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Equal opportunity and family affairs

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and handicapped individuals are explicitly encouraged.

Here you can access the Max Planck Society Mentoring Program.

Several day-care centers in Jena offer bilingual child care, including the kita-Beutenberg that is primarily available to employees of the Beutenberg Campus institutions.

More information on family affairs in Jena can be found here (in German).

Equal Opportunity Committee at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Eliane Gomes-Alves
Phone: +49 3641 6189
Email: egomes[at]

Katrin Fleischer
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6283
Email: kfleischer[at]

Sinikka Paulus
Phone: +49 3641 576232
Email: spaulus[at]

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Equal Opportunity Officer of the Max Planck Society
Dr. Ulla Weber
Phone: +49 (0)89 2108-1421
Homepage of the Central Gender Equality Officer


August 2019: Our institute has a new family affairs officer! Katharina Witt has kindly offered to fill this position starting immediately. For questions related to the compatibility of work and family life (e.g. childcare), please contact her via kwitt[at]


BGC seminar: Unconscious bias & effective communication in a diverse work place
Thursday 5 September 2019, 14:00 - 15:30 h
MPI-BGC, Lecture Hall
This bilingual (German/English) event will be led by experienced intercultural communication experts.

i,Scientist conference 2019
20 and 21 September 2019
TU Berlin
Workshops and inspiring talks by female and queer scientists, targeted at PhDs and early career researchers.
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HerCareer fair 2019
10 and 11 October 2019 in Munich
Free entrance and travel tickets are available to attend one of Germany's largest career fairs for women.
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Womens Movement Symposium
16 October 2019, Harnack House, Berlin
50 years later - 50 years further? Battles and achievements of the women's movement after 1968. A summary. The event will be in German language.
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