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Researchers in Europe without Barriers – Czech Presidency Conference “Creating attractive framework conditions and attracting talented junior scientists” Ilka Schießler Max Planck Society, Germany Prague, 28 April 2009 The Max Planck Society

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Researchers in Europe without Barriers – Czech Presidency Conference

“Creating attractive framework conditions and attracting talented junior scientists”

Ilka Schießler

Max Planck Society, Germany

Prague, 28 April 2009

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The Max Planck Society

  • Application must be preceded by knowledge. (Max Planck)
  • The Max Planck Society‘s research activities are
  • knowledge driven
  • open to application
  • oriented towards basic research
  • The Max Planck Society‘s scientists work
  • at the frontier of knowledge
  • at an internationally recognized level
  • in selected areas, whenever they
    • are new or
    • not (yet) represented at universities or
    • require special funding and/or must be set up for the especially long term or
    • enable the training of specialized junior scientists
the global knowledge based society of the future
The global knowledge-based society of the future
  • Research based on the solid foundation of education and qualification
  • Key factor in ensuring the society‘s prosperity
  • Programms to support excellent junior scientists
  • Financial and legal framework conditions

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international competition for the brightest minds
International competition for the brightest minds
  • Demographic trends in Germany and Europe
  • More schoolchildren must obtain university qualifications to survive in global competition
  • The potential of women must be harnessed to greater effect

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attractive scientific career opportunities
Attractive scientific career opportunities
  • Primary importance: number of scientific job available in specific specialist fields
    • Problem: cut back or discontinued research fields owing to financial considerations
    • Better long-term prospects
  • Otherwise: junior scientists will look for jobs abroad or in areas outside of science

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reconciling family and professional life
Reconciling family and professional life
  • Hertie Foundations‘s „career and family“ audit in 2006; currently being re-audited  ongoing measures are assessed, development potential is identified and continuing support is developed
  • Childcare situation has been improved:
    • existing childcare provisions have been extended or facilities have been newly established
    • range of childcare services and times were enhanced
    •  better reconciliation of family and working life

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equal opportunities between men and women
Equal opportunities between men and women
  • Support parents in continuing their scientific careers
  • Dual-career support
  • Childcare and extention of childcare times
  • Childcare services during congresses, meetings and evening seminars
  • Flexibility in terms of working hours and location
  • Improved opportunities for part-time employment
  • Internet protal „family and work“

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statistical data
Statistical data
  • Women make up over 24% of scientific staff
  • Almost 23% of heads of junior research groups and senior research scientists, and more than 40% of doctoral students are women
  • In 2008, 5 of 20 newly vacant W3 positions and 21 of 41 W2 positions went to women

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various stages of scientific career
Various stages of scientific career
  • Permeability between various stages of a scientific career and the recruitment process are key factors for a successful science system
  • MPS supports junior scientist at all stages of their carrer:
    • Students
    • Doctoral students
    • Postdoctorals
    • Independent Junior Research Groups
  • Publically advertised in specialist publications or in the MPS‘s employment listings

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qualifications and advancement
Qualifications and advancement
  • Wide range of opportunities
  • Position of Junior Professors for qualification as a Professor or a Scientific Member
  • Cooperation agreements with universities on joint appointments of Junior Professors

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more than the university degree
More than the university degree!

Employment requirements for university professors:

  • Pedagogical skills
  • Exceptional abiltiy in scientific work
  • Evidence of additional scientific achievement

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fast track procedures
Fast-track Procedures
  • For particularly talented students
  • Commonplace in Anglo-Saxon countries
  • Enable to join doctoral programms directly after completing a Bachelor‘s degree or after one-year preparatory Master‘s stage
  • Germany is currently losing the brightest junior scientists

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tenure track
Tenure-track
  • The MPS attaches great improtance to presenting career opportunities to the top candidates
  • At the same time MPS must also develop its own research profile
  •  tenure track positions are only offered on a very limited basis
  • Balance between fixed-term and permanent positions
  • Appointment decisions are made on a individual basis, depending on the results of scientific evaluation and scientific perspective planning

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international standing
International standing
  • Opportunities in Germany are essentially attractive, even by international standards
  • Major problem: lack of specialized workforces; maintain a lead in innovation in future  in the field of mathematics, information technologie, natural sciences and technology
  • Women are under-represented in technical and scientific fields of study in Germany
  • Modernization of the traditional culture of work and science is required

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Student assistants, Ph.D. students, post-docs, research scholars and guest-scientists

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Student assistants, Ph.D. students, post-docs, research scholars and guest-scientists 2007 acc. to nationality

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