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Equal opportunities at the MDC

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) strives to achieve equal participation of women and men in the professional life at the MDC and to create working conditions that allow all employees to develop their skills, reach their full potential, achieve their personal and professional goals, and balance work and family-life.
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The MDC has established diverse measures to support this endeavor.

The Gender Equality Plan (2014-2020) formulates key principles, objectives, and measures to promote equal opportunities for women and men.

Since 2009 the MDC has been assigned the certificate “Audit Career and Family” by the Hertie Foundation. In this context the MDC offers a variety of practical solutions to better integrate work and family life, for example in the areas of work organization, working hours, child care and elder care.

The unit for talent management and staff development offers services, for instance for on-boarding (Welcome Office), and career development services and individual educational programs to develop professional skills for different groups through individually tailored solutions.

The MDC Mentoring program (established 2001) supports motivated postdocs to develop their professional skills, supports them to create a strong network of contacts within their field of research, and beyond. Experienced mentors share their knowledge and insights with the mentees and support them in their personal and professional development. MDC employees can participate in the Helmholtz mentoring program “Helmholtz Advance”, and are encouraged to attend other external mentoring programs.

The “Elena Timofeeff-Ressovsky” lecture series (“Notable women in Science”) increases the visibility of excellent female scientists.

Highly qualified female candidates for executive-level positions and professorships are actively recruited.

The Gender Equality Officer promotes equal opportunities at the MDC, participates in all personnel, social and organizational planning, decisions, and measures relevant to gender equality and advises female and male employees.