ABOUT

VISION

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.

OUR WORK

  • 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

OUR TEAM

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.
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.
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.
Alena Ortenová
In the 1980s Alena graduated in film and television production from the Film Academy in Prague. In the 1990s she took an interest in gender studies and feminism, graduating in 2010 in gender studies from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. During her studies (2006–2007) she took an internship at the NKC gender & science, becoming a team member in May 2010. She contributes to the coordination of communication activities, writes reviews and articles for the newsLetter, and copyedits the website, interviews and texts written by team members. She has two adult children, a grandson, and is happy to be able to work with young colleagues.
Naďa Straková
Naďa graduated at 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 public consultations and the contribution of the NKC Gender & Science in them and the monitoring reports on the position of women in Czech science. She is in charge of the organization of the Milada Paulova Award on behalf of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, and edits the Facebook profile and Twitter of the NKC Gender & Science.
Hana Víznerová
Hana graduated in sociology from the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. During her studies and after graduation she worked at the Gender & Sociology department at the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, where she returned after five years of working in the non-profit sector in 2013 when she joined the NKC gender & science. She is responsible for the cultural and institutional change project in research and higher education institutions. She continues to cooperate with non-profit organizations as a lecturer and expert in equal opportunities for women and men and migrants in the Czech Republic. Her expertise is in social exclusion and (multiple) discrimination of disadvantaged and marginalized groups in society. In her work and personally she advocates gender equality on the labour market and improving the role of women in public space, the position of women-migrants and their roles in advocating the rights and interests of foreigners in the Czech Republic and internationally.
Marta Vohlídalová
Marta graduated in sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. She holds a doctorate in sociology from the same faculty. She joined the Institute of Sociology of AS CR in 2005. Her research focuses on the sociology of the family and private life, gender inequalities in labour market and family policy.
Martina Kozlová
Martina graduated in acting at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. She joined NKC – gender and science in February 2017 as an assistent. She loves good coffee, warm weather, sea and sun.