At MCQST we believe in the strength of an open atmosphere and equal opportunity. Following the DFG research-oriented standards on gender equality we want to achieve a better working environment for everyone by implementing strong values, such as consistency, transparency, competitiveness, competence, and maintaining a forward-looking orientation.
The equal opportunity program of MCQST aims to open up academic life to a diverse group of people. Its goal is to unite individual life plans and a career in academia. This means that MCQST pursues equal opportunity in respect of gender, family, and diversity.
Any suggestions or inquiries are very welcome.
The Equal Opportunity Office & EO Managers
The Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) was established to centralize and organize diversity related activities. It is led by the Equal Opportunity Managers (EOM) Dr. Bañuls, Prof. Bloch, and Prof. Warzel. The presence of one of EOMs at the Executive Committee meetings is mandatory. Consequently, at least one Equal Opportunity Manager is involved in all decision-making processes, especially those regarding staff, recruiting, and allocation of resources as a member of the Executive Committee.
The Role of the Diversity Coordinator
The Diversity Coordinator’s position was created to help and support you in case of discrimination, in any way that you want and need. This means that you can also contact us, if you do not want to take action or follow up on discrimination, but need to talk to an outside person of trust in order to place situations and scenarios. Any form of contact will be handled confidentially and not passed on to third parties except if explicitly agreed on.
Please feel free to contact the MCQST Diversity Coordinator, Barbara Tautz with any issues related equal opportunity.
Establishing a culture of awareness
The Equal Opportunity Program also aims to establish a culture of awareness and speaking up in cases of discrimination. An integral part of the MCQST Equal Opportunity Program is raising awareness of unconscious bias and countering gender stereotypes in the field of quantum science and technology.
Creating an open and tolerant environment is the task and responsibility of every MCQST member and participant of MCQST events. We therefore offer:
- intercultural trainings for teams, group leaders, and PIs
- bystander trainings
- unconscious bias workshops for teams, group leaders, and PIs
- leadership and gender-awareness workshops for group leaders, and PIs
If you face any form of discrimination because of your gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion, you can contact us.
You can also contact the equal opportunity representative of your respective institution.
Please contact us if you witness any form of discrimination in your group or working environment.
Any female MCQST member can apply for individual coaching or trainings such as self-presentation, rhetorical training, work-life balance, preparation for job-interviews, career-building workshops.
MCQST strives to create a family friendly framework in order to enable academic careers. Be it your children or parents, we can support you by e.g.:
- flexible and family-friendly working hours
- financing equipment for home office
- childcare during conferences or MCQST events
We also cooperate with the family services offered by LMU, MPQ, and TUM. They organise childcare solutions, like backup daycare and holiday programs for kids during the summer holidays. Every child and parent is different and we are happy to help you in finding the right solution for your family.
We are currently setting up a Mentoring Program for female MCQST members. More information will follow soon. If you are interested in the Mentoring Program you can register by contacting us and we will keep you up-to-date.
Test your bias
If you are interested or doubtful about these concepts explore the online tests offered and organized by the Implicit Project, a cooperation of leading US Universities (Harvard University, University of Virginia and University of Washington):
If you cannot think of any scenarios where unconscious bias might influence academic life, check out the WorkLife Law’s Gender Bias Learning Project by UC Hastings College of Law:
The project also suggests strategies to deal with unconscious bias in the field of gender. The named websites are suggestions and do not claim to give a full picture of discrimination or unconscious bias.
Accessibility and barrier-free environment
Please let us know if you are facing any problems with accessibility or attendance of MCQST Events due to disability. We are grateful for any recommendations.