The Max Planck Society wants to foster scientific careers of both female and male researchers. As female researchers are still underrepresented, we turn our attention on especially supporting them. The MPG offers for example:
This Career building program is aimed at promoting female post-doctoral researchers and academic staff in their career development and prepare them for leadership roles in the scientific community. The Institute Directorates can nominate female scientists at postdoctoral level for participation in program workshops. The program was developed jointly by the MPG and the EAF Berlin.
The Minerva-FemmeNet is a network for female scientists in the Max Planck Society which was set up in 2001. The idea behind this project is to use the experience of highly qualified female scientists - including former employees at Max Planck Institutes - to the benefit of young women scientists working at the institutes through a mentoring relationship.
Here, scientiﬁc members of the Max Planck Society foster the careers of excellent female scientists after their postdoc phase, helping them to succeed on their way to an appointment as a tenured professor or as a director of a research institution. Additionally, the Kolleg offers a platform for transdisciplinary scientiﬁc exchange. The support of the Elisabeth-Schiemann-Kolleg is of non-material nature; the fellows are not supported financially.
LeadNet is a network bringing together male and female senior scientists, research associates, project and group leaders of the Max Planck Society. It is predominantly a bottom-up initiative of all research leaders irrespective of their formal and funding status at their affiliate Max Planck Institute. LeadNet provides a forum for common scientific and organizational issues and promotes interactions among research groups within the Max Planck Society.
The Mentoring Program for female doctoral and postdoctoral researchers offers within a period of 12 months highly confidential one-to-one sessions with experienced female mentors from various scientific fields, networking events and several workshops. The MPSD is now partner of this program!
The Women's Career Day for doctoral candidates and postdocs is a yearly series of tailor-made workshops. You are invited to develop and strengthen key skills that will be very useful for your present and future professional career, be that within academia or in business and industry.