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