In a crisis, the future seems intangible and difficult to grasp. Yet for social science research, perceptions of the future are an important part of understanding crises. As the current coronavirus pandemic and before it the 2007 financial crisis or the Brexit vote show, to overcome a crisis, sociopolitical and economic visions for the future are needed just as urgently as vaccines or emergency assistance from the state.

Jürgen Renn: Surviving the Anthropocene

Humans have taken dominion over the Earth – and have done so to an extent that threatens the basis for human life itself. From the perspective of our author, the development of scientific and technical knowledge has played a key role in the transition to the Anthropocene more

Learning from past climate changes

Investigating historical climate-society interactions can help tackle current challenges more


Good neural connections

April 20, 2021
The Max Planck – University of Toronto Centre for Neural Science and Technology is now up and running

Simplifying our world

April 21, 2021
Mice master complex thinking with a remarkable capacity for abstraction

A black hole in a new light

April 19, 2021
Nineteen observatories worldwide are carefully examining the centre of the giant galaxy M 87 at all possible wavelengths

Corona update

New app calculates corona infection risk in rooms

April 09, 2021
Size of aerosol droplets that virus carriers release strongly influences infectivity

Interleukin-33 involved in immunity to Sars-CoV-2

April 09, 2021
Freiburg researchers dissect Covid-19 immunity of recovered patients

Opening at the pace of vaccination

April 07, 2021
If the case numbers are low, contact restrictions can be relaxed relatively quickly in the course of the vaccination campaign

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

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We offer early career researchers again the possibility to apply for a position as a Leader of a Lise Meitner Research Group in all areas of science. Applications are open between April 1 and 28, 2021

Female pioneers of science

Contemporary Max Planck women scientists on six female trailblazers in history who persevered despite facing often daunting social obstacles.

Job Offers

Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m/d) | PEM water electrolysis, IrO2 degradation

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr
April 22, 2021

PhD student Bioinformatics (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin
April 22, 2021

Scientific Programmer (f/m/d) | Computational Auditory Perception

Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main
April 21, 2021


Videos and Events

Let's talk about tea!

Is tea a healthy drink or a lifestyle beverage? Max Planck Forum on May, 4th, 19:00 - 20:15 CET

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.

From the Institutes

MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Navigating the Squircle more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Defensive symbiosis leads to gene loss in bacterial partners more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
The architect of genome folding more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
More than the sum of mutations more
MPI for Developmental Biology
Speeding up sequence alignment across the tree of life more
MPI for Developmental Biology
Auxin visualized for the first time more
MPI for Molecular Biomedicine
3D genome organisation independent of gene regulation in Drosophila more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
The brain area with which we interpret the world more
MPI for Brain Research
Hot on the messenger’s trail more
MPI for Radio Astronomy
The Opticon-RadioNet Pilot Project is launched more
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry
New microscopy method: MINSTED more
MPI for Radio Astronomy
New insights into star formation more
MPI for Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
A brighter future for gravitational-wave astronomy more
MPI for Brain Research
The brain teaches itself to see more
MPI for Biological Cybernetics
The astonishing self-organization skills of the brain more
Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society
On the search of an evolutionary time machine more

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