Commissione Europea 7th Framework Programme Presidenza Del Consiglio Dei Ministri


Established in 2001, the National Contact Centre for Women and Science is an information, communication, support, advocacy and research centre for gender equality in science.

We stimulate debates and petition for measures and steps to eliminate discrimination and gender inequalities in science. We urge action from responsible institutions, and offer solutions to improve the professional advancement of women. We carry out analyses of gender aspects of research careers. We raise awareness about gender issues in science and give visibility to women researchers and their work.

We support and stimulate women’s cooperation in science. We are integrated in international networks (European Platform for Women Scientists, ATGender, EUMENT-net) and contribute to the development of science policies. We participate in international projects and cooperate with similar support and research organizations abroad, especially in Europe. We are located in the sociology of knowledge, feminist theories and science studies, sociology of organizations and public policy.

NKC is a member of the genderSTE – Gender, Science, Technology and Environment, the first Targeted Network approved by COST (COST Action TN1201), to advance gender equality in science and technology.


Our goals:

– Increase the number of women in decision-making positions in bodies responsible for research and development policy and in public research and higher education institutions

– Design grant eligibility rules in research funding organizations that do not discriminate against parents

– Structural solutions for gender equality in areas such as combination of professional and private life, research assessment, women’s representation in leadership positions and academic mobility

– Collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated statistics, especially in research funding institutions

– Transformation of the research culture and institutions, including the inclusion of the gender dimension in research and technology content

– Openness and transparency in research and policy design

– Gender mainstreaming of research and development policies

– Development of critical debates about the role of research in contemporary societies

– Increasing the visibility of women researchers and their work


NKC in the TRIGGER project:

– Gender expertise

– Expertise and knowledge concerning structural (cultural and institutional) change for gender equality in research

– Research activities in the project (questionnaire survey, statistical analysis, media analysis)

– Assist VSCHT in the implementation of specific measures

– Conduct seminars and gender trainings


Postal address:

Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

National Contact Centre for Women and Science

Jilská 1

Prague 1

Postal code 110 00







Office address:

Linhartská 4, Prague 1


tel.: +420 222 222 322

Mgr. Marcela Linková

Mgr. Hana Víznerová

Action Plan

Priorities and strategic areas

1. Professional and career development of women and early-career researchers

• Working culture and environment, elimination of gender stereotypes , awareness-raising

• Changing of institutional practices and rules

• Providing direct support to female researchers and women and early-career researchers

– Assessment of the current situation, winning the support of leaders, trainings and

workshops for top management and researchers, publication of interviews with women


– Working conditions, work-life balance measures

– mentoring, women’s network, career advice, empowerment and soft-skills training

2. Promote women’s leadership in research and research management

• Assess and revise institutional practices and rules

• Enhancement of women researchers’ visibility and empowerment of women researchers

– Professional assessment and evaluations, selection procedures and criteria for the

evaluation, introduction of equality targets in decision making bodies

– Communication trainings, training to access decision-making boards and committees

3. Gendering contents and methods of scientific activity

• Improve expertise concerning integration of gender and sex analysis into research

– workshops in cooperation with the Yellow Window, trainings on the gender dimension in

curricula and the pedagogical process

• Develop institutional conditions and opportunities to promote integration of gender dimension

into research

– setting rules for funding and allocation of funds for gendered research, promoting doctoral

theses with gender dimension

Planned activities for the first year

• A report on statistical data and implementation of the results into the AP

• Developing key messages

• Meetings with VSCHT leaders

• A workshop on gender diversity management

• Formulating rules for flexible working hours and home office

• Setting up a mentoring program for female researchers

• Designing and publication of a project poster

• Participation in national events (Researchers’ Night, science fair)

• First interviews with female role models for the planned book

• Organising workshops on integrating gender dimension (one with Yellow Window)

• Cooperation with the Internal Grant Agency – rules inspection, recommendations

• Doctoral theses – recommendation how to implement the gender dimension

• Cooperation with the HR department concerning the process of recruitment – gender dimension,

monitoring, recommendations

• Monitoring the gender dimension in VSCHT’s cooperation with industry and in IPR

• Media analysis – VSCHT women in the media