Great response to Lise Meitner Excellence Program 2018

First research group leaders have been selected

In 2018, the MPG launched the four-year pilot phase of the Lise Meitner Excellence Program - with great success: almost 300 candidates seized the opportunity to apply for Group Leader positions. The applicants for the first call came from 42 countries; 74 percent were EU citizens and the remaining 26 percent came from non-EU countries. Candidates underwent a competitive selection process, conducted by a committee of national and international experts from various fields. Thirty-one highly qualified applicants were invited to give a personal presentation at a selection symposium. The Max Planck Society appointed twelve brilliant young female scientists on the basis of their impressive research successes to date and their demonstrably strong potential. Six of them have already confirmed the appointments. The first of the new appointees began her work as group leader on January 1 of this year.

Free scientific development, long-term career security and clear career prospects - these are the cornerstones of the Lise Meitner Excellence Program. Launched in 2018 by the Max Planck Society, the program aims to attract outstanding female scientists and provide them with equal opportunities for all stages of their career.

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