International Cooperation

Country portals: Cooperation within Europe and with China, India, Israel and Latin America.

The European Research Area has been developing not only since its proclamation by the EU Commission in the early years of the millennium. Prior to this, national research institutions established intensive bilateral and multilateral relations, which provide a basis for further integration today. The Max Planck Society is extensively networked in Europe: Of the over 8,000 international guest and junior scientists it hosts, a good third come from Member States of the European Union. [more]
In the midst of the Cold War, in April 1974, a delegation from the Max Planck Society, headed by the President at that time, Reimar Lüst, dared to go into unchartered territory. They returned with mutual verbal promises to exchange scientists. Even before the Second World War, many Chinese scientists had studied and done research in Germany. This connection was something that the Max Planck Society wanted to pick up on. The first official visit by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to Germany was led by Prof. Zhou Peiyuan, who had even studied under Albert Einstein. [more]
India is developing into a global player of the 21st century, and one with major economic and scientific potential – which also makes it an attractive partner for the Max Planck Society. Conversely, interest in Germany by young Indian junior scientists as well as in the Max Planck Society is also growing. [more]
As the world's leading international research nation, Israel – which in size equals the German federal state of Hesse - has seven universities and a number of government research institutions. The Max Planck Society collaborates with several of these institutions. [more]
As is happening throughout the world, in Latin America too scientists are increasingly involved in international exchanges, with diverse new cooperative ventures in view. Already there are many research projects being undertaken jointly with Max Planck institutes and a couple of Max Planck Partner Groups have been established in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. Besides it is planed to build up Tandem Projects in Colombia and Chile. [more]
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