Göttingen researchers have developed mini-antibodies that efficiently block the coronavirus  and its new variants

Nanobodies from Alpakas

Alpacas have special antibodies which can be reduced to nanobodies. They have the potential to replace the most-used antibodies and to drastically reduce animal numbers in antibody production [Video in German] more

Covid19-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 more


Clever cockatoos learn through social interaction

July 22, 2021
World-first research proves ‘cockies’ learn unique bin-opening behavior by copying others

What makes a market transaction morally repugnant?

July 22, 2021
A study uncovers the psychological drivers of our feelings of repugnance

Zoom into the dark heart of Centaurus A

July 19, 2021
The Event Horizon Telescope takes a close-up of the nearest radio galaxy

Corona update

Coping with Covid-19 through Music

July 26, 2021
International study investigates the role of music in regulating emotions in times of crisis

Covid-19 infection changes blood cells in the long term

June 17, 2021
Researchers at the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin in Erlangen were able to show for the first time: Covid-19 significantly changes the size and stiffness of red and white blood cells - sometimes over months. These results may help to explain long Covid.

Face masks effectively limit Sars-CoV-2 transmission

May 21, 2021
New study shows how face masks reduce the effective reproduction number of Covid-19, and why their efficacy varies between different environments under virus-limited and virus-rich conditions

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Partner Groups

More than 70 Partner Groups exist worldwide. They are a useful instrument in the joint promotion of early career researchers with countries interested in strengthening their research through international cooperation. 

Significant increase in applications for Max Planck Schools

April 12, 2021
The Max Planck Schools as a joint initiative of German universities and non-university research institutions continue to gain visibility

Job Offers

Max Planck Research Group Leaders (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock
July 28, 2021

Post-Doc (m/f/d) | Greenhouse Gas Measurements

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena
July 28, 2021

PhD Position | Operando Water Dissociation and Water Formation

Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin
July 27, 2021


Videos and Events

Water - more expensive than gold

The Max Planck Symposium is an intensive, two-day career conference from September 23 to 24 serving as a platform to connect international Max Planck Alumni and Max Planck Early Career Researchers of all disciplines and Institutes

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 Plant Breeding Research
Plant microbiota are adapted to their host species more
MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology
The molecular memory of plants more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
There seems no room for new bacteria on sand grains more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Symbionts without borders more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Sensing “junk” RNA after chemotherapy enhances blood regeneration more
MPI for Biology of Ageing
How do our cells react to starvation or stress? more
MPI of Biochemistry
MaxDIA – taking proteomics to the next level more
MPI for Astronomy
Building blocks from the cosmic laboratory more
MPI for Plant Breeding Research
Belowground microbial solutions to aboveground plant problems more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Enzyme silences virus-like sequences more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
How ethane-consuming archaea pick up their favorite dish more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
How children integrate information more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
The earthworm in new light more
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics
An appetizer to the all-sky banquet more
MPI for Brain Research
Wiring up neural circuits at subcellular precision more
MPI for Developmental Biology
A roadmap of rapid species evolution more

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