Gender Equality

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The Max Planck Society is committed to fostering gender equality and to preventing discrimination. The Society supports the employment of equal numbers of both sexes, the provision of equal opportunities and the compatibility of family and career. Our institute has taken a variety of measures to attract talented young scientists and to provide attractive framework conditions. In line with the commitment of the Max Planck Society to increase the proportion of women in management positions, we focus especially on the promotion of talented female scientists.

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The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology is determined to support all employees regardless of gender, nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural origin and sexual identity and prevent discrimination. The diversity experienced in our institute is fundamental to achieve excellence in research.

Dr.  Valentina Piano

Dr. Valentina Piano

Equal Opportunities Officer

The Gender Equality Office with the support of the institute management, has developed a goal-based strategy to achieve a gender balanced representation across all categories of employees, especially in the leading academic positions. 

The Gender Equality Plan aims to implement short- and long-term measures to balance the gender representation of the Institute, particularly among the scientific staff. Our primary concern is to offer all employees a working environment with attractive framework conditions in order to support them in all matters relating to the compatibility of work and family. Thus, at the institute level, we aim to create conditions that make it possible to develop professional perspectives and pursue career paths in science without gender-specific barriers. In the coming years, our special focus will be on the promotion of talented female scientists and we are working to achieve a significant increase in the proportion of women in leadership positions. As an example, it is our firm intention to appoint a female scientist to Director position in the upcoming years.

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