The Event Horizon Telescope takes a close-up of the nearest radio galaxy

The nebula with the dark band

The active galaxy Centaurus A has made history in radio astronomy more

New research on black holes

Current reporting on the mass monsters in the universe and in the centre of our Milky Way galaxy more


Clever cockatoos learn through social interaction

July 22, 2021
World-first research proves ‘cockies’ learn unique bin-opening behavior by copying others

Phosphine in Venus clouds? No trace!

July 16, 2021
Newly evaluated data provide no evidence that this rare gas is present in our inhospitable neighboring planet

Taking the brain out for a walk

July 15, 2021
A recent study shows that spending time outdoors has a positive effect on our brains

Corona update

Covid-19 infection changes blood cells in the long term

June 17, 2021
Researchers at the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin in Erlangen were able to show for the first time: Covid-19 significantly changes the size and stiffness of red and white blood cells - sometimes over months. These results may help to explain long Covid.

Face masks effectively limit Sars-CoV-2 transmission

May 21, 2021
New study shows how face masks reduce the effective reproduction number of Covid-19, and why their efficacy varies between different environments under virus-limited and virus-rich conditions

New app calculates corona infection risk in rooms

April 09, 2021
Size of aerosol droplets that virus carriers release strongly influences infectivity

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Partner Groups

More than 70 Partner Groups exist worldwide. They are a useful instrument in the joint promotion of early career researchers with countries interested in strengthening their research through international cooperation. 

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

Head of Public Relations (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
July 26, 2021

Postdoctoral Position | Computational Biology

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden
July 26, 2021

1 Postdoc (m/f/d) and 1 PhD position | ERC-project QUANTA

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
July 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 of Molecular Plant Physiology
The molecular memory of plants more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
Characterized drugs show unexpected effects more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
There seems no room for new bacteria on sand grains more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Symbionts without borders more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Sensing “junk” RNA after chemotherapy enhances blood regeneration more
MPI for Biology of Ageing
How do our cells react to starvation or stress? more
MPI of Biochemistry
MaxDIA – taking proteomics to the next level more
MPI for Astronomy
Building blocks from the cosmic laboratory more
MPI for Plant Breeding Research
Belowground microbial solutions to aboveground plant problems more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
Enzyme silences virus-like sequences more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
How ethane-consuming archaea pick up their favorite dish more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
How children integrate information more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
The earthworm in new light more
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics
An appetizer to the all-sky banquet more
MPI for Brain Research
Wiring up neural circuits at subcellular precision more
MPI for Developmental Biology
A roadmap of rapid species evolution more

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