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Changing Course: On Leaving Academic Research (2016)

The publication, titled Changing Course: On Leaving Academic Research (Změna trasy: o odchodech z vědy) brings together fifteen interviews with early-career researchers who decided to leave academic research path during their doctorate or in the post-doc phase. The publication is based on the qualitative part of the wider research project, the goal of which is to find out what kind of people have left Czech academic science in the past ten years as well as to analyze reasons why they decided to leave academic career, to ascertain what they do now and how they use knowledge acquired during their academic research career. The book describes working conditions for young scientists in the Czech Republic.



Searching for Dynamic Equilibrium: Three Generations of Women Researchers at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (2016)

The book Searching for a Dynamic Equilibrium: Three Generations of Women Researchers at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague was launched on 17th February 2016 at the UTC Gallery in Prague. The publication, co-authored by Blanka Nyklová and Hana Víznerová, is a collection of twenty interviews with women scientists who do research and teach at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCT). The interviews focus on issues related to the process of combining a highly demanding professional career in science with family life. It captures the lives of women academics at various points in their lives - young scientists at the outset of their careers through to those well-established at the peak of their careers. The interviews show how social, political and institutional circumstances have affected the professional and private lives of the interviewed scientists.

Academic Duets: on Professional and Private Lives in Science (2010)

The publication brings portraits of fifteen couples where both partners work in science, research or teach at a university. It completes a two-year project of Academic Couples carried out by the NKC between 2009 and 2010. Academic Couples focused on issues related to dual career partnerships in science, the process of combining two highly demanding professional careers in science, the distribution of roles between the partners and the combination of work and family lives. It captures academics in various life phases – from young people and doctoral candidates at the beginning of their careers to well-established scientists at the peak of their creative powers to people who are gradually winding their research careers up. The theoretical introduction to the publication analyses some of these issues – problems related to geographical mobility, the bad design of Czech family policy which does not correspond well to the needs of parents working in demanding scientific professions or problems with stereotypes that people have about dual career partnerships in science. The interviews were conducted with both partners together, which makes them very dynamic, engaging and interesting. 

Queen’s Gambit: The Launch of a Research Career (2005)

After focusing on scientists who achieved scientific recognition we wanted to research the experiences and attitudes of another generation of women scientists – researchers at the beginning of their careers. We called them, and the whole project, Female Talents. We referenced talents, even though we know it is not enough just to have talent; a chance to nurture and develop it is equally important. We engaged with early stage women researchers over the course of two years and asked them how they came into science, what worries them about science, how they feel as women-researchers and whether they have encountered any inequalities. It was interesting to hear their stories, which were as varied as the fields they work in, yet at the same time similar, when speaking about the satisfaction and fulfilment which scientific work brings them. One of the major topics was motherhood, an obstacle to their work but also an inspiration – a key moment which could end their scientific paths or open up new dimensions. Titled The Queen’s Gambit: The Launch of a Research Career, it is a vivid yet natural narration depicting the trials and tribulations of what life is like for early-stage women in science.

A Room of One’s Own: 10 Views (2004)

The publication presents interviews with successful Czech women scientists based on the Woman of the Month project (2001-2004). The key goal was to make visible those women scientists who have achieved outstanding results in their fields of research. It was important to map the contributions that women had made to Czech science and to present their experience. Also, the publication aimed at presenting early stage female researchers with what it means to do science as seen by those who have broken through the glass ceiling, how they experience science and what their life stories are. The authors also expected to learn about the deformations of scientific research during the communist regime, what the scientists’ survival strategies were and what changes came after 1989 in the eyes of those who are now contributing to the formation of the research environment.


Knowing and Living in Academic Research (2009)

This is a PDF version of the final publication from the KNOWING project, Knowing and Living in Academic Research: Convergence and Heterogeneity in the European Context, edited by Ulrike Felt. The edited volume is published by the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Hard copies can be requested either from national teams or from the coordinator of the project.

Reclaiming a Political Voice: Women in Science in Central Europe (2007)

This publication is one of the outputs of the WS Debate project (FP6) and is a contribution to the discussions about the position of women in Czech science. The question of equal opportunities for men and women is presented not only through the traditional prism of the lack of human resources and the importance of women for the economic development of Europe but locates the issue within wider historical and social-economic circumstances.

Thinking Borders: Gender Examinations of Rationality, Objectivity and the Knowing Subject (2006)

This publication was inspired by papers presented at the international historical conference of Women Scholars and Institutions organized by the Research Centre for the History of Science and the Commission Women in Science of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science. The National Contact Centre for Women and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic chaired one of the conference sections called Gendered Knowledge: The Reshaping of ‘Normal’ Science. The publication is a result of a joint initiative of the panellists and organizers of the section.

Science Studies Opens the Black Box (2005)

In 2005 the first Spring School of Science Studies took place and inspired the publication of this edited volume. A close focus was on challenging the ideas of knowledge construction and doing science, on feminist science studies, actors network theory, postcolonial techno-studies, and analyses of interactions between humans and technologies.

Publications in Czech only

Sexual Harassment in the University Environment: Analysis, Context, Solutions

Publication is available in Czech only. 

Paths through a Labyrinth: On Being a Scientist, Private Lives, and Their Harmonization (2007)

What is the trick to harmonization of private and working lives? How to keep the private and working spheres separate? Is there anything special about science in this regard? Answers to these and other questions are sought in the recent publication called Paths through a Labyrinth: On Being a Scientist, Private Lives, and Their Harmonization that is related to the conference of the same name organized in 2005. It discusses the widely debated topic of harmonizing work and private life in research.

Multiple Voices: Negotiating Women’s Spaces after 1989 (2006)

The publication maps gender and feminist activities in the Czech Republic after 1989. The scope and the topics presented in the publication are an important source for university students and teachers in gender studies, media studies, social movements and political and economic transformations.

An Expert Analysis of the Impact of Parenthood on Careers in Science (2005)

The issue of harmonizing the demands of scientific careers and family obligations is a pressing one within the scientific community and this is compounded by the polarised gender order of most Czech families. Women are still almost exclusively responsible for the operation of a household, the emotional well-being of all family members and childcare; in such a situation it is very difficult to meet the demands of careers in science.

Glass Ceiling: Position of Women in Science (2003)

The publication was the first to present a view of science from a gender perspective in the Czech Republic, and provides an overview of key critical approaches and theories, statistics and an overview of national and international documents concerning equal opportunities in research and development. It introduces activities toward the promotion of women in science at the local and international level.