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 Linková PhD is a researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences where she directs the Centre for Gender and Science. She has a doctorate in sociology from Charles University in Prague. Her research focuses on sociology of gendered organizations, research careers, governance of research and research assessment from a gender perspective. Marcela also examines the material-discursive practices through which gender equality policies and initiatives are adopted and implemented at the European and Czech country levels. She is the chair of the ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation. She is active in developing policy solutions for gender equality in research at the Czech and EU levels. Marcela has been involved in several EU funded projects; most recently, she is the coordinator of Horizon 2020 GENDERACTION project and participates in GE Academy, Gender-SMART and CASPER. She has served on expert and advisory bodies of the European Commission and in the Czech Republic. She is an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Programme “Women in STEM”.
Hana Tenglerová
Hana studied public and social policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Prague, and gender studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University Prague. She has been a member of the NKC team since 2008. She is engaged primarily in advocacy work and cooperation with state administration. She is the editor of Monitoring Reports on the Status of Women in Czech Science. She is recently involved in the advocacy and communication activities of the Horizon 2020 project GENDERACTION and in the external evaluation and monitoring of the structural change project of Horizon 2020 GenderSMART.
Martina Fucimanová
Martina studied gender studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. She has been a member of the Center Gender & Science team since April 2014. She used to coordinate the mentoring program for secondary school students and early-stage researchers. Currently she works on the GENDERACTION project and supports the running of two other European projects. When she is not reading anything you have accidentally left around her, she is watching a series or trying out a new recipe.
Timea Crofony
She graduated from Law at the Faculty of Law of Charles University and Gender Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University. Currently, she is a PhD. student of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at Faculty of Arts, Charles University. She worked in public administration, advocacy (focusing on criminal law, family law and domestic violence) and as a university lawyer and methodologist of cooperation with the application sphere and gender equality coordinator. She completed a comprehensive educational program in research, development and innovation. . She has been a member of NKC - gender and science since mid-2019. Within the INTER-EXCELLENCE program, she focuses on gender mainstreaming and cultural and institutional change in higher education and research organizations. She manages the Working Group for Change and, together with her colleague Pavla Rypáčková, is dedicated to institutional support and lecturing.
Pavla Rypáčková
She began to address the issue of (in) equality in the gender studies program at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. She is a graduate of the GEMMA M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oviedo, Spain and University of Hull, UK. She has been working at the Center for Gender and Science since mid-2019 on the international project Gender-SMART. She focuses on monitoring and evaluating the implementation of gender equality plans in research institutions.
Kateřina Maršálková
Kateřina is enrolled at the MA of gender studies, Charles University in Prague. She joined the NKC Gender & Science in April 2019. She is the coorinator of the mentoring programme. In her free time she enjoys streaming video game, watching films and fitness.
Kristýna Veitová
Kristýna studied gender studies at the University of Utrecht and political science at the University of Maastricht. She joined the team of Center for Gender and Science in 2019 as a producer of popularization events and since 2020 she is also the coordinator of communication activities. Her research interests include equality between women and men in the context of law, to which she also pays attention academically at the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno.
Averil Huck
Averil graduated in gender studies at the Lumiere University Lyon 2 in France. She wrote her master thesis on the conservative response to the law preparation to open the access to medically assisted procreation to female couples and to single women in France. From April to July 2019, she interned as a research and project assistant at the Center for Gender and Science. Now she works as an assistant and researcher on the GENDERACTION project, focusing on the implementation of a gender perspective in international cooperation in science, technology and innovation.
Alena Vysloužilová
She graduated from South East European and Balkan Studies with a focus on Albania at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University and would like to continue her master's degree. She works as an assistant at the Center for Gender and Science. In her free time she enjoys traveling and she likes to visit and take pictures of brutalist architecture.
Blanka Nyklová
Blanka Nyklová has worked at the Centre for Gender and Research since 2014. She holds an MA in media studies and PhD in sociology from Charles University in Prague. Her research interests span several areas: the Czech feminist scene, its changes and theoretical starting points; sexual violence in higher education and academic mobility; visual discourses; and the intersection of geopolitics and epistemology with emphasis on transformation processes in the Czech Republic and Central and Eastern Europe around 1989. The latter topic is also the central focus of her current research project, which explores the fate of applied chemical research at research and development departments and institutes affiliated with chemical plants before and after 1989.
Nina Fárová
She holds MA in Sociology and PhD in Anthropology from University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. She has been conducting an ethnographic research into the Czech educational system, focusing on the issue of men and masculinity in a feminized context. As a member of the Centre for Gender and Science, she has taken part in several research projects focused for example on working conditions in Czech academia or on the fate of scientific knowledge in the (post)socialist chemical industry. She work as a postdoctoral researche at the Center for Gender and Science and she is also a lecturer at the University of Hradec Králové where she teaches gender theory and qualitative methodology.
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).