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 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, and supported GENDERACTION project as a project manager. Currently she organises Cena Milady Paulové and supports the team in international projects. When she is not reading anything you have accidentally left around her, she is watching a series or trying out a new recipe.
Markéta Brabcová
Gabriela Langhammerová
Gabriela studies theology and philosophy at the Hussite Theological Faculty of Charles University and Gender Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, majoring in Philosophy and History of Natural Sciences, which takes into account the history and methodology of science. She has been a member of the Center for Gender and Science since 2021. She deals with the issue of promoting institutional changes in scientific and research organisations within the CZERA project and in cooperation with the Community for Change.
Jarmila Lancošová
Jarmila has been the team's assistant since 2021. She encountered the issue of gender inequality as a self-defense instructor specializing at children, teenagers and women. Since then, she has become more interested in this topic. She is currently studying Transcultural Communication. She likes to learn new information about anything and loves good food and filtered coffee.
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.
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
Nina Fárová holds MA in Sociology and PhD in Anthropology from University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. For her PhD project, she had been conducting an ethnographic research into the Czech educational system, focusing on the issue of men and masculinity in a feminized context. She work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Gender and Science. As a team member, she has taken part in several research projects focused for example on working conditions and gender equality in Czech academia or on the fate of scientific knowledge in the (post)socialist chemical industry. At present, she focuses mainly on the topic of gender and technology. 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).
Jana Gabrielová