News

On Gender & Science with Nobel Prize Winning Scientist

Interview with May-Britt Moser The fact we (as mammals) know where we are, and can navigate our way to other places was – for a long time – one of the biggest mysteries in our understanding of the brain. In 2005 May-Britt Moser, with her then husband Edvard I. Moser, solved this mystery; discovering grid cells in our brain that are believed to constitute our positioning system. Their work has given us some of our...

Eument-net: Call for Papers and Workshop invitation

Eument-net invites you to a networking workshop for coordinators of European mentoring programs supporting gender equality in research and academia which will take place on 23rd November in Prague. When: 23. – 24. 11. 2017 Where: Academic Conference Centre, Husova 4a, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic It will follow up on the 2008 eument-net conference The Future of Mentoring Programs. Linking Programs, Experience and People, with the goal of renewing our former cooperation and...

Report on International Conference on Structural Change

On 19 May 2017 the International Conference on Structural Change for Gender Equality in Research took place in Prague. The goal of the conference was to explore the various factors that affect the implementation of structural change initiatives for gender equality, including historical, geopolitical, and social factors as well as the organization of R&I system, research funding and evaluation or the gender equality regimes in given environment. Experience and results of analyses were presented by...

NKC Annual Lecture: Sexology in Communist Czechoslovakia

On 10 February 2017 the Centre for Gender and Science invited associate professor Kateřina Liškova, expert on sexuality and gender in Czechoslovak sexological discourses during communism, to give an annual talk. It was the fifth iteration of the Centre´s annual lectures by outstanding woman researchers. The room was packed and the debate touched on all kinds of topics – progressive work of Czechoslovak sexologists in the 1950s and 1960s, communists’ concept of equality between women...

H2020 Project GENDERACTION Kicked Off in Prague

The H2020 GENDERACTION project kicked off in Prague on 22 and 23 May. The project is coordinated by the National Contact Centre for Gender and Science of the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences. “It is my honour to coordinate the GENDERACTION consortium. Having been granted the project confirms the important position of our Centre in the field of gender equality in European Research Area,” says Marcela Linkova, the project coordinator. GENDERACTION will create...

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2017

To recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology, the United Nations Member States established an annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February. This year we celebrated the Day in cooperation with the Information Centre of the UN in Prague. With a hashtag campaign titled My favourite woman researcher (in Czech #mojeoblibenavedkyne), we asked people to take a photo of themselves with a picture bearing the...

Unbroken: Women in Czechoslovak Dissident Movement and Charter 77

January 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of the publication of Charter 77, a proclamation calling on the Czechoslovak government to comply with international human rights commitments it has signed up to in the Helsinki Final Act. On the occasion of this anniversary, our team at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences launched a small project to examine the role and activities of women in dissent. By doing this, we wanted to...

Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation publishes Position Paper on the Interim Evaluation of H2020 and the next FP

The Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation, an ERA-related group giving advice to the European Commission and the Council, published its Position Paper on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 and the next Framework Programme. The HG stresses the need to continue and reinforce provisions on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in R&I in the next FP, especially in evaluation, monitoring and capacity building. H2020 and FP9 are crucial instruments to strengthen the...

Teaching load could put female scientists at career disadvantage

Male scientists in the United Kingdom report teaching less than their female counterparts, while women and minorities tend to feel disadvantaged in their careers. Female academics report spending more time on teaching and public-engagement tasks, and less time on research, than their male counterparts, according to a survey of UK university staff in science-based subjects. The study of 2,495 male and 2,374 female academics at 43 UK institutions, published by the London-based charity Equality Challenge...

New initiatives offer child-care solutions to traveling scientists

As dual-career academics and parents of a 2-year-old, Zermarie Deacon and her husband negotiate in advance which conferences each will attend, so that the other can stay at home and take care of the child. Deacon, who is an associate professor in the Department of Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma, was hoping to attend last November’s Gender Summit in Washington D.C. – but her husband was already booked for travel at that time....