Central Europen Centre for Women and Youth in Science
Promoting young scientists: good practices
The project entitled Supporting talented young scientists and postgraduate students has been launched in 2003 under the Slovak Ministry for Education scheme called State programme for promoting science and development. Within this programme an interesting project has been granted under the title Identity and its transformation in historical and contemporary context in Slovakia respectively integration process.

On this project that was running by young political scientist Juraj Marušiak (see photo) participated exclusively young scholars and scientists from several institutions (Institute for political studies at the SAS, Institute for Ethnology at the SAS, Institute for Historiography at the SAS, Department for Media Research at Slovak Broadcasting).

Topical issues in project were innovative examination of identity that has been analysed by means of sociology, ethnology, political studies, and historiography. Unlike old-fashioned essential approach team preferred constructivist point of view in order to demonstrate that identity and its varieties is not eternal unchangeable property. To support this approach and its outcomes two surveys have been curried out. The former one was devoted to dominated values, political orientation of respondents, political attitudes and religious faith as an aspect of self-identification of people. The first survey was aiming to describe and explicate interethnic relationships in Slovakia. The second one dealt with different dimensions of political identity with regard to religion, ethnicity, and region, as a measurement of solidarity.

Several works have been published based on results of project in question (e.g. proceeding Marusiak, J.:-Ferencova, M.: Towards Theoretical Approach to Identity and its Impact in Practise, Veda 2005, pp.22O; Polackova, Z.: (ed-): Slovak-Czech Relations in Central Europe, Bratislava Veda 2005, pp.496); monograph by Smihula, D.: State and International System. History and Today. Bratislava , Veda 2005, pp.144).

Due participation on this project nine members of team also submitted and defended successfully their doctoral thesis. Research team was built from 40 researchers among them 29 men and 11 women, staff 4 three women and a man.

This example showed how is possible to promote young researcher and make them and their work more visible. Unfortunately despite great effort no further project only for young researcher is planned. This unpleasant fact should be taken under consideration by Slovak science policy makers and key stakeholders to come back to effective tools that has been recognised as a good practise.


Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science is a project funded by the European Commission
under Framework Programme 6 in the Structuring the ERA specific programme.