Kirsten Endres
Kirsten Endres
Gender Equality Officer
Phone:+49 345 2927212
Berit Westwood
Deputy Gender Equality Officer
Phone:+49 345 2927203

Contact MPG

Dr Ulla Weber
Dr Ulla Weber
Central Gender Equality Officer
Phone:+49 89 2108-1421

Compatibility of research and family

Compatibility of research and family


The Institute offers active support in the search for kindergarten and school places and advises employees in regard to childcare and support facilities.

The Institute offers places for childcare in collaboration with external childcare facilities in Halle/Saale.

Since July 2017 the Max Planck Society started a new pilot project themed "Successful research at the Max Planck – also with a Baby". This new subsidy will be helping young scientists finance childcare for children aged between three and twelve months. Eligible are doctoral students and Postdocs contracted with the institute.

Additionally there is a possibility for reimbursement of costs for childcare or fostering during business trips.


Institute members have access to the following consultation and placement offerings of the pmefamilienservice pmefamilienservice free of charge:

  • Arrangement of short- or long-term childcare (daycare personnel and childcare facilities)
  • Placement with an at-home child care provider (babysitter, au pair, granny nanny)
  • Emergency care at home / emergency hotline to find back-up facilities
  • Holiday care options
  • Childcare during conferences
  • Consultation and arrangement of eldercare (advice on care options and financing; placement with caregivers and eldercare facilities)
  • Support in developing a suitable care plan
  • Individualised online information services for Max Planck Society members
  • Events and programmes throughout Germany
  • Online portal for finding institutionalised childcare options in Germany for children ages 0 to 6 (crèche, kindergarten).

Dual Career Network Central Germany

The Institute is an active partner in the Dual Career Network Central Germany, an alliance of 30 non-university research institutions, universities and other institutes of higher education, educational establishments, and companies in central Germany. The initiative addresses highly qualified scientific employees – as well as their spouses and families – at the participating institutions who must deal with the challenges of high geographic mobility. A particular concern is the integration of partners in the local job market. Furthermore, researchers and their families must have access to support in private matters (housing, dealing with government offices, childcare, school, language courses, culture, and social life) in order to promote integration.

By organising regular events, the network partners create opportunities for a lively exchange of experiences and ideas that greatly benefit their “Dual Career Couples”.

◤◢ Dual Career Netzwerk Mitteldeutschland

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