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 within academia and outside. The program aims to evoke questions and provoke a process of finding one’s own values and style of leadership in the context of a diverse work environment. Moreover, the program enables and encourages participants to take on an active role in creating and sustaining a culture of awareness and a work place that welcomes everyone.

The program is based on understanding the team dynamics and how leadership can shape these dynamics. Becoming aware of unconscious bias and power structures within teams and groups form the basis of this training. Introductions to active bystander training, conflict management, leadership, mental health and hands-on training in gender issues in the field of physics highlight aspects of leadership and tools of implementing one’s own path to leadership.

Trainings and courses

The program combines half-day workshops and talks. It contains the following structure:

Mandatory half-day courses

  • Unconscious bias training
  • Active Bystander Training


  • Conflict management and mediation
  • Diversity conscious leadership
  • Racism in Academic Structures
  • Gender in Physics
  • Leadership and mental health

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

The program will start in February 2021. Upcoming dates will be published here. Depending on the situation then we will organize the courses online or in person. Due to the unpredictablity of the current situation, the workshop dates - particularly for in person workshops - might have to be changed.


2021 DIL Workshops

Unconscious Bias Workshop

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 members 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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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 acknowledge 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.

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 via email at Barbara.Tautz[at]physik.uni-muenchen.de

Application for the 2021 program is now closed.

Please note
: Participation is only possible for MCQST members.

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