Mentoring and Career Development

One of the pillars of a knowledge society is the best possible training of young academics. This is why the Max Planck Institute for Informatics offers intensive support for young academics and the possibility of successful individual career paths.

The Max Planck Institute for Informatics promotes and supports talented female scientists, especially during the phase of family and career planning.

Support for Postdocs and Junior Research Group Leaders

  • Career Steps Opportunities for Postdocs
    Career Development Offerings


    Career Steps Opportunities is a service offered through the Max Planck Society to provide scientists with comprehensive information about our offerings in the areas of career development and the balance of work and family. Lectures by experts from the business community, industry, personnel management, and science point out possible career paths and actively support young scientists in their career planning. Workshops are also available on topics such as work-life balance, dual career planning, strategic career planning, gender awareness, and self-management and –marketing.

    Further information: Career Steps Opportunities - Road Show

  • Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers
    Exchange Between Alumni and Young Scientists


    The aim of the Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers is to provide a platform for the exchange between young scientists and experienced alumni. Alumni are important contact persons in other organizations and businesses. They are recruiters and possible sponsors and possess a pool of competencies and experience that the Max Planck Society can make available to its institutes and thus also to its young scientists.

    Further information: Max Planck Alumni Association (MPAA)

  • LeadNet
    The Network for Research Group Leaders in the Max Planck Society


    In addition to the extensive training program for group leaders, the network "LeadNet" has taken root as a forum for regular exchange and coordination. At annual meetings, research group leaders and other researchers in leading positions have the opportunity to share scientific and technological knowledge as well as discuss their experiences regarding career planning and administrative questions. The Network LeadNet is an important exchange platform, especially for junior group leaders.

    Further information: LeadNet

Support for Female Scientists

  • Lise Meitner Award Fellowship
    Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship for Excellent Women in Computer Science


    Every second year, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics confers the Lise Meitner Award Fellowship on an excellent female computer scientist in the postdoc phase. The fellowship gives these women the opportunity to develop their scientific ideas independently and without hindrance.

    Further information: Lise Meitner Award Fellowship

  • Sign up!
    Career Development and Support for Female Postdoctoral Researchers


    The Max Planck Society, together with the organization EAF Berlin, has developed a one-year qualification and networking program for young scientists, Sign up! The training program Sign up! prepares female postdocs for leadership roles in modern science through leadership competency training and the conveyance of knowledge. It also strengthens these young women through an explicitly career-oriented network. Training sessions, workshops, and meetings with experts and successful scientists equips the program participants for the competition in the European and international research landscape.

  • Minerva FemmeNet
    Positive Role Models – At Home and Abroad


    Minerva-FemmeNet is a network for female scientists at all research institutes and levels in the hierarchy of the Max Planck Society. Its aim is to pass on the expert knowledge of experienced female scientists – including former institute members – by having them mentor young female scientists.

    Further information: Minerva-FemmeNet

  • Elisabeth Schiemann-Kolleg
    Mentoring Network for Women in the Natural Sciences


    The Schiemann-Kolleg helps female scientists successfully establish themselves in science at the end of the postdoctoral phase, or as a group leader or junior professor on the path to professorship. The main program components are mentoring, networking, scientific exchange, and regular plenary meetings. Mentoring is achieved through one-on-one mentoring and/or group mentoring.

    Further information: Elisabeth Schiemann Kolleg

  • Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation
    Fellowship for Young Female Researchers with Children


    The Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation, started by the Nobel laureate and Max Planck Director in 2004, supports talented young female scientists with children, giving them the freedom and mobility required in order to tackle an academic career. The foundation aims to help prevent science research from losing these outstanding talents. The foundation targets doctoral students in the experimental natural sciences or in the field of medicine and provides financial support for household help and additional childcare.

    Further information: Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation

  • AcadamiaNet
    Expert Database of Outstanding Female Academics


    The "AcademiaNet" database contains the profiles of more than 2,000 excellent female scientists from all academic disciplines all over Europe, making women visible to the general public, to science, and to the media. It can be used by research institutes and bodies, journalists, conference organizers, and for networking among women scientists. The Max Planck Society is a cooperation partner and regularly nominates excellent female scientists to be added to the database.

    Further information: AcademiaNet