It's that time of the year again! Each day until December 24, you can open a door of our online advent calendar to marvel at stunning images of science and find fascinating research information. Be prepared to be amazed and enjoy browsing!

Images of Science

Science transcends boundaries of the known to explore the new and make the unseen visible. This often results in images with aesthetic forms and structures: abstract works of art from a world hidden from the human eye. more

On Location

Science does not only take place in the lab. This gallery of photos presents a selection of images of locations and sites where Max Planck scientists conduct research. more

Covid-19 pandemic

The coronavirus does not appear to infect nerve cells in the olfactory epithelium and in the olfactory bulb

High expression of the fitness gene hFwe-Lose in the lung reliably predicts severe progression

A Covid-19 infection in the family leads to a reduction in trust and in the willingness to cooperate in adolescents from socioeconomically weaker families

Research news

The games we play reflect the socio-ecological characteristics of the culture that we are in

Balancing fear

November 18, 2021
The brain uses bodily signals to regulate fear

Scientists develop a software that can be used in combination with MRI data for research and diagnosis

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

In a special publication of DUZ Magazine, evaluator Professor Karl Max Einhäupl comments on the positive results of the interim evaluation of the three Max Planck Schools

Professional challenges frequently compete with private family interests. We take the needs of our employees into account in our work culture.

Job Offers

Open Postdoc position | Meiosis and reproduction in tomato and wild relatives

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne
December 02, 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) | Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions

Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome
December 02, 2021

Researcher (m/f/d) | Flora Incognita | Data Intensive Systems and Visualisation | Biogeochemistry

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena
November 30, 2021


Videos and Events

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 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

The idea of World Heritage and the power of nation states

Christoph Brumann talks about his long-term observations of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and how tensions between the global North and the global South influence the awarding of World Heritage titles

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.

Synthetic Chloroplast Production using a Microfluidic platform

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

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 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 of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
The Domino effect more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Exploring the current paradigm of gene regulation more
MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids
An antiferromagnet could generate electricity from waste heat more
Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)
Brain rhythms define distinct networks more
Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)
Learning to see better more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Genetic changes in Bronze Age southern Iberia more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
How germs’ toxins become dangerous more
MPI for Ornithology
Female finches are picky but pragmatic more
MPI of Biophysics
New insights into biological energy conversion more
MPI for Heart and Lung Research
miR1 and miR133a block division of heart cells more
MPI for Brain Research
Neurons differentiate between novel and familiar stimuli more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
Stem cells do not only play dice more
MPI for Gravitational Physics, et al.
LIGO, Virgo, and KAGRA raise their signal score to 90 more
MPI for Astronomy
Tidying up planetary nurseries more
MPI for Solar System Research
Hang Test for Sunrise III more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Microorganisms produce elemental carbon more
MPI for Brain Research
The goal in mind more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
The surprising origins of the Tarim Basin mummies more

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