Equal opportunity

The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics vies for exceptional scientific talent, creativity and passion. Irrespective of gender, nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural background and sexual identity, we promote and support young academics. In providing equal chances for all, we put an emphasis on the reconciliation of work and family life, and especially support female academics in their early careers. 

Focus on equal opportunity in the Max Planck Society

Contact at the institute:

Martina Wülfert (Equal opportunities officer)
+49 69 8300479-101

"Work and Familiy" Certificate

The Max Planck Society is the only German scientific organisation that qualifies for the non-profit-making PLC "work and family" certificate, which acknowledges its family-oriented personnel policy.



Dual Career Netzwork Rhein-Main


Parent-child room

The MPIEA places a parents’ room at the disposal of its employees. The room can be used by parents if childcare is arrangements had to be changed at short notice.

The room is equipped with:

  • fully-equipped desk
  • a nursing chair
  • a changing table
  • two cots and toys

It can be used during the usual regular working hours of the MPIEA

Career building program "Sign Up!"

The Max-Planck-Society has long been committed to promote young female researchers and bring more women into leadership positions. Our active commitment is already showing success. Within our framework, the "Sign Up" program focuses on the pivotal target group of female post docs. The pilot program developed jointly by the MPG and the EAF Berlin was completed with great success in 2010.



Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation

The Foundation for the promotion of science and research, initiated in 2004, supports talented young women with children. It aims to enable them to create the freedom and mobility required to further their scientific careers. The Foundation wishes to help prevent science from loosing excellent talent. It is aimed specifically at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the fields of experimental natural sciences and medicine.


Diversity Charta

The initiative aims to promote the recognition, appreciation and integration of diversity into Germany’s business culture. Organisations are to create a working environment free of prejudice. All employees should be valued – regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.


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pme Familienservice

The Max-Planck Society cooperates with the Familienservice-Unternehmen pme. pme’s services range from the arrangement of individual care solutions for children and dependants in need of care to crisis consulting and the provision of places at over 60 childcare and educational establishments.

An important new addition is the extension of pme family service’s offers to children of school age. The service portfolio now includes the arrangement of childminders at home or emergency childcare in back-up facilities. The actual childcare measure is paid for by the parents. The costs for consultation and placement will be covered by the Max-Planck Society.


Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft hat für ihren weiblichen wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs - von der Diplomandin bis zur hoch qualifizierten Wissenschaftlerin - ein Mentoringprogramm etabliert, das für jeden Qualifizierungsgrad Unterstützungsmöglichkeiten bietet: das Minerva-FemmeNet.

Flexible working hours

The MPIEA strives for an equal gender balance. We consider equal opportunities for all employees, irrespective of gender, nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural background, and sexual identity, to be a vital necessity. Furthermore, we promote and support flexible working hours in order to facilitate the reconciliation of work and family life.


Mentoring Hessen

The MentorinnenNetzwerk aims to support female students in natural science and engineering in planning their careers, and it has established a platform for women coming from these backgrounds. The goals range from strengthening women in their professional competencies to providing them with more visibility (role models) as well as to support female students and doctoral candidates in their transition between their studies, dissertation and professional work.

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