In line with the central philosophy of the Max Planck Society, the CSBD wishes to attract top brains to the institute from wherever they may currently reside, and then provide them with the optimal environment to pursue their research interests. We believe bringing top international scientists together in an environment that fosters open communication and collaboration leads to the production of innovative research. In order for this strategy to be successful, it is essential that scientists of all nationalities, ethnicities, skin colours, sexual orientation, religions and / or whatever particular cultural or societal position or inclination feel equally welcome at the CSBD. Furthermore, all staff should feel well supported regarding their personal career development and family situation.
Our core values are reflected in the structure of the MPI-CBG, which is focused on removing hierarchy and providing equal access to resources and services for all people at MPI-CBG and CSBD (staff and guests) as well as our efforts to provide an environment with equal opportunities and support for families.
Our guiding principle of open communication and caring keeps all staff at CSBD informed of CSBD’s expectations and / or resources pertaining to many critical issues including:
All people (staff and guests) at CSBD have access to resources and advice regarding harassment, mobbing and discrimination (collectively referred to as ‘incidents’). A few of the guiding principles are summarized in bullet point form here:
Further information and resources (including central resources provided by the Max Planck Society) are available here:
Procedures and Regulations
Ombudspersons at Max Planck
Focus on equal opportunity
CSBD researchers and staff are acutely aware of the great responsibility that comes with animal experimentation in basic biological research. Providing the highest level of animal welfare and care for our laboratory animals is an unconditional commitment of the institute and its staff. We believe all laboratory animals under our care should be treated with respect and dignity throughout their lives. We are convinced that good quality science can only be achieved with the highest level of animal welfare. We are committed to the core value of humane care in the use of all animals. The CSBD staff (scientists, technicians, animal caretakers, veterinarians) who are involved with animal care, housing and experiments, commit to the following guiding principles:
Further information regarding the approach of the Max Planck Society towards animal research is available here: www.mpg.de/animal-studies-in-basic-research.