An interdisciplinary, customized PhD programme with the best supervision and five years of financial support: from November 1, students with either outstanding Bachelor or Master degrees can apply for three new graduate schools in Germany.

Max Planck School of Cognition

Cognition research is the focus of the interdisciplinary graduate school, which combines subjects such as psychology, physics, computer science, philosophy, biology and medicine.

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Max Planck School of Photonics

Photonics is a dynamic scientific discipline and at the same time a key technology for other research directions and innovation-driven industries.

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Max Planck School Matter to Life

What exactly is life? Can life-like processes be simulated and reproduced in the laboratory? These are the questions to which this innovative training programme is dedicated.

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News


A cold super-Earth in our neighbourhood

November 14, 2018

Barnard's star, the closest single star, hosts an exoplanet.

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Navigating our thoughts: fundamental principles of thinking

November 08, 2018

Researchers find evidence that our experiences and knowledge are oganized in the brain in a spatial fashion.

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Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award for Catherine Heymans

November 07, 2018

British astrophysicist receives award worth 1.5 million euros.

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Recruitment Programs & Job Offers


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Apply now!

Innovative topic, interdisciplinary curriculum: applications are now open at the brand new Max Planck School Matter to Life, waiting for its first fresh batch of bright & enthusiastic PhD students

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Successful research - also with a baby

Successful research - also with a baby

We are helping young scientists finance childcare for their children aged between three and thirty-six months

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Current Job Offers

Current Job Offers

Fancy new challenges? Here you will find current vacancies of the Max Planck Society and its institutes. Find the right job for your profile

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Publications


MaxPlanckResearch 2/2018
Annual Report 2017
Living and working in Germany
MaxPlanckResearch 1/2018

Videos and Events


Aging and the gift of longevity

Aging and the gift of longevity

Event

How to meet the challenges of getting older. Max Planck Forum, organized with the Consulate General of the State of Israel, on November 20th in Munich

 

Flight and trauma

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018

Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

The school for T Cells

The school for T Cells

Video August 17, 2017

The lamprey has no thymus gland. Max Planck scientist Thomas Böhm wants to know how it copes with bacteria and viruses.

Cryptography

Cryptography

Video May 04, 2017

In principle, almost any encryption key can be broken - all you need is the right computing power. The situation is different, however, with quantum cryptography. Gerd Leuchs is researching this encryption technology of the future.

Climate: how the earth breathes

Climate: how the earth breathes

Video February 06, 2017

Researchers understand Earth’s climate system very accurately by now. For a long time, however, an important piece of the puzzle remained very elusive - the role played by vegetation and soils.

From the Institutes


MPI for Heart and Lung Research
Transformation of adult stem cells causes tumours more
MPI for Astronomy
A cold super-Earth in our neighbourhood more
MPI for Ornithology
Appearance is deceiving more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Type IV effector complexes more
Administrative Headquarters
Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award for Catherine Heymans more
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry
Animal Welfare Prize for Max Planck researchers more

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