Since November 2015, Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier
has been a member of the Joint Council of the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies
(MaxPo) in Paris. Dubuisson-Quellier is a professor of sociology and deputy director of the Centre de sociologie des organisations
(CSO), Sciences Po
, Paris. Her research focuses on the social construction of consumers and markets. The Joint Council advises MaxPo directors on work at the Center as well as on the selection of research projects and staff.
In November 2015, Timur Ergen
was awarded the Theodor Wessels Prize given for outstanding research on the energy industry and its policies. As one of two prize winners, he received the award for his dissertation on the political economy of the photovoltaic industry in which he examines photovoltaics as a case of hope, aspirational application and repeated collective failure. The prize, worth €10,000, is awarded to research which makes a major contribution to clarifying issues around the energy economy. From 2010 to 2014, Timur Ergen was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) and is currently a researcher at the MPIfG.
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In August 2015, Marius Müller joined MPIfG's Computing Group as a trainee in IT systems integration. He takes the place of Tobias Heinrich who successfully completed his training in the summer. Along with Frederik Fuchs, a trainee at the MPIfG since August 2014, he now has the opportunity to learn about user needs in the practical environment of the MPIfG as well as to develop his expertise in information and communications technology. The MPIfG has been offering vocational traineeships since 1999 in the fields of IT and office administration.
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Claudia Werner, Equal Opportunity Officer at the MPIfG, was elected in the fall of 2015 to the spokeswomen's group for equal opportunity officers of the Max Planck Society
(MPG). The group is made up of four equal opportunity officers from the MPG sections and had its first meeting at the MPIfG in Cologne in October. The group was established to promote discussion between spokeswomen, local equal opportunity officers, and officers based at the MPG. It also provides a forum to discuss and seek solutions on important equal opportunity issues. The next meeting is scheduled for January 2016 in Mainz.