Scientists question Max Planck Society’s treatment of women leaders

A group of 145 leading female scientists from across the world has signed an open letter to Germany’s Max Planck Society (MPS), expressing concern over “the highly publicized dismissals, demotions, and conflicts involving female directors of Max Planck Institutes”.

The MPS is Germany’s most powerful basic-research organization, with 86 institutes and research facilities. In the past three years, at least four of the most senior researchers at these institutes — called directors — have been charged with bullying, three of them women.

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