Freedom of research is an important principle in our institute and in the entire Max Planck Society. In particular, this means that colleagues with very diverse backgrounds and experiences are welcome, irrespective of gender, nationality, religion, disability and cultural origin. We promote and support the young generation of scientists because generational diversity constitutes the basis for successful research. Our objective is an institute culture in which everyone can develop his or her individual potential. Our equal opportunities policy places emphasis on the compatibility of family and research, in particular on the support of women scientists in the phase in their lives when they are starting families and launching their careers.