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Established in 2001, the National Contact Centre for Gender & Science (originally "for women and science") contributes to building gender equality in science and research. 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 to address the asymmetrical distribution of power between men and women in science and in society in general. 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 and ATGender) and contribute to the development of science policies. We participate in international projects and cooperate with similarly orientated support and research organizations abroad, especially in Europe. We are located in the sociology of knowledge, feminist theories and science studies, gender studies and public policy.

NKC is part of genderSTE - Gender, Science, Technology and Environment, the first Targeted Network approved by COST (COST Action TA1201), to advance gender equality in science and technology. 

Our goals

  • We work to achieve a higher percentage of women in decision-making positions in bodies responsible for research and development policies and in institutions of public research and higher education sectors
  • We demand that grant rules in public research funding providers do not discriminate against parents of small children
  • We believe that a combination of professional and private lives should not be seen as the problem of individual women but as a structural problem that should be addressed by the government and research institutions
  • We initiate the collection of sex-disaggregated statistics, especially pertaining to institutions and bodies that distribute public funding for research and development
  • We strive to increase the visibility of women and their work in science
  • We underscore gender stereotypes in fields of study and science, and motivate girls to enter the research profession
  • We engage in critical debates with responsible institutions and the public about the role of science in contemporary societies and gender equality in science


The team





Marcela Linková
Marcela has been the coordinator of the NKC Gender & Science since 2001. She joined the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences in 2000, and became a researcher in 2005. She holds a doctorate in sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague on the topic of public accountability and assessment of research. At the NKC Gender & Science she deals primarily with international cooperation and cooperation between the Czech Republic and the European Commission. Her research concentrates on the transformation of academic work and analyses science policies from a gender perspective, especially the formation of career paths, research assessment and public accountability. She also coordinated two Framework Program projects and participated in others. She served as a member of many advisory and expert bodies in the Czech Republic and the European Commission (e.g. Expert Advisory Board Science in Society, Expert Group on the Research Profession, Helsinki Group on Women and Science, Departmental Coordination Group Research and Development, VERA Working Group for the Development of Human Resources and Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Research and Development at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports). Marcela is a film aficionado, loves dancing, and enjoys lots of music including My Morning Jacket, Beach House, David Bowie, Radiohead and Anna Calvi. She shares her passion for things culinary (and much more) with her husband.


Kateřina Cidlinská

Kateřina graduated in gender studies from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, where she focused on the state policy for equal opportunities for women and men, the institutional machinery for equal opportunities and family policy. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme at the Department of Sociology, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. In her dissertation project she deals with the establishment of academic careers and career planning, with a specific focus on the attrition of women and men from academic science. She joined the NKC gender & science in 2009. She is the coordinator of the mentoring program for secondary school female students with an interest in technically-orientated higher education and mentoring program for early career researchers. She is a fan of film marathons, especially those for thick-skinned audiences, passionate about dancing and is a keen canoeist.


Nina Fárová

Nina is a sociology graduate of the University of West Bohemia. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral degree program at the Department of Anthropology at the same university. She has been conducting a research in the Czech educational system, focusing on the issue of men and masculinity in the feminized context. Earlier, she worked as an analyst in an international consultancy company and as an assistant in the research about grandparenthood. She joined the NKC – Women and Gender team in March 2015. She is the Secretary of the Gender Expert Chamber, a network of leading national experts on gender equality and feminism studies. In her free time she enjoys making cocktails of diverse colors and tastes.



Martina Fucimanová

She studied gender studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. Now she is considering a doctoral degree program. In the study area she is interested in the LGBT, postcolonial and cultural studies. She joined NKC Gender & Science team in April 2014. She coordinates the mentoring project for secondary school students and recently also for university students. When she is not reading anything you have accidentally left around her, she is watching a  series or trying out a new recipe.


Martina Kozlová

Martina graduated in acting at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. She joined NKC - gender and science in February 2017 as an assistant.  She loves good coffee, warm weather, sea and sun.


Blanka Nyklová

Blanka studied humanities at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, where she first encoutered Feminist Studies. She continued with Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. She is currently completing her PhD in Sociology. She focuses on the Czech feminist scene, its image in the media and the internal situation. In the long term she has been devoted to English language, among other things, she worked as a translator and interpreter in the state administration. It was exactly here where her interest in language and gender linguistics was born. She worked as an editor at the gitA gender press agency. Since 2009, she is dedicated to the teaching of Gender Studies in the context of American CIEE program in Prague. From 2014, she is also teaching a course Visual Culture and Socialism (together with Petr Gibas) at the Faculty of Humanities. She joined NKC Gender & Science as a researcher in June 2014.

  Naďa Straková

Naďa graduated at the Department of British and American Studies, Charles University in Prague. Her working experience includes Czech Bureau BBC World Service, iDnes.cz, Aktuálně.cz. Her last job was for the RESPEKT weekly magazine as a web editor and head of Internet projects. She is responsible for communication with media.


Hana Tenglerová
Hana graduated in gender studies from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, and in public and social policy from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. She took an internship at the NKC Gender & Science between September 2006 and June 2007, joining the team the next year. She is responsible for public consultations and the contribution of the NKC Gender & Science in them and the monitoring reports on the position of women in Czech science. She is in charge of the organization of the Milada Paulova Award on behalf of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, and edits the Facebook profile and Twitter of the NKC Gender & Science.

Alena Ortenová
In the 1980s Alena graduated in film and television production from the Film Academy in Prague. In the 1990s she took an interest in gender studies and feminism, graduating in 2010 in gender studies from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. During her studies (2006–2007) she took an internship at the NKC gender & science, becoming a team member in May 2010. She contributes to the coordination of communication activities, writes reviews and articles for the newsLetter, and copyedits the website, interviews and texts written by team members. She has two adult children, a grandson, and is happy to be able to work with young colleagues.

Marie Pánková

Marie graduated in journalism and media studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Prague. She specializes in organizing and promoting cultural projects and occasionally writes articles. Earlier, she worked as a literary editor and programme production manager for the Prague Writers' Festival, as a coordinator of travel festivals and PR manager of non-profit projects. She joined NKC - gender and science in February 2017 as an event specialist. She loves mountains and discovering different cultures while travelling. She is a keen reader and visitor of film festivals and arthouse cinemas.



Hana Víznerová

Hana graduated in sociology from the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. During her studies and after graduation she worked at the Gender & Sociology department at the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, where she returned after five years of working in the non-profit sector in 2013 when she joined the NKC gender & science. She is responsible for the cultural and institutional change project in research and higher education institutions. She continues to cooperate with non-profit organizations as a lecturer and expert in equal opportunities for women and men and migrants in the Czech Republic. Her experise is in social exclusion and (multiple) discrimination of disadvantaged and marginalized groups in society. In her work and personally she advocates gender equality on the labour market and improving the role of women in public space, the position of women-migrants and their roles in advocating the rights and interests of foreigners in the Czech Republic and internationally.


Marta Vohlídalová

Marta graduated in sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. She holds a doctorate degree in sociology from the same faculty. She joined the Institute of Sociology of AS CR in 2005. Her research focuses on the sociology of the family and private life, gender inequalities in labor market and family policy.