This year's background image of our advent calendar takes us far north. Nowhere else is climate change so starkly visible: the Arctic sea ice is melting faster than ever before, and by the end of this century, the North Pole could be completely ice-free in summer.

Images of Science

Science often pushes back the boundaries of the known world to explore new topics and make the invisible visible. In the process of this work, sometimes images are created that feature surprising aesthetic forms and structures: abstract works of art from a world normally hidden to the human eye. more

On Location

Science does not always take place in a lab! This picture gallery showcases the scientific locations of Max Planck researchers around the world. more


Heavyweight in the heart of the Abell 85 central galaxy

December 03, 2019

Astronomers discover the most massive black hole in the nearby universe with 40 billion solar masses

3D model of human liver for better diagnosis

December 02, 2019

Dresden researchers create liver model for improved diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Virtual "moonwalk" for science

November 18, 2019

Scientists use a virtual reality platform to detect distortions in our spatial memory

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Videos and Events

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

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.


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

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.

MaxPlanck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology


Interfaces of matter and life are the focus of the new Max Planck Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology. Prof. Imre Berger from Bristol University explains the topic.

From the Institutes

MPI for Medical Research
Fluorescent probes for imaging live cells more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
How does language emerge? more
MPI of Neurobiology
Decision-making process becomes visible in the brain more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Monkeys inform about threats more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
DNA repeats – the genome's dark matter more
MPI for Solar System Research
The Sun‘s long fingers more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Swiss Army Knife for Genome Research more
MPI for Molecular Biomedicine
Reprogramming stem cells without Oct4 more
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
How cells stick together tightly more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Stem cells in the finding phase more
MPI for Solar System Research
Solar Orbiter passes endurance tests more
MPI of Biochemistry
The recipe for making a fruit fly more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
How human brain development diverged from great apes more
MPI of Neurobiology
It takes more than a global impression to move a fish more
MPI for Nuclear Physics
Distorted atoms more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
Diagnostics for everyone more

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