Equal opportunities in the MPG

The Max Planck Society offers a cluster of measures to promote equal opportunities. For more detailed information, please click here to get to the MPGs website.

New brochure on equal opportunities within the MPG (in German). English version will follow soon.

Wissenschaftskarriere bei Max Planck

New brochure on equal opportunities within the MPG (in German). English version will follow soon.
In March 2010, the Max Planck Society signed the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt), a corporate initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. Organisations are to create a working environment free of prejudice.

Diversity Charter

In March 2010, the Max Planck Society signed the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt), a corporate initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. Organisations are to create a working environment free of prejudice.

Work-life-balance in the MPG

From July 2017, the MPG will be helping young scientists finance childcare for children aged between three and twelve months.

Research - also with a baby

From July 2017, the MPG will be helping young scientists finance childcare for children aged between three and twelve months.
Employees of the MPG can use the pme family service free of charge to arrange suitable care for children and elderly family members.

pme family service

Employees of the MPG can use the pme family service free of charge to arrange suitable care for children and elderly family members.
The MPG offers extensive support to help achieving a healthy work-life-balance. Since 2006, the MPG is granted the non-profit-making "work and family" certificate which acknowledges its family-oriented personnel policy.

"Work and family" certificate

The MPG offers extensive support to help achieving a healthy work-life-balance. Since 2006, the MPG is granted the non-profit-making "work and family" certificate which acknowledges its family-oriented personnel policy.

Equal Opportunities

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Diversity & equal opportunities at the MPIPZ

Our Institute relies on the diversity of scientific expertise, creativity and passion to perform outstanding research in an international environment at the highest scientific level. The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research is committed to providing an inclusive, non-discriminatory, internationally diverse and family-friendly environment for its employees to pursue their careers irrespective of gender, nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural background and sexual orientation.

Our measures to promote equal opportunities at our Institute focus on the reconciliation of work and family, on career development of young researchers and on preventing gender-related discrimination.

Balancing work and family

Subsidized childcare for MPIPZ employees is offered by the Little Pumpkins childcare facility situated in a bungalow fit for this purpose adjacent to the campus. Care for nine children is provided by two staff members ("day mothers") under supervision of the Youth Care Department of the City of Cologne. In addition, the Institute operates a family-friendly policy regarding working hours and meeting schedules.

Career development for PhD students and post-docs

Together with the University of Cologne and the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, our Institute offers a structured doctoral training in English, the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS), providing excellent educational and research possibilities. Organized by postdocs for postdocs, the Postdoc Initiative at the MPIPZ (PIM) provides activities that are specifically geared to the professional advancement of postdocs.

Gender equality and gender sensibility

At the MPIPZ, the gender equality officer and her deputy are the contact persons for all questions regarding gender equality and gender sensibility. They are involved in measures which affect the equal opportunities of women and men, the compatibility of work and family and the protection against sexual harassment at the workplace.

Girls' Day 2018

Our Institute participates in this large campaign in which a wide range of professions and activities is presented to girls of 10 years upwards. For more information, please click here.

 
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