The roots of the Anthropocene

Even the earliest human interactions with tropical forests have left irreversible imprints on Earth, with impacts on the environment that will reverberate well beyond the 21st century. more

An inventory of the fossil age

The changing climate necessitates saying farewell to oil and coal. But our society, and especially our ideals of freedom and prosperity, are heavily dependent on the use of fossil fuels. more


Pupil dilation decreases with age
Poor lighting conditions can reduce quality of life
The science of procrastination
Understanding why we delay tasks may help reclaim productivity
"It feels rather unreal, but you just can't give up!"
Andriy Styervoyedov explains how a new German-Ukrainian Core of Excellence aims to help rebuild Ukrainian research


Max Planck Partner Groups 2024
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The path to a doctorate
When it comes to training and supporting doctoral students, Max Planck institutes have a wealth of experience to call on. They cooperate closely with the universities through which the doctorates are officially awarded.

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Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
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From the Institutes

MPI for Chemical Ecology
Symbiodolus bacteria in insects more
MPI for Plant Breeding Research
Finding the balance in the plant immune response more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Metal concentrations in cells more
MPI of Psychiatry
Retina indicates severity of schizophrenia more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Chimpanzee Brain Connectivity Atlas more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Lucinid clams to the left and right of the Isthmus of Panama more
MPI for Biology Tübingen
Toolkit makes protein design faster and more accessible more
MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology
The seed of parental conflict more
MPI for Solar System Research
Sunrise III is ready for launch more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Altruism as an Explanation for High Infant Mortality? more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Swimming bacteria shape communities more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
A model for emotions more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Cell division at record speed more
MPI for Solar System Research
Sunrise III: First Look at the Sun more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
More plants on the menu of ancient hunter-gatherers more


Cell droplet research

Cell droplet research

A new hope for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. A film about the research of Anthony Hyman, who was awared the Koerber Prize 2022 and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences 2023.
Flight and Trauma

Flight and Trauma

Traumatic experiences from fleeing war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life. Now with Ukranian sub-titles.
COVID-19 vaccine: From vaccination to medication

COVID-19 vaccine: From vaccination to medication

Three pioneering experts - Uğur Şahin, Tzachi Pilpel and Patrick Cramer - discussed the future of combating Covid-19, 11th November 2021.
Optogenetics | briefly explained

Optogenetics | briefly explained

Turning nerve cells on and off using pulses of light. 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.

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