Advent calendar: stunning images of science 

It's that time of the year again! Each day until December 24, you can open a door of our online advent calendar to marvel at stunning images of science and find fascinating research information. Be prepared to be amazed and enjoy browsing! Advent calendar: stunning images of science 

Research News

monk parakeet in a tree
Study is the first to document dialect differences in a parrot across its European range
vfl. Amelie Heuer-Jungemann, Benjamin Vernot,, Tristan Wagner and Matthias Fischer
Four Max Planck projects secure the ERC Consolidator Grants 2023
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

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
Electrons hold the world together. When chemical reactions yield new substances, they play a leading role. And in electronics, too, they are the protagonists


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 Position (m/f/d) | Coded Objects

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max Planck Institute, Florence, Italy
November 29, 2023

Research Assistants (f/m/d) interested in pursuing a doctorate

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg
November 29, 2023

PhD Position (f/m/d) | Partners in Crime: Understanding peer offending through virtual reality

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg
November 29, 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 of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Revisiting gene dosage more
MPI for Astronomy
The fluffy atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Heart over head? Stages of the heart’s cycle affect neural responses more
MPI of Psychiatry
Genetic variants influence stress response more
MPI for Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
Extreme stars in the Milky Way more
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


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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