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Petra Mader
Phone:+49 3641 686-960Fax:+49 3641 686-990
Anne Gibson
Public Relations
Phone:+49 3641 686-950Fax:+49 3641 686-949

Head of administration

Christian Nagel
Phone:+49 3641 686-920Fax:+49 3641 686-929

Predecessor Institute

Max Planck Institute of Economics (1993 until 2014)

Before the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History was established the Max Planck Institute of Economics was located in Jena for around twenty years. The website is not maintained anymore but will be kept online until further notice. [more]


Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Kahlaische Str. 10
07745 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 686-5
Fax: +49 3641 686-990

How are historical events, cultural change and major migratory movements interrelated? Where do the origins of historical pathogens lie? Which factors led to the spread and diversification of the major language families? How have the development of crops and transformation of human societies affected each other? Which factors promote the spread and adoption of new technologies?

Biologists, historians, linguists and social scientists at the 2014 newly established institute work together on the development of innovative language documentation procedures, global linguistic and cultural databases, and analytical processes that link evolutionary theories and modern computational methods. They use state-of-the-art methods from the field of biomolecular science, such as, for example genome-wide DNA sequencing, to obtain detailed information from minute samples about genetic relationships, geographical origins, selection processes, and the genetic structures of extinct human, plant, animal and even pathogenic organisms. This thoroughly integrated, interdisciplinary approach will allow long-standing questions about human history that were previously deemed difficult, or even completely intractable, to be resolved.

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