Equal opportunities

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics cares about equal opportunities and diversity

Our Institute employs researchers, students, and support staff from 24 different countries. 60% of staff members are female; 40% are male.

The MPI has introduced a range of measures that are designed to ensure that female and male employees have the same chances when it comes to career development and to achieving a manageable work-life balance.

Some of these measures are offered via the Max Planck Society, while others, such as career development training, are also organised here in Nijmegen by the Institute itself.

For an overview of the Max Planck Society's measures and objectives about equal opportunities, please visit their page.

The Max Planck Society recently published a brochure entitled "Career in Science at Max Planck: a guide to career advancement with equal opportunities".

The Max Planck Society is committed to protecting its employees against all forms of discrimination. We have a policy against sexualized discrimination, harrassment and violence which outlines the Max Planck Society’s policy of handling sexualised discrimination, harassment, and violence. [pdf]


At our Institute we have three elected Equality Officers:
•    Karin Kastens (Equality officer)
•    Natalia Levshina (Deputy Equality Officer)
•    Maggie Wong (Deputy Equality Officer)


You can either contact them directly, or send an e-mail to equality [at] mpi.nl.



Equality Officer

Karin Kastens

Head of Library
+31 24 3521166
Karin [dot] Kastens [at] mpi [dot] nl

Deputy Equality Officer

Natalia Levshina

Postdoctoral Researcher
Neurobiology of Language Department
+31 24 3521332
Natalia [dot] Levshina [at] mpi [dot] nl

Deputy Equality Officer

Maggie Wong

Postdoctoral Researcher
Language and Genetics Department
+31 24 3521953
Maggie [dot] Wong [at] mpi [dot] nl

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