The Max Planck Society and the organization EAF Berlin – a network that offers advice on promoting equal opportunities, diversity and work-life balance in business and politics – have developed the program entitled "Sign up! Careerbuilding". After three successful cycles, a 4th cycle was launched in autumn 2016. It is aimed at excellent female postdocs from Max Planck Institutes who are selected in a competitive process.
The program comprises three modules. The postdoctoral students develop leadership skills and are prepared for leadership tasks in science with the support of an explicitly career-oriented network. The aim is to promote and motivate them in their orientation phase towards scientific careers and to support individual career planning, in short: explore practical career advancement strategies.