Searching for a Dynamic Equilibrium: Three Generations of Female Researchers at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague

Book Details

  • Published: 15 April 2016
  • ISBN: 978-80-7080-933-4
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
  • Publisher: UCT Prague, Publishing Department in cooperation with the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of CR
  • Author: Hana Víznerová, Blanka Nyklová
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A publication dedicated to several important female pedagogues and researchers from the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague ("UCT Prague") in the Czech Republic, was published in February 2016. The authors of the book are Hana Viznerova and Blanka Nyklova from the National Contact Centre – Gender and Science of the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

The publication offers twenty interviews with women from all four faculties of UTC Prague. Readers of the book can learn about their motivation to study chemistry and other related disciplines and the reasons why they decided to continue in their career trajectories as a researcher and an academic at UCT. The interviewed women speak about the important moments and decisions in their live, from their student years until the present time. They also explain why they are prepared to overcome various barriers in their professional and personal lives. The senior women speak about opportunities as well as obstacles that resulted from the political arrangement in the former Czechoslovakia, while the younger scientists point to current opportunities to study and carry out research at prestigious universities and research institutes abroad.


The book bears witness to the transformation of social perception and participation of the women in the academic and research life at a technical university in the Czech Republic from the middle of the last century to the present. The interviews show how diverse the professional and life experiences of these women are. These stories can be an inspiration for secondary school students, bachelor, and master students. Finally, they give a picture of the current situation of the academic environment to public authorities in order to encourage them to improve working conditions of women in science, research, and education.

The publication is one of the outputs resulting from collaboration between a research team of the National Contact Centre – Gender and Science and a team at UTC Prague. Both teams are partners of the international consortium carrying out a project called TRIGGER, "Transforming Institutions by Gendering Contents and Gaining Equality in Research", and funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. The main areas of gender inequality on which the project is focused are: working environment, women's leadership at different levels and gendering content and methods of scientific research.


The book was published as a part of the "Notability in Czech Science" series by UCT Prague's Publishing Department in cooperation with the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of CR. The book is available in hard copy at the Department for Science and Research of UCT Prague and at NCC – Gender and Science. The electronic version can be downloaded from the web site http://gro.vscht.cz/ or http://www.genderaveda.cz/. The book is only available in Czech.


MSc. Anna Mittnerova,
Head of the TRIGGER project team at UCT Prague


http://gro.vscht.cz/

 

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