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.
Code of Conduct for the Max Planck Society
The Max Planck Society encourages the maxim of a non-discriminatory culture, in which the variety and diversity of employees are seen as an opportunity and in which all are met with equal respect and shown the same esteem. Neither ethnic origin, descent nor other categories of origin nor sex, gender nor sexual orientation, religion nor world-view, disability nor age may lead to personal or professional disadvantages and influence the opportunities of an individual to access to the organization or to promotion and qualification within the organization.
As a successful research organization and employer of many thousands of employees, the protection of its employees against all forms of discrimination is a concern of great importance to the Max Planck Society. It is therefore committed to providing prevention, information and assistance and consistently opposes any form of behaviour that violates the dignity of its employees.
The code of conduct can be found here (MPA internal).
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.