Two Nobel Prizes in two days: this year's Nobel Prize for Physics goes to Klaus Hasselmann, emeritus director at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology; the Nobel Prize for Chemistry to Benjamin List from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung.

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Biodiversity - variety of life

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Nobel Prizes 2021

Physics Nobel Prize 2021 for Klaus Hasselmann

October 05, 2021
Klaus Hasselmann, founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, receives the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 together with Syukuro Manabe (USA) and Giorgio Parisi (Italy)

The human imprint in meteorological background noise

October 07, 2021
The statistical model with which global warming can be attributed to increasing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere was developed by former Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Klaus Hasselmann, who will be receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 for his work.

Chemistry Nobel Prize for Benjamin List

October 06, 2021
Benjamin List, Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung is honoured with the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on asymmetric catalysis. He shares the award with David MacMillan from Princeton University.

A perspective for life

October 06, 2021
The discovery that small organic molecules are excellent catalysts makes Ben List, Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, one of the pioneers of a new research field in chemistry. A portrait of the director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and 2021 Nobel laureate in chemistry.


2021 Heinrich Wieland Prize for Thomas Boehm

October 21, 2021
The Max Planck researcher is honoured for groundbreaking contributions to our current understanding of the development and evolution of the immune system in vertebrate

Adapt and advance

October 18, 2021
Global community leaders highlight opportunities to drive openness and equity in scholarly publishing at the 15th Berlin Open Access Conference

Carbon from a cosmic source

October 15, 2021
Computer simulations show that binary stars produce a large amount of this vital element

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

"It's a great thing"

September 30, 2021
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

Reconciliation of family and career

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

Job Offers

Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry Senior Technician (f/m/d)

Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim
October 22, 2021

Fully funded PhD and Postdoc Positions (m/f/d) | Human Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience of Dynamic Cognition

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
October 22, 2021

Doctoral Students (m/f/d) | Memory and Transitional Justice

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale)
October 22, 2021


Videos and Events

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

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.

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