Lise Meitner Excellence Program

The Lise Meitner Excellence Program shall help to recruit and promote exceptionally qualified female scientists. more

First working group after the doctorate

The Minerva Fast Track programme offers exceptional female scientists the opportunity for long-term career planning after completing their doctorate.  more

Women in science history

Contemporary Max Planck women scientists on female science pioneers in history who persevered despite facing often daunting social obstacles more


High ozone levels could be a cause of insect decline
The oxidant pollutant removes mating barriers between fly species and increases the occurrence of sterile hybrids
Discovery of the first fractal molecule in nature
Scientists found for the first time a natural protein that follows a mathematical pattern of self-similarity
Beethoven with a DNA strand in the background
An analysis of the famous composer's genetic make-up has revealed that DNA data has so far been too imprecise in capturing a person's abilities


Innovative training programmes for Phd students
Talented German and foreign junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions
Carbon Capture Call
We are currently looking for three research group leaders in the field of carbon capture. The application deadline is April 24, 2024.

Job Offers

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena
April 12, 2024

5 Master Fellowships | Graduate School of Ageing Research

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Köln
April 12, 2024

Postdoc (m/f/d) | Phage-Microbiota Interactions

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin
April 11, 2024


Evaluation - The procedures of the Max Planck Society
Living and working in Germany
Lise Meitner Excellence Program 2021
MaxPlanckResearch 4/2023: Below Zero
Yearbook Highlights 2022
Annual Report 2022 of the Max Planck Society
75 years Max Planck Society
Research is calling - We promote pioneers in science
Talent Companion

From the Institutes

MPI for Plant Breeding Research
Scientists capture the full spectrum of genetic diversity more
MPI for Biology Tübingen
Cannibalism and Genome Duplication in Nematodes more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
Promising target for new RNA therapeutics now accessible more
MPI for Solar System Research
Sunrise III: Next research flight this year more
MPI for Molecular Biomedicine
EphB4 and ephrin-B2 regulate artery formation more
MPI for Biological Intelligence (Martinsried site)
Developmental crossroads in the brain more
MPI for Biology Tübingen
A gene for the male sex more
MPI for Biological Intelligence (Martinsried site), et al.
Insulin affects the recycling of cellular power plants more
MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
How cells are ahead of the curve more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
A new path to drug diversity more
MPI for Plant Breeding Research
Phase separation and the plant immune system more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Genetic parasites harm kiwis more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
PRDM9 and its role in hybrid sterility in wild mice more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
New habitats affect plant defense more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
New Insights into the Dynamics of Microbial Communities more
MPI of Biophysics
Software speeds up drug development 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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