One molecule away from magic

The 73rd Max Planck Society Meeting in Berlin drew to a close with a live discussion with Nobel Laureate Benjamin List and science journalist Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim. more

Renaming of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

New research focus in the field of geoanthropology more

Yearbook Highlights

Showcasing the variety and diversity of topics and projects covered by Max Planck researchers: 15 articles from the 2021 yearbook from our different research Sections. more

Facts and Figures at a glance

The Annual Report 2021 of the Max Planck Society more

Research news

A sanitizer in the galactic centre region
Interstellar detection of iso-propanol in Sagittarius B2

Britains earliest humans
Homo heidelbergensis may have occupied southern Britain between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago

Shedding light on linguistic diversity and its evolution
Linguists and computer scientists collaborate to publish a large global Open Access lexical database

Help for Ukraine

"We believe in a future of free science in Ukraine"
In his keynote address during the 2022 Annual Meeting, Max Planck President Martin Stratmann addressed the impact of the Ukraine war on scientific collaborations [German PDF].

"Stand with Ukraine": A demonstrator holds up a sign at a rally in support of the Ukraine.
"We are facing special challenges," emphasised President Stratmann at today's meeting of the Senate, at which he further detailed accommodation options and a special fund for Ukrainian scientists

Call for Peace
More than 100 Nobel Laureates from various disciplines are calling for peace in the face of the war in Ukraine emanating from Russian soil. They have signed a declaration initiated by the Max Planck Society and supported by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Covid-19 pandemic

Misperceptions about doctors’ trust in Covid-19 vaccines influence vaccination rate
Informing people about the strong positive consensus among doctors persistently leads to increases in Covid-19 vaccinations

retina organoid
Coronavirus not only infects the human retina, but can also replicate in it

Covid-19-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

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Summer Schools 2022
Using the summer to explore science: Max Planck Institutes offer courses specifically for external participants

Artemis Mentorship Programme
Exchange experiences, learn from others, develop career prospects. This is what our mentorship programme offers to mentors at Max Planck Institutes and mentees at African universities

Job Offers

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July 05, 2022

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July 04, 2022

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Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen, Tübingen
July 01, 2022


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Annual Report 2020
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Research is calling - We promote pioneers in science
Talent Companion

Videos and Events

How we explore the Sun

How we explore the Sun

The Sunrise III Mission starts in summer 2022. The ballon-borne observatory has now reached an important milestone
Flight and trauma

Flight and trauma

Video March 18, 2022
Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life. Now with Ukrainian subtitles
Covid-19: from vaccination to medication

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 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
Four questions for Raisa Sherif

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.
Spot On - Rosalia Engchuan

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 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.

From the Institutes

MPI for Molecular Genetics
How to find marker genes in cell clusters more
MPI for Biological Intelligence, in foundation (Seewiesen site), et al.
Activating the indicator and performing a shoulder check – essential also for zebra finches more
MPI for Biology Tübingen
Understanding how microbiota thrive in their human hosts more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Chimpanzees can navigate virtual environments more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Advanced “mini brains” in the dish more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Psychological time shapes our memories more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
The quietest stem cells are the most powerful more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
Natural glue from mistletoe berries more
MPI for Nuclear Physics
Quantum electrodynamics tested 100 times more accurately more
MPI for Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
GEO600 and KAGRA observe together more
MPI for Astronomy
Cosmic census more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Pre-historic Wallacea - a melting pot of human genetic ancestries more
MPI for Nuclear Physics
How magnetic is helium-3? more
MPI for Gravitational Physics
A look inside neutron stars more
MPI for Astronomy
The end of the cosmic dawn more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Antagonistic interactions of plant defense compounds more

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