Eiichiro Komatsu (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 30%. We are working hard to improve upon this number significantly.

Gender Equality

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.

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).

Girls' Day

Girls' Day

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.

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