Women in science and research "on the rise" at CXI
11. 2. 2022
On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which will be marked on Friday 11 February, we have reason to rejoice. At the Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovations of TUL in Liberec, women make up 50% of the staff. The number of women directly in scientific and research positions is only slightly less, 42% in total. In the 10 years of its existence, the Institute's team grew by leaps and bounds in the first years, but over the last 7 years the situation has been stable and the composition of the team is balanced. Overall, there are approximately 200 employees working at CXI.
"The conditions for women in science at CXI TUL are really favourable - we have part-time jobs here, we also allow working from home. A number of benefits are designed specifically for parents with children. Employees can use the university nursery or babysit younger children in the children's corner. With flexible working hours, our employees can manage their own activities. We like to motivate women to do scientific work and support them on their way, perhaps by involving women on parental leave (not only) in their work," says Ing. Alena Kábová, HR Director of CXI TUL.
There are more and more women scientists
In the team of the Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovations of TUL (CXI for short), scientists work in natural sciences and engineering fields (biology, microbiology, chemistry, biotechnology, environmental protection, physical measurements) and often participate in interdisciplinary research.
"I am very pleased that our women scientists and researchers are doing well. Many of them are growing professionally and academically, achieving interesting projects and tackling important research tasks. We are successful as an institute because of our experts, both women and men. We work as a team, with passion, in a good atmosphere. We think differently, we have a unique culture and state-of-the-art equipment. This is essential for success. I believe that we will achieve further good results and grow in a positive trend even more," says Prof. Miroslav Černík, Director of CXI TUL.
The Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovations of TUL (CXI for short) is actively joining the International Day of Women and Girls in Science this year. On Friday, 11 February, at 10 a.m., a lecture on atomic energy by young scientist Adela Chalupova will take place.
Science: promised to women
In 2015, the United Nations designated 11 February as International Day of Women and Girls in Science to strengthen women's participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In Europe, women represent only about one third of all STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduates, according to the European Commission and its Women in Digital Scoreboard 2021 report. This gender gap also affects their scientific activities.
Women belong in science and research. Congratulations to all of our women scientists on their celebration!