Research Perspectives 2014 of the Max Planck Society
The revelations that shape our future stem from basic research. For this reason, at the Max Planck Society we conduct research at the frontiers of knowledge, and we pay particular attention to research fields that are developing dynamically and presenting new scientific challenges. The Research Perspectives 2010+ series established in 2010 on the Society’s website was created with a view to providing insight into the fields regarded by the Max Planck Society as particularly innovative and pioneering. As a follow-up, in this 2014 issue six particularly promising and forward-looking research fields are highlighted with a special focus on their relevance and potential for the future. They have been selected by the Presidential Commission ‘Max Planck Research Perspectives’ involving the Perspective Committees of all three sections. The pioneering work described here on the website demonstrates (for in-depth scientific details please download the relevant base texts) that basic research is not only valuable for advancing our knowledge — it is also the driver of innovation.
Besides carrying genetic code, RNA also catalyses the translation of that code into proteins. This means that RNA can account for a surprising amount of the story. [more]
The perception-action-learning loop is at the heart of intelligence. To understand it - let alone replicate it - will be challenging. [more]
The goal of synthetic biology is to produce novel living systems with desirable properties. [more]
Hydrogen could come into its own as back-up storage for the electricity grid. [more]
By understanding how societies can adapt, we can help governments and societies to avoid the worst of the repercussions and prepare for the future. [more]
Gone are the days in which individual states were the only bodies that set the rules. [more]