Contemporary Max Planck women scientists on six female trailblazers in history who persevered despite facing often daunting social obstacles.

Female scientists in the Max Planck Society

The 8th of March marks the United Nations' International Women's Day. The Max Planck Institutes celebrate the event by highlighting female researchers and their work more

Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Raisa Sherif,  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 more

How diverse is research?

Facts and figures: 12 charts on equal opportunities in the Max Planck Society and in research worldwide. An image gallery more


Debris of stellar explosion found at unusual location

March 03, 2021
eROSITA space telescope finds largest supernova remnant ever discovered with X-rays

Climate change threatens European Forests

February 25, 2021
Well over half of Europe's forests are potentially at risk from windthrow, forest fire and insect attacks

Starvation turns slime moulds into multicellular organisms

February 24, 2021
How sulfur metabolism may have paved the way for the evolution of multicellularity

Corona update

New Corona test developed

March 05, 2021
Researchers develop a low-cost and fast method to detect a COVID-19 infection from a pool of gargle lavage samples

Step-by-step plans without yoyo effect

February 22, 2021
A group of international scientists proposes a sustainable strategy in the Covid-19 pandemic

Communitas Prize for Viola Priesemann

February 18, 2021
The Max Planck Society honours the physicist for her science communication during the COVID-19 pandemic

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Support on the way to the top

Are you interested in becoming a Elisabeth Schiemann fellow? Recommendations for new members of the Kolleg are now possible until 31st March 2021

Innovative training programmes for Phd students

Talented German and foreign junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions

Job Offers

Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) | Microfluidics for Cell Analysis

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen
March 05, 2021

PostDoc (m/f/d) | Model Data Integration

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena
March 02, 2021

Predoctoral Researcher (f/m/d) | Active Learning and Theories of Curiosity in Humans and Machines

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
March 02, 2021


Videos and Events

Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Video March 04, 2021
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.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Emmanuelle Charpentier

Video October 07, 2020
Live recording of the press conference on October 7, 2020 at the Science Forum in Berlin

Synthetic Chloroplast Production using a Microfluidic platform

Video May 13, 2020
Cell-sized droplets equipped with natural and synthetic parts are able to perform photosynthesis. In the future, they could serve as bioreactors for the sustainable, light driven fixation of CO2 into value-added compounds.

Spot On - Rosalia Engchuan

Video February 10, 2020
Anthropologist Rosalia Engchuan looks at how Indonesian filmmakers respond to the challenges of their social and environmental surroundings and how they influence the development of moral values, for example, through solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

Parrots help others to find food

Video January 10, 2020
Parrots exhibit a high level of social intelligence and cooperativeness. Moreover, they reciprocate received favours and do not appear jealous, if conspecifics obtain a better reward than themselves.

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018
Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

From the Institutes

MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Chimpanzees without borders more
MPI for Biological Cybernetics
Predicting the effects of Covid-19 containment measures more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
New form of symbiosis discovered more
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Organizing genetic material into pockets more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
One gene controls sex preference in mate choice more
MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences
Belowground biodiversity in motion more
MPI of Biochemistry, et al.
Structure of serotonin receptor in presence of lipids resolved more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Sweet marine particles resist hungry bacteria more
MPI of Biochemistry
Measuring the tRNA world more
MPI for Intelligent Systems
World's first video of a space-time crystal more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Drop the stress more
MPI of Quantum Optics
Quantum systems learn joint computing more
Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)
The fruit fly and its comb-shaped neurons more
MPI for Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
Einstein@Home reveals mysterious gamma-ray source more
MPI of Psychiatry
Mapping the Stress Axis in Detail more

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