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How the evaluation of one Max Planck Institute ended up in insults (part 2)

How the evaluation of one Max Planck Institute ended up in insults (part 2)

Summary

In January 2016, a couple of early career scientists from Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI-bpc) wrote an anonymous letter to the Max Planck Society (MPG) president, Martin Stratmann. A copy was sent to the German Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka. Some people were upset with the letter while others called their authors “heroes”. I received an arguably insulting email accusing me that I was the author of the anonymous letter. This made me think about the bullying culture in academia, especially in strongly hierarchical and competitive organizations such as the MPG. This is the second out of a series of blog entries analysing the current events at MPI for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI-bpc). Continue reading “How the evaluation of one Max Planck Institute ended up in insults (part 2)”