National Contact Centre – Women in Science (Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences) was established in 2001 at the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic as a grant project funded under the EUPRO programme of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. In its three-year existence, the centre has established itself at the national as well as international level. The centre’s main objective is to improve the situation of female professionals in R&D and increase the proportion of women in executive positions in R&D. The centre provides also personal assistance to women in science and this assistance concerns, for example, searching for funding opportunities, grant opportunities, legal advice on pay discrimination, sexual harassment etc. The centre has also launched a number of projects, including a database of female experts, the Woman of the Month project which features a successful woman scientists, INFORMAT - a portal for young researchers and others. The centre runs a quarterly journal titled Kontext. In 2003 the centre launched a pilot programme for high-schools students with the aim of bringing scientific work closer to the young generation and to present role models to them. The centre organises regular seminars and workshops on gender issues in R&D, on research projects in the Czech Republic concerning a variety of gender issues and on inclusion of the gender dimension in FP6. In June 2003, the centre co-organised international conference ”Women Scholars and Institutions”.
The National Contact Centre – Women in Science is a project of the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences CR and therefore it can draw on its infrastructure. The Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences was founded in 1990. Currently, there are 11 research teams. The Institute of Sociology concentrates on sociological research focused on the examination of contemporary society using modern analytical quantitative and qualitative methods, including long-term and extensive empirical surveys, public opinion polls, comparative surveys, case studies and other procedures, and the development of sociological theories and methodologies. In addition to basic research, some related applied projects are also conducted at the Institute.
Description of staff involved in the project
Marcela Linkova, project co-ordinator is a junior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences CR. In 2001 she became the co-ordinator of the National Contact Centre – Women in Science. She is also a member of the Czech research team of an FP5 project Enlargement, Gender and Governance. She is also a member of a Czech research team of the IWAVS international comparative project studying the issue of domestic violence. In 2002 she was invited to join the steering committee for the Study of Networks of Women in Science, formed by Unit C-5 Women and Science to help monitor progress and give direction where appropriate. She is the chairperson of the National Steering Committee for Women in Science in the Czech Republic. In 2003 she was the local organiser of the Young Scientists’ workshop in Prague, Czech Republic, carried out under the ENWISE project of Unit C-5 Women and Science.
Laura Henderson, project manager, graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2001 with a Diploma in Chinese, and BA Hons in the History of Art and Archaeology of Asia and Africa. After graduating, she worked in London with the Red Cross Refugee Unit, and later as a project manager under the supervision of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture in the field of asylum and refugee issues focusing on women and mental health disorders. She has worked at NKC since the beginning of 2004.