Mentoring and Career Development

Mentoring and Career Development

We open doors to career success for female scientists - getting started by networking in teams

Minerva FemmeNet

Minerva-FemmeNet is a network for female scientists in the Max Planck Society. Its aim is to pass on the expert knowledge of experienced female scientists – including former institute members – by mentoring junior female scientists. Approximately 270 mentors from research and industry make themselves available on a voluntary basis; most of them have already gained professional experience and are adept at balancing family life with a career. They support and advise mentees on all issues regarding career planning and their future career path. The network's mentors are not only based in Germany but in England, France, Spain, the USA and Japan. You share in the experiences of the mentor, gain concrete ideas about the working world and get feedback on your self-appraisal. You also establish contacts and gain access to your mentor's networks.

SignUp! Careerbuilding

The Max Planck Society offers selected female scientists (postdocs) the opportunity to participate in the seminar program "Sign up! Career Building". The aim of the program is to prepare female postdocs for managerial roles in science by training their managerial skills and imparting knowledge and to support them through an explicitly career-oriented network. They are to be promoted and motivated in the orientation phase of their scientific careers and to be supported in planning their individual careers. Action plans for climbing the professional ladder are to be identified to prepare them for managerial positions in science and research.


Within the Elisabeth-Schiemann-Kolleg scientific members of the Max Planck Society foster the careers of excellent female scientists after their postdoc phase, helping them to succeed on their way to a possible appointment as a University Chair or a director at a Max Planck Institute. The Kolleg offers a platform for transdisciplinary scientific exchange. The support of the Elisabeth-Schiemann-Kolleg is of ideally means. The ideal Elisabeth Schiemann Fellow has excelled in research after her PhD as a postdoc in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science or a technical discipline. She is about to start supervising PhD students independently as a group leader, junior professor or while working towards her habilitation: Where and how she is employed does not matter.

Career Development at the Max Planck Society
Information on career development programs and other forms of support in the Max Planck Society can be found at the central homepage of the society.

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