How animals adapt to changing food resources

Food resources change in their availability - daily, seasonally and sometimes unexpectedly. Dina Dechmann researches the strategies of animals to adapt. A Campus Talk [German-language video] more

Shrews shrink in winter and regrow in spring

The tiny mammals reduce the size of their organs in the winter and can even decrease and rebuild bones more

Research news

Gut microbes and humans on a joint evolutionary journey
Researchers discover simultaneous evolutionary history of gut microbes with their human hosts over hundreds of thousands of years

Illustration of human brain, halves highlighted in color
A study analyzes differences in brain asymmetry among different individuals

Battle of the bins
In Australia, cockatoos and humans are in an arms race over garbage access

Help for Ukraine

"We believe in a future of free science in Ukraine"
In his keynote address during the 2022 Annual Meeting, Max Planck President Martin Stratmann addressed the impact of the Ukraine war on scientific collaborations [German PDF].

"Stand with Ukraine": A demonstrator holds up a sign at a rally in support of the Ukraine.
"We are facing special challenges," emphasised President Stratmann at today's meeting of the Senate, at which he further detailed accommodation options and a special fund for Ukrainian scientists

Call for Peace
More than 100 Nobel Laureates from various disciplines are calling for peace in the face of the war in Ukraine emanating from Russian soil. They have signed a declaration initiated by the Max Planck Society and supported by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Covid-19 pandemic

Misperceptions about doctors’ trust in Covid-19 vaccines influence vaccination rate
Informing people about the strong positive consensus among doctors persistently leads to increases in Covid-19 vaccinations

retina organoid
Coronavirus not only infects the human retina, but can also replicate in it

Covid-19-related research by the Max Planck Society
Max Planck researchers are working on vaccines and drugs against the corona virus and are making forecasts on how the pandemic will develop

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Summer Schools 2022
Using the summer to explore science: Max Planck Institutes offer courses specifically for external participants

Artemis Mentorship Programme
Exchange experiences, learn from others, develop career prospects. This is what our mentorship programme offers to mentors at Max Planck Institutes and mentees at African universities

Job Offers

PhD Student or Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m/d) | Physics in Magnetic Resonance

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, Göttingen
September 23, 2022

PhD Student or Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m/d) | Chemistry for Isotopic Labeling

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, Göttingen
September 23, 2022

Postdoctoral Research Fellows (m/f/d) | Molecular genetics of ageing

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne
September 22, 2022


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Videos and Events

How we explore the Sun

How we explore the Sun

The Sunrise III Mission starts in summer 2022. The ballon-borne observatory has now reached an important milestone
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.
Spot On - Rosalia Engchuan

Spot On - Rosalia Engchuan

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

Parrots help others to find food

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.

From the Institutes

MPI for Molecular Biomedicine
More than microscopes can show more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Chimpanzee stone tool diversity more
MPI for Biology of Ageing
Longer life due to faulty RNA processing more
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
3Rs Prize for Ronald Naumann more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Young genes adapt faster than old ones more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Evolution and ecological competition of multicellular life cycles more
MPI for Solar System Research
Magnetic Switchback in the Solar Corona more
MPI for Biology of Ageing
A building block for liver fitness in old age more
MPI for Polymer Research
Suffocating cancer cells more
MPI for Chemistry
Mirror image molecules reveal drought stress in forests more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
“We fell in love with the city” more
MPI for Brain Research
Dragons and brain evolution more
MPI for Biological Cybernetics
How value shapes the fluctuations of conscious perception more
MPI for Biology of Ageing
Time’s arrow more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
A decisive pinch of sugar more
MPI for Brain Research
Different flavors of inhibition save the day more

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