Diversity in Leadership Program

MCQST Diversity in Leadership Program

The Diversity in Leadership Program (DiL) is specially designed for future leaders in Quantum Science and Technology. The program consists of a series of workshops and talks designed to evoke questions and help you develop a more equitable leadership style.

With a mixture of theory and practical advice, the program will give you the tools to create a healthy and welcoming environment for your team. The program covers topics including active bystander training, conflict management, leadership, mental health, and gender issues in the field of physics.

Trainings and courses

The program consists of the following workshops:

Half-Day Courses

  • Active Bystander Training: 25. Feb, 2022, 13:00-17:00
  • Unconscious Bias Training: 10. Mar, 2022, 13:00-17:00


Afternoon Workshops

  • Conflict Management: 8. Apr, 2022, 14:00-15:30
  • Perspectives in Leadership: 13. May, 2022, 14:00-17:00
  • Gender in Physics: Date TBD
  • Leadership and Mental Health: 22. July, 2022, 14:00-15:30


In order to complete the program, you must attend both of the mandatory courses as well as three out of four talks.

Specific content may be subject to change. Courses will be either in-person or online depending on the current situation. In-person meetings will provide lunch when possible.

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How to Apply:

To apply for the MCQST Diversity in Leadership Program, please send us the following documents:

  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation (1 page)
  • List of Publications

Please send your full application as a single PDF via email to support[at]mcqst.de

Applications for the 2022 program have now closed.


Please note: Participation is open to PhD students and postdocs affiliated with MCQST.

Acknowledgement and Certificate

Diversity in Leadership courses can be recognized as soft skill courses at IMPRS-QST.

If your institution or graduate school asks for soft skill courses as part of your PhD program and you would like to inquire whether Diversity in Leadership courses can be acknowledged as part of your program, let us know and we will get in touch with your institution.
Furthermore, every participant will gain a certificate after the completion of the program.

2021 DiL Program Courses:

Unconscious Bias Workshop

Learn how to recognize and address unconscious bias. This workshop is part of the MCQST Diversity in Leadership Program and open only to the 2021 cohort.

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Active Bystander Training Workshop

This workshop is part of the MCQST Diversity in Leadership Program and open only to its 2020 & 2021 cohorts.

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Conflict Management and Mediation

Conflict Managment Workshop as part of the MCQST Diversity in Leadership Program.

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Perspectives on Leadership

Workshop on perspectives in leadership with Dr. Jana Leipold. Open to 2021 Diversity in Leadership cohort only.

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Physics from a Gender and Diversity Studies Perspective

Part of the MCQST Diversity in Leadership Program, this workshop focuses on how our concepts of gender and diversity influence our research.

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Unconscious Bias in Scientific Research

An afternoon workshop on the topic of unconscious bias and discrimination within physics. Open to the MCQST Community.

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Recognizing mental health issues

Lunch talk on how to recognize mental health issues in the workplace. Part of the Diversity in Leadership program and open to the MCQST community.

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