Julie Dobrovolná is one of the faces of the #EUwomen4future campaign

14 Sep 2020

Julie Dobrovolná, the head of the Molecular Metabolism and Chronic Diseases research group and profesor of patophysiology at RECETOX, Faculty of Science at Masaryk University, is one of the faces of the European #EUwomen4future campaign. The campaign is supported and by Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. #EUwomen4future aims to showcase the role and achievements of women in science, education, culture and sport and motivate girls and young women in their future carees by providing positive examples.

Main aims of the #EUwomen4future campaign are namely to celebrate women across the EU involved in the above-mentioned fields, showcase EU commitment to gender equality, highlight successful professionals to encourage young girls to study STEM subjects and to build networks to help other women and act as role models.

“Be brave and just. As it requires courage and integrity to be a main character in both professional and personal life.” This is the motto, which has prof. Dobrovolná chosen for this campaign. “Being awarded in this campaign makes me very happy. In addition to the science itself, I do a lot of popularization and science communication, and the # EUwomen4future campaign is a very good example of popularizing the science itself. I believe that my example may help to motivate other pupils, students and young scientists in their work. I would like science to be an attractive career choice for girls.”

At RECETOX, Julie Dobrovolná deals mainly with the pathophysiogy of stress and environmental medicine. Her expertise lies mainly in the assessment of environmental factors influencing human health outcomes, with special emphasis on the course of the stress responses under various environmental conditions and the contribution of the stress responses to various diseases. She also develops new methods of stress measurements, which is also the area of her active cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Julie Dobrovolná is the recipient of numerous awards including e.g. the Masaryk University Rector’s Award for Young Scientists, or the Woman of the Region award from 2016. She has also won both the Prix de Pharmacie and Prix de Medecine national competitions held under the auspices of the French Embassy of the Czech Republic.

In addition to her research activities is prof. Dobrovolná passionate popularizer of science. Giving an example, she joined the Science Slam content in 2019. Her current projects include reconceptualization of existing theories of stress, development of new methodologies designed to objectively measure levels of consciousness, or studying the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on work-related stress.

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