Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics supports a working environment in which all employees are equally valued and supported. We recognise the positive value of diversity and inclusion, promote equity and challenge discrimination. We aim to provide a working environment with room for differences, where everyone feels a sense of belonging. 

To promote this view and work on several initiatives, the MPI has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, headed by Candice Frances. This committee meets once a month. 

Goal of the committee is to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in three key areas:


Current initiatives

  • Buddy system
  • Inclusive writing guide
  • Guide to hosting diverse and accessible events
  • Talent+ Program


Talent+ Program

Talent+ is a multifaceted training program to provide cutting-edge research experience and training skills to talented people from under-represented backgrounds, carefully tailored to make them competitive for a career in Cognitive Science. The program contains three paid schemes, each designed to provide research experience at the MPI for Psycholinguistics. To find out more please visit this page


Max Planck Society

This committee is one of 15 local committees within the Max Planck Society. For an overview of the Max Planck Society's measures and objectives regarding Diversity and Inclusion, you can visit their website. This includes the Code of Conduct, which identifies nine areas that comprise the understanding of diversity.


Equality Officers

In line with Max Planck Society policy the MPI also has equality officers. The equality officer contributes to all personnel, organizational and social measures concerning the equality of men and women, the reconciliation of work and family life and protection against sexual harassment at the working place.

DEI committee chair

Candice Frances

Postdoctoral Researcher
Psychology of Language Department
+31 24 3521582
Candice [dot] Frances [at] mpi [dot] nl

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