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11/05/2022 - "European University Alliances and the future of universities – How to foster civic engagement?"

REPLAY (in two parts)

In the frame of the French Presidency of the council of the European Union, the MSMT, the DZS and the French Embassy in the Czech Republic organized an event bringing together universities, local and national authorities and representatives of civil society to discuss these questions with a particular focus on the role of European university alliances, « a source of inspiration for the wider higher education community » (Proposal for a Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation, 2022).  

How can EUA help design reproductible approaches to tackle this challenge? What has already been done? More generally, how does the frame offered by the European Union can contribute to changing our overall approach to this central issue?


In its recent communication on a European strategy for universities (January 18th, 2022), the European Commission highlights its will to support all higher education institutions in Europe, to provide them with the necessary tools to adapt to a changing environment, to thrive and contribute to the resilience and recovery of Europe. As such, universities should become « lighthouses of our European way of life » and « actors of change in the twin green and digital transitions ».

As recognized knowledge powerhouses, universities are now expected to actively connect with local communities and societies at large to contribute to answering social challenges, in particular in connection to the SDGs. This requires that universities transform the way they educate students by promoting project-based learning and encouraging local engagement as well as the way they do research: how do we empower learners to address complex societal and promote sustainability in our communities and beyond? How do we build a transformative research agenda that takes into account our surrounding ecosystems?


Welcome words by Alexis Dutertre, Ambassador of France to the Czech Republic ; Prof. MUDr. Milena Králíčková, Rector of Charles University ; Jaroslav Miller, Deputy minister, MŠMT ; Michal Uhl, Director, DZS

Keynote speech on social engagement in the academic community Michaela Šojdrová, Member of the European Parliament

First panel discussion: How to systematically embed civic engagement in training
Speakers include: Palacky University, Sorbonne Université, Student Chamber of Higher Education Council, ČVUT

Second panel discussion: Research and innovation with and for society.
Speakers include: Center for knowledge and technology transfer - Charles University, Technology Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences, IKEA

Moderator: Aleš Vlk, former adviser to the Minister of Education of the Czech Republic and co-founder of the online magazine on science and research Vědavyzkúm. 

14/03/2022 - Women in Science : the gender variable

 

In the framework of the 2022 cycle of events « FEM2:2 Das Jahr de l'égalité », the Goethe-Institut and the Institut français in Prague organised a panel discussion on gender equality in science, with a special focus on the field of STEM, in partnership with Charles University and its Kampus Hybernská.

Why do we need gender balance in every area of science? What misconceptions and difficulties are women and girls facing?  In science systems and institutions, how do we move from mere gender awareness to effective and transformative actions? What are the key levers to trigger the necessary changes? The panel discussion focused on sharing experiences between three speakers coming from different professional and cultural backgrounds and promote best practices from the field as triggers for real-life changes.

Welcome words by Prof. MUDr. Milena Králíčková, Rector of Charles University 
 
Panelists :

  • Colette Guillopé is a French mathematician, Professor at Université Paris-Est-Créteil-Val-de-Marne (UPEC, France). She is the former president of the associations « Femmes & mathématiques » (1996-1998) and « Femmes & Sciences » (2004-2008).
  • Viktoria Niebel is a social scientist and local science manager in the EU-funded project RESET - Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together at the Equality Office of the Ruhr University Bochum. Between 2017 and 2021 she was Equal Opportunities Officer for scientific employees.
  • Tereza Petrusková, is an Assistant Professor at the Charles University, Faculty of Science, Department of Ecology. She is behavioural ecologist, focusing her research on songbird vocalisation and bird territorial behaviour. At the moment, she serves as the European secretary of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

Moderator: Aleš Vlk, former adviser to the Minister of Education of the Czech Republic and co-founder of the online magazine on science and research Vědavyzkúm.


The panel discussion was followed by the screening of the French documentary "La science a mauvais genre" ("Misgendering science" - in French with English subtitles). 

64 min – Directed by Laure Delalex – Authors Thomas Levy and Laure Delalex – Production J2F Production and APC Productions, with the participation of France Télévisions

« Today, women represent only a third of jobs in science, and sometimes less than 15% in sectors such as mathematics or digital technology. Why and how did we get here? How to change mentalities and change the situation? This film explores these questions through the portraits of four women scientists: Solène, a mechanical engineer at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique; Mathilde, researcher in biology near the Arctic Circle; Agathe, computer developer, and Zoé, student at the Ecole polytechnique. »

Here for more information about the documentary


Press review

To go further in the reflexion, discover here the press article written by Karolina Poliaková about this panel discussion (article in czech). The article was published both on the science oriented website Vedavyzkum.cz and as part of Forum, the online magazine of the Charles University in Prague. 

03/12/2021 - Czech-French Cooperation in Science: success stories and opportunities

Presentation slides of all speakers (in english) available for download here

That online event, organized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, the French Embassy in the Czech Republic and the Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, took place on 2 December 2021. Twenty years of cooperation and experience within the bilateral Barrande Mobility Programme and during previous framework programmes were evaluated. Possibilities of future cooperation in the Horizon Europe programme were presented as well.

01/07/2021 - Does the force from the Dark side of the Universe exist ?

REPLAY of the conference (in english) available here or directly below

Does the force from the Dark side of the Universe exist?

Our Universe is mainly composed of Dark Energy and Dark Matter. Up to now, none of the existing experiments has allowed to identify the composition of these Dark Sectors of the Universe. Several experiments around the world are looking for a new particle, named boson, which will do the link with the Dark side of the Universe and act thus as the messenger of a new force of the Universe.

Dr Beyhan BASTIN is a researcher at CNRS (France) in astrophysics. She came to Prague along with other French and European colleagues to conduct experiments with her Czech colleagues from the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in the frame of the New JEDI project.

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