Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2021 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 12 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year Scientific highlights 2021

Covid-19 pandemic

The fact that most people adapt their behaviour to the epidemic situation beyond current rules makes a significant contribution to protecting against infection

A detailed study shows the maximum risks of being infected by the coronavirus for different scenarios with and without masks

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

Research news

Adolescents—like nutrition experts—use “naturalness” to judge a food’s healthiness

Two cancer genes regulate the metabolic state of the liver

Eleven Max Planck projects receive starter grants from the European Research Councils (ERC); humanities and social sciences lead the internal ranking

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Talented German and foreign junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions

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

Job Offers

PhD student (m/f/d) | Molecular Biology

Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt am Main
January 21, 2022

PhD student in Biophysics (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt am Main
January 21, 2022


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 for Molecular Genetics
Contour map for genetic enhancers more
MPI for Biology of Ageing
Hostile takeover in the cell more
MPI for Solar System Research
Oxygen ions near Jupiter more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Unmuting the genome more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Unexpected benefits from competitors more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Modern humans developed a more effective protection against oxidative stress more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
Mesocrystal formation with gamma radiation more
MPI for Solar System Research
Earth and Mars were formed from inner Solar System material more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Division of labor among genetic switches more
Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)
Dendritic constancy - equality in the brain more
MPI for Astronomy
Raw material for new stars more
MPI for Biology Tübingen
The Max Planck Institute for Biology is coming back more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Tracking down the origin of cholera pandemics more
MPI for Astronomy
A bubble in the Brick more
MPI for Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
Gravitational wave scientists set their sights on dark matter more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Rollercoaster of emotions: Exploring emotions with virtual reality more
MPI of Neurobiology
The origin of neuronal diversity more

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