Women in science

Taking the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2023, we speak about some general issues that women face in science. Over the wohle month of march, we publish on this website and on our social media channels videos regarding representation, role models, sexism and gender bias in career opportunities and family planning. Stay tuned and revisit this page.

At the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, we promote equality and diversity for everybody. Science is driven by the people who practice it. We believe that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace benefits everyone and thereby will also strengthen the scientific outcome.

A big thank you goes to the courageous women who shared their experiences.

Family planning and scientific career

Why are there still fewer women in higher positions in science and academia? Family planning and society’s expectations towards women are some of  the reasons. Hear more about it in this video.


Sexism  unfortunately also exists in science and academia. By talking about it and sharing experiences, we want to raise awareness and help to fight it. Listen what some of the women at our institute have to say.

Role models and female representation in science

Scientists = „old men with shaggy white hair“? Hear what some of our PhD students have to say about the importance of female role models.

Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8th is International Women’s Day. Listen to some of the women at our institute sharing their thoughts and experiences.
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