Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 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


Chimpanzee friends fight together to battle rivals

January 22, 2021
Strong social bonds increases the willingness to join others in battle

A New Archaeology for the Anthropocene Era

January 18, 2021
Knowledge from the past can help address current challenges as biodiversity conservation, food security and climate change

Why remdesivir does not fully stop the coronavirus

January 13, 2021
New results explain why the drug that has been approved in Europe and the United Statehas has a rather weak effect

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Videos and Events

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

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.

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.

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018
Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

MaxPlanck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology

Interfaces of matter and life are the focus of the new Max Planck Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology. Prof. Imre Berger from Bristol University explains the topic.

From the Institutes

MPI for Astronomy, et al.
Cosmic brick factory more
MPI for Astronomy
The dance of massive stellar couples more
MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology
Getting shapes into numbers more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Plants toxins – between autotoxicity and defense more
MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids
A charge-density-wave topological semimetal more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Expanding the boundaries of CO2 fixation more
MPI of Neurobiology
Tracing the many paths of vision more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Ancient DNA sheds light on the peopling of the Mariana Islands more
MPI of Psychiatry
microRNA involved in the development of depression more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Molecular time travel more
MPI of Psychiatry
Mice under stress more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Tackling metabolic complexity more
MPI for Brain Research
Proteins in motion more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
The right tune for blood more

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