor Leadership Programme in the USA.
Kateřina Cidlinská
Kateřina graduated in gender studies from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, where she focused on the state policy for equal opportunities for women and men, the institutional machinery for equal opportunities and family policy. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme at the Department of Sociology, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. In her dissertation project she deals with the establishment of academic careers and career planning, with a specific focus on the attrition of women and men from academic science. She joined the NKC gender & science in 2009. She is the coordinator of the mentoring program for secondary school female students with an interest in technically-orientated higher education and mentoring program for early career researchers. She is a fan of film marathons, especially those for thick-skinned audiences, passionate about dancing and is a keen canoeist.
Jana Dvořáčková
Jana holds a PhD in sociology from the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno. In her current work, she focuses mainly on implementing cultural and institutional changes for gender equality in research performing and research funding organizations. She joined the Centre for Gender and Science in 2018. She is responsible for the Working Group for Change. She was previously an assistant professor at the Gender Studies Programme (Masaryk University) and she also worked as a researcher at the Office for Population Studies at the same university. She is a co-author of the book Politics and Everyday Life in Czech Universities: Ethnographic Perspectives on Teaching, Learning and Research (2014).
Nina Fárová
Nina is a sociology graduate of the University of West Bohemia. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral degree program at the Department of Anthropology at the same university. She has been conducting a research in the Czech educational system, focusing on the issue of men and masculinity in the feminized context. Earlier, she worked as an analyst in an international consultancy company and as an assistant in the research about grandparenthood. She joined the NKC – Women and Gender team in March 2015. She is the Secretary of the Gender Expert Chamber, a network of leading national experts on gender equality and feminism studies. In her free time she enjoys making cocktails of diverse colors and tastes.
Martina Fucimanová
Martina studied gender studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. Now she is considering a doctoral degree program. In the study area she is interested in the LGBT, postcolonial and cultural studies. She joined NKC Gender & Science team in April 2014. She coordinates the mentoring project for secondary school students and recently also for university students. When she is not reading anything you have accidentally left around her, she is watching a series or trying out a new recipe.
Averil Huck
Averil is a French gender studies master student. She studies the law process surrounding the possibility to open the access to medically assisted procreation (MAP) to female couples well as single women in France. She focuses on the conservative response related to this. She’s an intern at the Centre for Gender and Science, taking part in the GENDERACTION project as a research and event assistant. She will stay until July 2019.
Blanka Nyklová
Blanka studied humanities at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, where she first encoutered Feminist Studies. She continued with Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. She is currently completing her PhD in Sociology. She focuses on the Czech feminist scene, its image in the media and the internal situation. In the long term she has been devoted to English language, among other things, she worked as a translator and interpreter in the state administration. It was exactly here where her interest in language and gender linguistics was born. She worked as an editor at the gitA gender press agency. Since 2009, she is dedicated to the teaching of Gender Studies in the context of American CIEE program in Prague. From 2014, she is also teaching a course Visual Culture and Socialism (together with Petr Gibas) at the Faculty of Humanities. She joined NKC Gender & Science as a researcher in June 2014.
Katarína Slezáková
Katarína graduated in sociology at the University of Masaryk in Brno where she is currently a Ph.D. student. In her dissertation project she focuses on early age education and care. She taught several gender studies subjects at the University of Masaryk. She joined the Centre for Gender and Science in January 2019. She takes part in the GE Academy project. In her free time she organizes a feminist reading club, practices yoga, visits nature and is interested in pop culture.
Naděžda Straková
Naďa graduated from the Department of British and American Studies, Charles University in Prague. Her working experience includes Czech Bureau BBC World Service, iDnes.cz, Aktuálně.cz. Her last job was for the RESPEKT weekly magazine as a web editor and head of Internet projects. She is responsible for communication with media.
Hana Tenglerová
Hana graduated in gender studies from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, and in public and social policy from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. She took an internship at the NKC Gender & Science between September 2006 and June 2007, joining the team the next year. She is responsible for advocacy, position papers and policy consultation. She is the author of annual monitoring reports on the position of women in Czech science among years 2009-2017. From 2009 until 2018 she was in charge of the organization of the Milada Paulova Award on behalf of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and was the chief editor of Czech edition of newsletter, Czech website and of Facebook and Twitter profiles of the NKC Gender & Science. Since 2018 she is responsible for communication activities in the project GENDERACTION (Horizon 2020) and since 2019 is part of the evaluation team in the project on structural change GenderSMART (Horizon 2020).
Karolína Vašíčková
Karolína graduated in cultural management. She free-lanced as a event manager, marketer, PR manager and fundraiser in the cultural and non-governmental sphere for a number of years. In 2017 she joined the Centre for Gender & Science as a PR manager. She is a lover of nature, culture and yoga. She is also a keen photographer.
Alena Vysloužilová
Alena works as a team assistant in NKC Gender & Science. She is studying Albanology in Faculty of Arts of Charles University. She would like combine her MA Programme with another filed of stuides. She is interested in problems of ethnic minorities, animal rights and environment. She´s a lover of nature and brutalism architecture. She likes taking pictures of mentioned.