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Composite image of the Max Planck researchers who were awarded an ERC Advanced Grant 2023. From left to right: Brenda A. Schulman, MPI of Biochemistry, Sven Sturm, MPI of Nuclear Physics, Alexander Meissner, MPI of Molecular Genetics and Sami K. Solanki, MPI of Solar System Research.
Four scientists can look forward to additional funding in this year's ERC Advanced Grants

Beethoven’s genome
Scientists have sequenced the composer’s genome using five genetically matching hair locks

A girl holds a donut in front of her face.
Why we can't keep our hands off chocolate bars and co.

75 years Max Planck Society

This is a portrait of Steffen Schroeder, wearning a black T-shirt. Born in Munich in 1974, Schroeder has performed on the stage of Vienna’s “Burgtheater”, was a member of the “Berliner Ensemble” and has acted in many films and TV series. The novel “Planck oder Als das Licht seine Leichtigkeit verlor” (Planck or When the light lost its lightness) is his third book. Steffen Schroeder has three adult children and lives with his wife in Potsdam.
Interview with actor and author Steffen Schroeder on his family ties to Max Planck and his novel “Planck oder Als das Licht seine Leichtigkeit verlor” (Planck or When the light lost its lightness)

75 Years Max Planck Society
The research institution marked its 75-year milestone anniversary with a festive ceremony at the Deutsches Museum in Munich

Max Planck
On 19th October 1900, a revolution in physics begins unnoticed. On this day, Max Planck presents a new radiation law. It describes the energy distribution of thermal radiation

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The path to a doctorate
When it comes to training and supporting doctoral students, Max Planck institutes have a wealth of experience to call on. They cooperate closely with the universities through which the doctorates are officially awarded.

Springboard after the doctorate
You have completed your doctorate and want to qualify further for a position in science, business or society? Or you are planning to start your own company? No matter what your goal is: as long as excellent research is part of your path, the Max Planck Society is the right place for you.

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PhD DAAD scholarship (m/f/d) | Electrochemical reduction of iron oxides by first-principles methods

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf
March 31, 2023

Data Scientist (m/f/d) | eROSITA and HETDEX

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
March 31, 2023

Scientific coordinator (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale)
March 31, 2023


Talent Companion
Research is calling - We promote pioneers in science
Connection to the World
Lise Meitner Excellence Program 2021
Living and working in Germany
Yearbook Highlights
Annual Report 2020
Max Planck Imageflyer - English
MaxPlanckResearch 3/2022: To Stay or to Go?
Evaluation - The procedures of the Max Planck Society

From the Institutes

Max Planck Innovation
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MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Eye color genes are critical for retinal health more
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics
Helium-burning white dwarf discovered more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
The benefit of redundancy in biological systems more
MPI for Security and Privacy
Detecting manipulations in microchips more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Native language shapes brain wiring more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Reactive oxygen impacts carbon cycling in tidal sands more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Surprising similarities in stone tools of early humans and monkeys more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Being full and better mood through plant-based nutrition? more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Oldest human genome from southern Spain more
MPI of Animal Behavior
Parental investment may have aided evolution of larger brains more
MPI of Biophysics
Increased Infectivity of emerging Sars-CoV-2 Variants more
MPI for Biological Intelligence (Seewiesen site), et al.
Mapping unknown territory more
MPI for Biology of Ageing
Sex-specific differences in response to reduced insulin activity more
Max Planck Innovation
Accelerated screening for active pharmaceutical ingredients more
MPI for Radio Astronomy
Oxygen in Earth’s Higher Atmosphere more
MPI for Astronomy
The beginnings of the Solar System on the Computer more
MPI for Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
Gamma-ray eclipses shed new light on spider pulsars more


Cell droplet research

Cell droplet research

A new hope for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases / A film about the research of Anthony Hyman, who was awarded with the Koerber Prize 2022 and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences 2023
Flight and trauma

Flight and trauma

Video March 18, 2022
Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life. Now with Ukrainian subtitles
Covid-19: from vaccination to medication

Covid-19: from vaccination to medication

Three pioneering experts - Uğur Şahin, Tzachi Pilpel & Patrick Cramer - discussed the future of fighting Covid-19.on Nov 11, 2021
Optogenetics briefly explained

Optogenetics briefly explained

Optogenetics is a relatively new field that uses light to control genetically modified cells. It is based on light-activated membrane proteins, such as bacteriorhodopsin or channelrhodopsin, that are built into nerve cells
Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Raisa Sherif,  now a senior research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, talks about her work, what advice she has for girls who want to become researchers, and the challenges of becoming a researcher.

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