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New case of alleged bullying rocks the Max Planck Society

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Science  17 Aug 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6403, pp. 630-631
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6403.630

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Earlier this year, allegations surfaced that Guinevere Kauffmann, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophyics in Garching, Germany, bullied and harrassed researchers. Now, Tania Singer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, is facing similar allegations. Singer has denied the charges, but the Max Planck Society (MPG) has acknowledged granting Singer a 1-year sabbatical to "calm things down." In a letter, MPG President Martin Stratmann has raised the question of whether there are structural problems in the society and has announced a special task force to look into the matter.