One of the target areas of the ZRC SAZU's (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) Gender Equality Plan focuses on practices of promotion of female researchers' results and achievements. The analysis of existing promotion practices at ZRC SAZU conducted in the GEP preparatory phase revealed that senior male researchers' results are promoted more frequently than those by female researchers. The disparity is particularly visible when it comes to awards. The analysis of awarding honoring practices, focusing on the past 20 years, was based on the data on winners and nominees for ZRC SAZU awards: the Golden Sign, the Silver Sign, the Researcher of Merit and the Member of Honor. Currently, more female researchers than male researchers are employed at ZRC SAZU, but the data show that the majority of the awards was received by male researchers, who take the lead in all categories. In the investigated period, not a single woman becan a ZRC SAZU Member of Honor. The Member of Honor award is given to top researchers who make an important contribution to the establishment of the ZRC SAZU at home and abroad.
This trend, however, was reversed in 2020, when the ZRC SAZU Member of Honor sign was awarded to Dr. Heidemarie Uhl, a senior researcher at the Institute of Culture Studies and Theater History at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and a lecturer at the universities of Vienna and Graz. In her research, Dr. Uhl focuses on constructions of identity in the 19th and 20th century Central Europe, on National Socialism and the Holocaust in Austria, and on selected eposodes of 19th and 20th century European cultural history.