Development work with a clear perspective

The Euclid space telescope contains technology from two Max Planck Institutes more

Putting the universe to the test

New computer simulation of the universe as a promising multitool more

Nobelprize in Physics

Nobel Prize in Physics 2023 for Ferenc Krausz
The scientist from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics is honoured for his contributions to attosecond physics
How short is an attosecond?
An attosecond is a billionth of a billionth of a second. Hard to imagine? This animation describes it vividly
The making of a quantum movie
lectrons hold the world together. When chemical reactions yield new substances, they play a leading role. And in electronics, too, they are the protagonists

Research News

No evidence for widespread transmission of viruses by African bats
Contrary to what is often reported, only one species is known to have transmitted pathogens to humans
Cell-free quest for new antibiotics
A new method combines synthetic biology with artificial intelligence
Illustration of a cell with its various components. The protein-protein interactions, in other words the social network of proteins, are represented by the red, orange and green lines. The corner points of the connections each symbolize an investigated protein in the cell.
A research team maps the entire protein network architecture of a cell

About us

Peter Gruss was President of the Max Planck Society from 2002 to 2014.
The Japanese government awards the former Max-Planck and OIST President the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, one of Japan's highest national honours, in recognition of his contributions to Japanese science
The three Dioscuri leaders from the left: Helena Reichlova, Barbora Špačková and Peter Fabian. © Rene Volfik - FZU, Aykut Argun, Markéta Křížová
Two physicists and a developmental biologist will head the three new Dioscuri Centres in the Czech Republic.
Pioneers of Science
The Nobel Prize is often dubbed the Oscar of science. In the Max Planck Society, 31 researchers have been honoured with the iconic award. To commemorate its anniversary, the MPG is showcasing a Digital Story and an exhibition delving into the significant scientific breakthroughs both in the present and the past.


This year's ERC Synergy Grantees of the Max Planck Society
The scientists and their research teams receive around 40 million euros in funding for their work
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.

Job Offers

Postdoctoral positions (m/f/d) | Observational Cosmology in the ERC Funded Project “DarkQuest”

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
November 28, 2023

PostDoc (m/f/d) | Cancer Evolution

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön
November 27, 2023

Research Technician / Molecular Biologist (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen, Tübingen
November 27, 2023


MaxPlanckResearch 2/2023: Focus – World shaking
Evaluation - The procedures of the Max Planck Society
Living and working in Germany
Lise Meitner Excellence Program 2021
Connection to the World
Yearbook Highlights 2022
Annual Report 2022 of the Max Planck Society
MaxPlanckResearch 1/2023: Safety and Security
75 years Max Planck Society
Research is calling - We promote pioneers in science
Talent Companion

From the Institutes

MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
How our brain processes language over time more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Vesicles exchange genetic information between cells in the sea more
MPI for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Fatty acid factory filmed at work more
MPI for Radio Astronomy
Matter and light revolve around a black hole more
MPI for Marine Microbiology, et al.
Bacteria use organic phosphorus and release methane more
MPI for Brain Research
Diversity of brain synapses more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Individual decision-making in a pandemic more
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics
Flaring in the Galactic Center more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Deceiving cancer to facilitate treatment more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Wild chimpanzees show capacity to combine meanings within utterances more
MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology
Plant stem cells put up a fight against viruses more
MPI for Solid State Research
A new tool to read the secret language of cells more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Small protein, big impact more
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics
Voracious stellar embryos more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Epigenetic regulator drives mitochondrial metabolism 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 awarded with the Koerber Prize 2022 and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences 2023
Flight and trauma

Flight and trauma

Video March 18, 2022
Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life. Now with Ukrainian subtitles
Covid-19: from vaccination to medication

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 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
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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