Eiichiro Komatsu (Managing Director):
Gender Equality is of utmost importance at MPA. We strive to maintain a proper balance in gender. Theoretical astrophysics has been, and still is, dominated by male scientists. The fraction of female scientists in all scientific members of the MPA is about 20%. We are working hard to improve upon this number significantly.
General Info: the Agreement of Implementation for Equality and the overall works agreement of the Max Planck Society and the General Works Council (April 2008). This agreement states that the Max Planck Society set itself the goal to take into account the diversity of men and women when making decisions and to prevent discrimination. The Max Planck Society made internal target agreements in order to promote equal opportunities in line with the promotion of women.
For many years, the institute takes part in the annual "Girls' Day", where girls have the possibility to learn more about a possible career in science and technology. The next Girls' Day will take place on 27 April 2017.
There are different programs that support especially female scientists at different stages of their career. For more information on the particular groups or stipends, please refer to the websites for PhDs and Postdocs.