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Equal Opportunities

The Max Planck Society (MPS) is dedicated to putting into action the Equal Opportunities commandment, which is described in the German Federal Law. In order to do so, the Society has set internal goals to foster gender equality, achieve a balanced employment of women and men, and provide support to promote the careers of women and caregivers.

The Equal Opportunities Commissioners at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology help with the implementation of the above mentioned goals and are also the contact person for all questions regarding gender equality and gender sensibility. They contribute to all personnel, organisational and social measures that concern gender equality of women and men, compatibility of family and work and protection against sexual harrassment and mobbing at the workplace.

The MPS is committed to a permanent implementation of a family-conscious personnel policy and grants financial subsidies for childcare during external conferences and business trips (see https://www.mpg.de/family-and-career). Detailed information and links to an application form for the reimbursement of additional childcare costs for business travel can be found here: https://www.mps.mpg.de/equal-opportunities/childcare-travel. Your departmental secretaries can help you with the application. In addition, you can find more information on the compatibility of family and career in this leaflet.

The Equal Opportunities Commissioners are women who are elected every four years by the female employees of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

More information on the organizational structures of gender equality within the MPS can be found here: https://www.mpg.de/central-gender-equality-officer

Equality plan

EQUALITY PLAN with an emphasis on gender equality 2020-2022 [PDF]

Equal Opportunities Commissioner

Katharina Haberl
phone: +49 341 3550-417
e-mail: equal_opportunity_commissioner@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Friederike Hillemann
phone: +49 341 3550 775
e-mail: friederike_hillemann@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de


Let‘s talk about...! — our event series where we exchange ideas and talk to competent experts 
Organized by the team around the Equal Opportunities Officers, these events are intended to address issues of career advancement, compatibility of family and career, and the elimination of stereotypes. 

Dates to be announced:

  • Let's talk about bias!

If you have suggestions for topics, please email wilma_weigelt@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de.

Past events: 

  • International Womans Day
  • Let‘s talk about Picture a Scientist!
  • Let‘ talk about mentorship!
  • Let's talk about voice, presentation & performance!