The roots of the Anthropocene

Even the earliest human interactions with tropical forests have left irreversible imprints on Earth, with impacts on the environment that will reverberate well beyond the 21st century. more

An inventory of the fossil age

The changing climate necessitates saying farewell to oil and coal. But our society, and especially our ideals of freedom and prosperity, are heavily dependent on the use of fossil fuels. more


A motor for cell-free metabolism
Researchers have developed the first cell-free system in which genetic information and metabolism work together
Astronomers find the nearest massive black hole
With 8200 solar masses, the black hole fills the evolutionary gap between stellar and supermassive black holes
Egg cell maintenance
Female mammals, including humans, are born with all of their egg cells. Some egg cells therefore survive for several decades – and need to remain functional over this long time. Extremely long-lived proteins in the ovary seem to play an important role in this. They appear to help maintain fertility for as long as possible.


Max Planck Partner Groups 2024
The deadline for the submission of nomination documents is Wednesday, 30 September 2024
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.

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Climate and transformation
In addition to climate forecasts, the consequences of climate change are increasingly becoming the focus of research at Max Planck Institutes
The brain
The human brain is the most complex organ that nature has ever produced: 100 billion nerve cells and many times more contact points give it capabilities that no supercomputer can match
The causes and consequences of human mobility and its history are central topics for research at Max Planck Institutes


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MPI for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Modular design: New insights into protein factories in human mitochondria more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
What about bipedalism in Sahelanthropus? more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
The symphony of organelles more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Maximum Potential more
MPI for Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
Laser light to pave the way for the Einstein Telescope more
MPI of Biochemistry
Urm1 protects proteins in stress situations more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
Where to put head and tail? more
MPI for Biology Tübingen
New tool maps microbial diversity with unprecedented details more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Symbiodolus bacteria in insects more
MPI for Plant Breeding Research
Finding the balance in the plant immune response more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Metal concentrations in cells more
MPI of Psychiatry
Retina indicates severity of schizophrenia more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Chimpanzee Brain Connectivity Atlas more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Lucinid clams to the left and right of the Isthmus of Panama 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 awared the Koerber Prize 2022 and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences 2023.
Flight and Trauma

Flight and Trauma

Traumatic experiences from fleeing war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life. Now with Ukranian sub-titles.
COVID-19 vaccine: From vaccination to medication

COVID-19 vaccine: From vaccination to medication

Three pioneering experts - Uğur Şahin, Tzachi Pilpel and Patrick Cramer - discussed the future of combating Covid-19, 11th November 2021.
Optogenetics | briefly explained

Optogenetics | briefly explained

Turning nerve cells on and off using pulses of light. 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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