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The Max Planck Society conducts basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, and humanities. It was founded in 1948 as a successor organisation to the Kaiser Wilhelm Society and has 29 Nobel laureates in its ranks. With its 86 Max Planck Institutes and facilities, it is the international flagship for German science: in addition to institutions outside of Germany, it operates another 20 Max Planck Centers with research institutions such as Princeton University in the USA, the Paris University Science Po in France, the University College London in UK, and the University of Tokyo in Japan. Equally funded by federal and state governments, the University College London in UK, and the University of Tokyo in Japan. Equally funded by federal and state governments, the Max Planck Society had an annual budget of 1.9 billion Euros in 2020.

The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful research organization. With 29 Nobel Laureates among the ranks of its scientists, it is equal to the world's best and most prestigious research institutions. more
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As a decentralized research organization the Max Planck Society requires rules and regulations particularly with respect to quality assurance in  research at its institutes and facilities. more
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