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 the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology 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.
Office hours in Garching
Due to the current situation, we are temporarily suspending all face-to-face meetings.
Please feel free to contact the MCQST Diversity Coordinator, Barbara Tautz with any issues related to 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:
- Unconscious bias and active bystander trainings open to the MCQST community
- Diversity in Leadership Program for MCQST PhDs and PostDocs
- Workshops, talks, and individual consulting on diversity issues for MCQST senior researchers and PIs
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.
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.
We can offer:
- Individual trainings and coaching in areas such as mental health, dealing with boundary violations, or handling discriminating situations. These are mere examples as we will adapt the coaching to your specific situation and needs.
- Group workshops on the topic of discrimination, its consequences and how to tackle them - no matter whether you are a victim or a bystander.
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.
In order to endorse diversity, we have a number of support programs addressing certain diversity issues specifically.
Focus on Gender Equality
We currently organize the following programs focused on promoting gender equality within the MCQST community:
- MCQST Mentoring Program for women
- Distinguished Postdoc Fellowship
- Individual coachings
- Group workshops
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.
MCQST strives to create a family friendly framework in order to enable academic careers. Be it your children or parents, we can support with*:
- Flexible and family-friendly working hours
- Financial Support of Home Office Equipment
- Childcare Scholarship
- Childcare during MCQST events and KidsBox
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.
*Details regarding these measures will follow soon.
Working in research can be compared to doing competitive sports. As with any muscle that is exercised a lot, working with the mind can exhaust and strain it. Like professional athletes, scientists in academia should give their mind the time and resources to stay fit and healthy. The opposite is often the case.
Like a professional athlete you need to take care of your body and mind. MCQST wants to support you in this endeavor. You can find some suggestions for first steps as well as workshops on the topic on our Mental Health page.