The Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague / Vysoka skola chemicko-technologicka v Praze (VSCHT Praha), is a public university providing education and pursuing scientific, research, development and implementation activities. The VSCHT Praha is known for both the depth and broadness of its educational and research activities in almost all branches of chemistry, chemical engineering, food chemistry and technology, biochemistry, refining, water-treatment, power and biological sciences and technologies, as well as environment protection, materials sciences and other chemistry-based fields of study. The university was founded in 1952, but its roots date back to 1807 when the first course in chemistry was delivered at the Prague Polytechnic. The reorganization of the polytechnic in 1920 resulted in the transformation of the chemical department into the School of Chemical Technology, one of the seven sections of the Czech Technical University.
The VSCHT Praha consists of four faculties, Faculty of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Environmental Technology, Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Rector’s offices. Central laboratories, the Centre for Information Services, the Administration of University Facilities supporting residential and catering services for students, research and education centres and other administration and services department are an integral part of the university accommodating the needs of all VSCHT Faculties.
The VSCHT Praha currently comprises almost 1220 staff, of which are 322 researchers and 507 academics including 65 professors and 115 associate professors. The Faculties of the VSCHT Praha are accredited to provide three-year Bachelor programmes, two-year Master programmes (ending with the award of the academic title Engineer), and PhD programmes. The total enrolment at the ICT Prague is about 3800 Master and Bachelor students and 800 PhD students.
The VSCHT Praha turned out a number of outstanding chemists, among them Professor Otto Wichterle, the inventor of soft contact lenses in the 1950s. Vladimír Prelog, professor at the ETH Zürich who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1975, graduated from the School of Chemical Technology in 1928, and he gained his PhD degree there several years later.
University has a rich network of international ties, including strong presence in EU programmes. Research teams are currently involved in more than 30 FP7 projects including frontier and collaborative research and Marie Curie mobility and career development grants.
The annual turnover of the university is slightly under 50mil EUR. To disseminate and promote research results and achievements, and excellence of its research teams and new pedagogical approaches, the Department of Communication engages with the scientific community and wider public.
Official website: www.vscht.cz
Vysoka skola chemicko-technologicka v Praze (VŠCHT Praha)
Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague (ICT P)
Technicka 5, 166 28 Prague 6
Ing. Anna Mittnerová
965 – Oddělení pro vědu a výzkum (Department of R&D)
Tel: +420 220 443 675
Ing. Kamila Zdeňková, Ph.D.
320 – Ústav biochemie a mikrobiologie (Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology)
Tel: (+420) 22044 – 5196
E-mail: Kamila.Zdenkova@vscht.czAction 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
– 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 the gender dimension in VSCHT’s cooperation with industry and in IPR
• Media analysis – VSCHT women in the media