Women in Science

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.

New call for proposals! Deadline: September 30, 2020 more


Max Planck Research Groups offer early career researchers who hold a doctoral degree an excellent opportunity to qualify for a further career at a high level. Leaders of these groups are appointed by the President of the Max Planck Society and – similar to directors at Max Planck Institutes – enjoy an independent status within the Institute.

At the Max Planck Society, there are three ways of obtaining a group leadership position: research groups, so-called “Max Planck Research Groups” and the Lise Meitner Excellence Programme for particularly outstanding female scientists. more
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. more
The Mentoring Program “dynaMENT” is designed for women* in natural sciences, planning to pursue a career in science. It offers confidential one-to-one sessions with an experienced mentor over a period of 12 (doctorate) and 24 (advanced) months and supports the researchers to plan their individual career in science. In addition, the program offers trainings and career events in English and helps to build a career network in science. The call for applications for the next round of dynaMENT Mentoring for Women* in Natural Sciences is now open.

The  program is divided in  two different types of mentoring:  
a) dynaMENT doctorate for female* doctoral researchers and
b) dynaMENT advanced for female* postdoctoral researchers, junior professors and (junior) group leaders

Application deadline for dynaMENT doctorate and dynaMENT advanced  is 02 July 2021.

*Incl. all gender minorities (e.g. transgenders, transsexuals, intersexuals) who feel addressed through dynaMENT Mentoring for Women in Natural Sciences. more
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. more
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. more
Several offers of the Max Planck Society for both female and male junior researchers can be found here. more

The MPSD is part of the CFEL, situated on the research campus Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. Here, you can participate for example in the …

Especially for PhD students affiliated to the University of Hamburg, a lot of workshops and events are available. Furthermore, you can ask for an individual consulting service there! more
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