In April 2018, the Institute's female staff elected Simone Degner as Equal Opportunities Officer of the MPIE. She is in regular contact with the executive board to promote a wide range of equal opportunity issues.
The focus lies on gender equality and gender awareness. Gender equality concerns, for example, the participation in application processes or the increase of flexibility for childcare/nursing tasks. Gender awareness focuses on structural changes and ideally leads to a more conscious handling of this topic.
In 2019, the Institute will define fields of action and implement measures. So far, the MPIE offers the following services concerning the reconcilation of “Work & Family”
- All employees have the opportunity to make use of a professional family service (children daycare, eldercare, seminars on time & stress management, resilience)
- The Institute has reserved daycare places for small children
- A parent-child office will soon be established (mid 2019)
The Equal Opportunities Officer of the Max Planck Society is Dr. Ulla Weber. Equal Opportunities in the Max Planck Society