Although Slovakia is still not a country with much achievement in the field of gender equality policies and practices, UMB has been one of the most active universities in Slovakia in this area. Several members of the UMB “gender” team are in the university/ faculty management positions (Vice-Rector, Vice-Dean, Head of the Research Institute) which is a good precondition for implementing structural changes in the institution. UMB team consists of scholars involved in gender equality basic and applied research. They represent several faculties and are part of an informal university network on gender and science that was created during the GenPORT (FP7) project. The strength of the team expertise is its multidisciplinarity (anthropology, economics, education sciences, linguistics, sociology) and long-term experience with EU projects and initiatives. Involved departments:
- PhDr. Kamila K. Benova, PhD. is an assistant professor at the Department of Social Studies and Ethnology and gender expert (gender and science, gender and doctoral education, gender and career development). She participated in FP7 projects GENDERA and GenPORT. She has been an initiator of establishing the UMB informal gender and science group.
- Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Alexandra Bitusikova, PhD. is Vice-Rector for Research at Matej Bel University and associate professor in social anthropology at the Department of Social Studies and Ethnology, Faculty of Arts. She is national delegate and member of the Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation of the ERAC (until 30 June 2017 called the Helsinki Group). She is also national delegate in the Programme Committee for Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities – SC6 (H2020, before FP7). Since 2012 she is member of the Working Group on Gender Equality in Science at the Committee on Gender Equality at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic. She led the Slovak research team in several FP projects (see the project part). She was involved in the EU expert group on women and science WIRDEM, collaborated as an expert with the GenSET Project and PLOTINA Project. In 2002-2008 she worked in the European Commission and in the European University Association in Brussels as a senior adviser. She was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, UK; University College London, UK; and Boston University, U.S. (Fulbright). As a European correspondent she was Member of the Editorial Board of Women East-West, USA, and is currently member of the Editorial Board of Gender and Research (journal of the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences). She was also member of the International Scientific Committee of the EU of the Presidential Conference "Structural change promoting gender equality", in Vilnius, 2013 and the organiser of the SK EU Presidency Conference “Social Sciences and Humanities: A New Agenda for Europe´s Challenges" (Bratislava 2016).
- Ing. Kamila Borsekova, PhD. is the Coordinator of Research at Matej Bel University and Head of Research and Innovation Centre at Faculty of Economics. She has extensive national and international project experience. In most of these projects gender aspects are considered carefully. She has authored or co-authored more than 70 scientific articles, chapters and studies, including CC and indexed publications with IF. She has been active in the UMB informal gender and science group since its beginning.
- Roman Hofreiter PhD. is the Head of the Department of Social Studies. His main research fields are methodology of social sciences. He combines qualitative and quantitative data analysis by SPSS and Nvivo10. His research interests include gender aspects.
- Assoc. prof. Ivan Chorvat PhD. is a sociologist focusing on the sociology of family. He is project manager for Horizon 2020 project PROMISE, which generates empirical research through in-depth qualitative case studies of young people identified, and often stigmatized, in their particular cultural context, as problematic or conflict-prone. He was head of National research project (APVV) which was focused on changing gender roles in Slovak families. The research project was part of the ISSP research module.
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lenka Rovnanova, PhD. is Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Education and Associate Professor at the Department of Pedagogy. She is an active member of the university group on gender and science.
- Lujza Urbancova, PhD. is an assistant professor at the Department of Slovak Language and Literature, expert on sociolinguistics including gender and language field and an active member of the university group on gender and science.