Diversity & equal opportunities at the MPIPZ

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.

Parent-child room

The parent-child room is aimed at helping staff members of our institute to compensate for the short-term cancellation of other childcare options. In addition, it offers visiting guest scientists the opportunity to travel with their children. Please contact the of the MPIPZ for further information and booking possibilities.

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. MPIPZ Postdoctoral Office offers support to postdoc careers and together with the Postdoc Initiative at the MPIPZ (PIM) provide 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 2020

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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