Inspired by Peter Gruss’s words (see below), this blog was set up to cover stories from the inside of the ivory tower of academia. The blog will contain stories from the lives of junior academics but also stories about how research policies are made. One of my goals is to make science politics understood by junior researchers such that they get empowered to take action.

We must also recruit junior scientists more intensively. That means reasonable pay, promotion and mentoring! Your institutes do not face hardship. Junior scientists […] do not mean cheap labour. And we are no longer living in the 1950s where a Director could rule like a little king. Young people are in demand worldwide and also have very good networks. Not just other Max Planck institutes, but half of the world finds out how you treat doctoral students or post-docs within a few hours via Twitter or Facebook.

The posts are written by Andreea Scacioc. She finished her PhD in structural biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in December 2014. After that, Andreea continued her structural biology research at a prestigious institute in Sweden and now is a postdoc in Oxford. Among her past and present professional and political affiliations, one can be mention:

Opinions presented are her own and not of the organizations she is/was a member of. At times, the acts and opinions of these organizations will be challenged.

Proof-reading is ensured, when time allows, by Dr. Yael Kisel and Dr. Hadas Leonov. The logo was designed by Dr. Natalia Hasel Revelo.


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  1. Meine jetzige Frau und ich haben 1993 bis 1996 in einer Max-Planck-Arbeitsgruppe in XXX gearbeitet. Die Gruppe XXX unter Leitung von Prof. XXX war eine MPG-AG, angegliedert an die Uni XXX. (siehe http://www.max-planck-innovation.de/….
    Prof XXX war respektive ist (?) nicht nur ein miserabler Wissenschaftler, dem bei Tier-Experimenten (angemeldet?) mit Beagle-Hunden diese innerhalb einer Stunde krepierten und dann in der Tonne im Kühlraum landeten, sondern er war auch ein Meister im Abstrafen unliebsamer MitarbeiterInnen.
    Etliche DoktorandInnen – so auch meine Frau – liess er nicht promovieren. Er machte das mit Willkür, liess sie 3 Jahre lang zappeln, um sie dann wegen des befristeten Vertrags gehen zu lassen. Medizindoktoranden hatten es besonders schwer, er selbst ist Mediziner. Wer sich wehrte bekam es mit der übermächtigen MPG in München zu tun.
    Wir hatten uns damals an den Ombudsmann der Uni XXX gewandt, zudann Prof. YYY. Mit diesem war ich zufälligerweise sogar auf einer Publikation (…..). Ombudsmann Prof. YYY war zuerst empört über XXX, nach einem Gespräch mit ihm meinte er aber nur: Er könne nichts machen.
    XXX verweigerte mir wie meiner Frau damals ebenfalls die Möglichkeit zur Promotion und nach meinem Weggang ein qualifiziertes Zeugnis, obwohl ich mit ihm auf einem Patent stehe (………).
    Ich ging damals vor das Arbeitsgericht gegen die MPG vor. Eine Rechtsassessorin wurde geschickt und beschimpfte mich im Gerichtssaal so unangemessen, dass sie der Richter zur Ordnung rufen musste.
    Die MPG stand rückhalts- und rücksichtslos hinter XXX. Sie förderte weiterhin seine zweifelhafte Forschung mit Garching Innovation etc.
    Mich wundern die dargestellten Fälle überhaupt nicht. Die MPG hat wie auch die ETH zum Teil keine echte Kultur des Zusammenarbeitens. Das sieht an vielen Hochschulen nicht anders aus.
    Die MPG ist der Mercedes, der Ferrari unter den Forschungsanstalten. Dort ist Geld nie ein Hinderniss. Aber Vorgesetzten mit psychischen Deformitäten werden unbehelligt gelassen, zumindest so unsere Erfahrung aus dieser Zeit.
    Es wird Zeit……

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