Dieter Oesterhelt, Emeritus Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, is being honoured with the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award 2021 together with Peter Hegemann and Karl Deisseroth

Life with light and colour: a biochemical conversation

Interview with emeritus director Dieter Oesterhelt about his life and work more

Single-celled organisms shed light on neurobiology

Bacteriorhodopsin and channelrhodopsin, which originates from a unicellular green alga, are advancing to become new tools in neurobiology more


Peering into the Moon's shadows

September 23, 2021
Artificial Intelligence now provides sharper images of lunar craters that contain water ice

Milk enabled massive steppe migration

September 16, 2021
Already in the Bronze Age, pastoralists covered long distances across the Eurasian steppes - presumably thanks to their consumption of milk

The viruses of the North Sea

September 14, 2021
Viruses in the ocean are numerous, diverse and play an important role in the marine carbon cycle

Corona update

Prior exposure to common cold coronaviruses enhances immune response to SARS-CoV-2

August 31, 2021
Scientists observe cross-immunity against the coronavirus

Face masks protect us, but disguise feelings

August 26, 2021
A thorough understanding could help to counteract the impaired recognition of emotions

Molecular mechanisms of Covid-19 drug candidate Molnupiravir unraveled

August 16, 2021
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the Julius Maximilians University Würzburg have elucidated the underlying molecular mechanisms by which the antiviral compound Molnupiravir blocks the replication of the coronavirus in the event of infection.

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Reconciliation of family and career

Professional challenges frequently compete with private family interests. We take the needs of our employees into account in our work culture.

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

4 Post-Doctoral Fellowships (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn
September 24, 2021

Master Thesis / Internship (m/f/d) | Synthetic Array Technologies

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam-Golm
September 23, 2021

Trial Coordination Student Assistant (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen site, Tübingen
September 23, 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 Evolutionary Anthropology
Early Homo sapiens groups in Europe faced subarctic climates more
MPI of Neurobiology
From amateur to expert more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
How pruning the cytoskeleton moves the cell more
MPI for Brain Research
Local supply chains in neurons more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
A separate room for essential genes more
MPI for Biology of Ageing
Fountain of youth for ageing stem cells in bone marrow more
MPI for Astronomy
Astronomers’ industrial espionage more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, et al.
Wired for efficiency: How methanogenic microbes manage electrons more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
The first programmable photocatalyst more
MPI for the Science of Human History, et al.
Prehistoric climate change repeatedly channelled human migrations across Arabia more
MPI for Biogeochemistry
Tropical rainforests are differently vulnerable more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Central European prehistory was highly dynamic more
MPI of Neurobiology
Flawed quality control in the brain more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Shedding light on past human histories more
MPI of Neurobiology
The complex task of staying on course more
MPI for Developmental Biology
Humboldt Fellow Inès Pons sheds light on bacterial symbioses more

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