Projects funded by our Supporting Members

Beyond the annual dues, our Supporting Members each year give to a featured project that would otherwise not be in the realm of realization. Hereby, they strikingly underline their relation to the Max Planck Society. We are honored to present you a selection of past projects here.

How can gravitational waves deflected by lensing effects be found? Machine learning methods will be used to investigate whether the expected diffraction effects can actually be found in the data from gravitational wave detectors. [more]
A team of scientists seeks to develop new technologies that will allow to detect and combat even hard-to-diagnose cancer types in large-scale screenings at an early stage. [more]
Together with local actors, this project focused on the history of science on the African continent in order to understand and appreciate it as an independent production site of scientific knowledge. [more]
With donations from our Supporting Members, a research team plans to develop a process for the energy-saving recycling of polyamides, the basis of synthetic fibers. [more]
With their donations, the Supporting Members enable an interdisciplinary large-scale project that examines the connection between climate change, microbes, mosquitoes and infectious diseases. [more]
By funding a high-performance radar, the Supporting Members significantly contributed to a unique field campaign aiming at a better understanding on how precipitation and clouds evolve above the tropical North Atlantic.
For the first time the Supporting Members donate a prize: The Max  Planck Cambridge Prize for International Law. [more]
The history of milk and humankind: the donations of the year 2017 enabled an exciting project on the history of the development of dairy products and their effects on the human genome. [more]
According to the World Health Organization, almost 40 million people around the globe are affected by HIV, and more than one million suffer death due to AIDS per year. A promising research project was set up, aiming for better understanding of the resistancies and adaptation mechanisms of the HI-virus. [more]
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