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Juan  Bermejo-Vega
Juan Bermejo-Vega

I am a quantum computing researcher and genderqueer activist. Based at FU Berlin, I joined the EO workgroup during my PhD years at Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching-Munich). I am interested in finding strategies to overcome implicit biases in academia, defend equal opportunities for underrepresented groups and increase their visibility. I am available and happy to discuss about any of these topics.

Renard Z. Ferret
Renard Z. Ferret

Hi! I'm Renard, working at the MPI for Solar System Research in Göttingen. I am trans, gay and disabled, which are all issues about which I'm very passionate. You can always contact me if you are a LGBTQIA+ and/or disabled student in need of help of support.

Julia Huntenburg
Julia Huntenburg

Hi, I'm Julia from the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. I like programming and neuroanatomy, methods, math, tech, and I find myself struggling as a female in such male dominated fields. But I also experience many privileges in life just because I fit into certain boxes, which I find really weird as well. Mostly living in Berlin, I love this city for giving me the feeling that I can do whatever and be whoever I want, but also for making me face my own stereotypes and prejudice. Science can be like that, too, but not always is.

Bjørt Kragesteen
Bjørt Kragesteen

Hey, I’m Bjørt. I’m a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. I am all into genetics and find development very fascinating. One of the things I’ve brought along with me in my suitcase as I moved to Berlin, is the strong feeling that everyone should have equal opportunities in life, no matter what your background, age, sexuality, gender identity, physical and psychological challenges, and other choices you’ve made in life, are.

Maria Mammen
Maria Mammen

Hi, I'm Maria. I'm a PhD student at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. My research is focused on developmental psychology, more specifically, on how young children conceptualise and discuss moral norms with each other and their caretakers. I call myself a feminist because I want to live in a society where everyone is treated with the same respect and has the same rights - not only on paper. Discrimination based on gender, sexuality, ethnicity or disabilities happens every day and I think one way to tackle this is to speak up, raise awareness and to make the issues of those who are marginalised more visible.

Erica McGale
Erica McGale

Hey everyone, my name is Erica and I am a doctoral researcher at the Max Planck for Chemical Ecology in Jena. I'm interested in ecology, chemistry, math, digital arts, and of course, identity politics and activism. I joined this workgroup to raise awareness on implicit identity biases and to help push forward some of the MPS's equal opportunity goals. Definitely feel free to contact me at any time - no question is a bad question, and all discussions are welcome!

Niklas Michel
Niklas Michel

Hey, I'm Niklas, a doctoral researcher at the MPI for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen investigating mechanotransduction and the sense of touch. I consider myself a humanist and therefore solidarise with feminism, LGBTQIA+ rights, antifascism and the embracement of diversity. Let's question everything and everyone standing in the way of humancipation!

Johanna Schütz
Johanna Schütz

I am a PhD student within the MaxNetAging Research School, affiliated with the MPI for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich. I am glad to contribute to our group’s work with my background in social sciences and gender studies and with my deep interest in gender disparities in science.

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Equal Opportunity Group

Who? We are the Equal Opportunities Group of the Max Planck PhDnet. Learn more about each one of us in the panel on the right.

What? We want to raise awareness for and act against all forms of discrimination, such as those based on:

gender or sexual orientation
physical or mental health
cultural or social background
external appearance
language
religion
...

Why? We believe discrimination and implicit biases in the scientific community are real. Our generation has the chance and the responsibility to make a change, to face our own prejudices and learn from each other. We strongly believe science has a lot to gain from diversity. Our goal is an open and respectful working environment for next-generation scientists, for us.

How? First and foremost, we want to establish a network for PhD colleagues who experience discrimination and/or want to fight it, to exchange information and give minorities a voice. We do not necessarily represent one ideology but aim to foster continuous discussion about EO. We plan to organise workshops on topics such as implicit gender bias or intercultural communication, and to make concrete suggestions for policy changes for example regarding conditions for PhD candidates with chronic illnesses.

Find out more! Check out our first article in the Offspring blog (coming soon).

Get involved! We welcome any form of contribution: if you have concrete ideas, need support, want to share your experience or an interesting article, or if you are simply curious, contact us via equal.opportunity (at) phdnet.de

Members

Juan Bermejo-Vega
Renard Z. Ferret
Julia Huntenburg
Bjørt Kragesteen
Zhuangming Li
Maria Mammen
Erica McGale
Niklas Michel
Johanna Schütz
Eva-Regkina Symeonidou

 
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