Reconciling Career and Family

Reconciling family and career has long been a particular challenge in the field of science. The Max Planck Society and the MPIA are dedicated to providing support to enable all staff to balance these two important aspects of their lives.


  • Ensures rights to childcare slots for children from 8 weeks to 6 years of age
  • Provides a childcare room and baby office
  • Promotes parental leave for fathers
  • Supports the flexible organisation of work schedules and work locations
  • Supports partners in their career via the Dual career program
  • contact-maintaining programs for temporary absence from work during special phases of life??
  • Provides support in finding accommodation, suitable schools and childcare places for new employees through the International Office (link to international office page)
  • Offering vacation care through the "Bündnis für Familie Heidelberg” (link to website)

The Max Planck Society provides support via:

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation

The Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation (link to http://www.cnvstiftung. de/en/goals/) supports talented, young female PhD students in the natural sciences who have children.

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