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.

A research team of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, together with local actors, aims in a new project 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]
Worldwide researchers investigate the characteristics of potentially interesting, but still unkown materials. With this project, the Fritz-Haber-Institute establishes the NoMaD (Novel Materials Discovery) Repository to host, organize, and share this materials knowledge in an open access database, a potential yet to be tapped. [more]
Pigeons are talented navigators: They can find their way back over hundreds of miles, but we still do not know exactly how they navigate. A project to find out just how pidgeons do this was funded by the Supporting Members' donations in 2014. [more]
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