Equal Opportunities

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Diversity and Tolerance

The Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy carries out fundamental research at the highest level. Its pursuit of excellence requires highly qualified and motivated staff. This is why it is of core significance to us to provide a work environment in which everyone can develop their individual abilities – regardless of gender, nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural origin or sexual identity. Our employees come to us from all regions and cultures of the world. A condition for good cooperation to work is open communication without discrimination.

Equal Opportunities for Researchers

We attach great importance to providing equal opportunities to women and men and to promote the careers of our junior scholars. For this purpose, the Institute maintains a comprehensive network with national and international universities and research institutes.

The Max Planck Society (MPS) also offers targeted support programmes for its researchers:

  1. Female researchers from the Max Planck Institutes who have a doctoral degree are offered the opportunity to take part in the seminar program entitled Sign up! Careerbuilding. Its aim is to prepare young female researchers, by way of training programmes for the development of leadership skills and knowledge sharing, for leading positions in the academic world, as well as to support them via an explicitly career-oriented network.
  2. For female academics from all research areas and hierarchy levels, the Minerva FemmeNet mentoring program has been established. Its objective is the sharing of knowledge between competent female academics and female junior researchers in the form of mentoring partnerships. More than 300 mentors from Germany, England, France, Spain, the USA and Japan provide expertise on a voluntary basis and advise on issues regarding career planning and work-life balance.

The fact that the promotion of equal opportunities between women and men is taken very seriously at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy is also reflected in the figures: More than half (55%) of the academic staff are women. In the Department of Social Policy, six out of the ten available leading positions are held by women. Among the non-scientific staff, the ratio of women to men is even 3:1.

Reconciling Family and Work

In order to offer equal opportunities to our female and male staff, the Institute promotes the reconciliation of family and work, and thus specifically supports colleagues during their family planning stages and career starting phases. They are given the possibility, for instance, to arrange for flexible and family-friendly working hours. Important Institute meetings usually take place during the core working time. Our researchers also have the possibility to work from home. Furthermore, the MPS – since 2006 certified with “audit berufundfamilie“ – assists parents with finding childcare (see information on “Familienservice” in the right-hand column).

Equal Opportunities as a Research Topic at the Institute

Family and social policy measures are also focal topics of research at the Institute (see textbox in the right-hand column). The topics of professional equality and of reconciliation of family and work, for example, have been examined for many years. In this context, the task is to not only support mothers and fathers, but to provide helpful options to caregivers in general.