From 1 July 2020 the Max Planck Society has three new Vice Presidents: Asifa Akhtar, Ulman Lindenberger and Klaus Blaum are now part of the Executive Board, which advises President Martin Stratmann and prepares important decisions for the Society

Lise Meitner Excellence Program

Introducing the Lise Meitner group leaders 2020 and their research projects more

An incentive for young scientists

The Max Planck Society honoures up to 30 young scientists and researchers each year with the Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements more

Max Planck Society Yearbook Highlights

Where do we stand and where are we going? A selection of scientific works from our Yearbook 2019 more

Annual Report of the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society in facts and figures. The current annual report is available for download more


An early warning system for earthquakes?

July 03, 2020

Continuously observing animals with motion sensors could improve earthquake prediction

Electrons in the fast lane

July 02, 2020

Microscopic structures could further improve perovskite solar cells

3D printed Damascus steel

June 25, 2020

A composite material with metal layers of varying hardness can be produced through clever temperature variation

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Using Epo against Covid-19

July 03, 2020

The doping agent erythropoietin could attenuate severe progression of COVID-19

Young, but vulnerable to Covid-19

June 24, 2020

Due to widespread pre-existing health conditions, Covid-19 may also affect young people in countries of the Global South.

Covid-19 lockdown reveals human impact on wildlife

June 22, 2020

An international team of scientists is investigating how animals are responding to reduced levels of human activity during the Covid-19 pandemic

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Max Planck Schools

Interdisciplinary supervision by excellent mentors and attractive financial assistance: The Max Planck Schools target ambitious Bachelor or Master graduates from all over the world. Apply now!

Innovative training programmes for Phd students

Talented German and foreign junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions

Job Offers

Student Assistants (Hiwi) (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin
July 08, 2020

PhD position (m/f/d) - Modeling / Virus Dynamics / Systems Biology

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg
July 08, 2020

Postdoctoral Research Associate (m/f/d) "Machine Learning for Cancer Therapy"

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg
July 08, 2020

PhD Student Position (m/f/d) "Computational (Bio)-Catalyst Design"

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg
July 08, 2020


Videos and Events

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.

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.

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.

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018

Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

The school for T Cells

Video August 17, 2017

The lamprey has no thymus gland. Max Planck scientist Thomas Böhm wants to know how it copes with bacteria and viruses.


Video May 04, 2017

In principle, almost any encryption key can be broken - all you need is the right computing power. The situation is different, however, with quantum cryptography. Gerd Leuchs is researching this encryption technology of the future.

Climate: how the earth breathes

Video February 06, 2017

Researchers understand Earth’s climate system very accurately by now. For a long time, however, an important piece of the puzzle remained very elusive - the role played by vegetation and soils.

MaxPlanck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology


Interfaces of matter and life are the focus of the new Max Planck Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology. Prof. Imre Berger from Bristol University explains the topic.

From the Institutes

MPI for Molecular Genetics
Quick notes in the genome more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
Put into the right light – sustainable coupling reactions more
Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)
Measuring the brain more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Researchers are watching the brain memorizing rooms more
MPI for Biology of Ageing
A balancing act between immunity and longevity more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
In nature, chimpanzees are more motivated to cooperate than bonobos more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Neandertal genes in the petri dish more
MPI for Intelligent Systems
More realistic avatars than ever more
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society
Molecular spectroscopy in the data age more
Max Planck Innovation
Launch of Start-up QLi5 Therapeutics more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Research links personality traits to toilet paper stockpiling more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Statistical analyses of plant metabolites more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Vegetarians are slimmer and less extroverted than meat eaters more
MPI for Astronomy
From dust to, possibly, life more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Fruitfly mothers pass epigenetic changes to their offspring more
MPI of Biochemistry, et al.
Cancer drug enters Phase I study more

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