4.6 billion-year-old galaxy shines light on our universe

A distant galaxy's effects on radio waves provide clues about the formation of cosmic magnetic fields more

Stars with great attraction

They are some of the most exotic objects in space: neutron stars. Incredibly dense and only. 20 kilometers across, they rotate about their axes at breakneck speed, emitting cones of radiation out into space in the process. more


Software with smarts

April 19, 2018

A computer-aided network shows how ion channels in the membrane of neurons are able to control such wide-ranging abilities as short-term memory and brain waves


Light gets ions going

April 18, 2018

Light controlled current transport by charged atoms, now demonstrated for the first time, makes new applications conceivable


Six Max Planck researchers land lucrative EU funding

April 13, 2018

ERC awards Advanced Grants worth up to 2.5 million euros each.


Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Meeting up for summer school

Max Planck Institutes from Hamburg to Florence offer courses specifically for external participants and will reach about 900 young scientists from master’s students to postdocs this year.

Call for nominations 2018

Call for nominations 2018

The Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institutes are seeking nominations for Max Planck Director positions. Application deadline is April 30, 2018

Current Job Offers

Current Job Offers

Fancy new challenges? Here you will find current vacancies of the Max Planck Society and its institutes. Find the right job for your profile



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Videos and Events

Climate: how the earth breathes

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.

Cryptography - tap-proof through randomness

Cryptography - tap-proof through randomness

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.

The school for T Cells

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.

Cosmic Enigmas

Cosmic Enigmas


What do we know about dark matter and energy? Max Planck Forum in Berlin on April, 19 th 2018

Flight and trauma

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 Infection Biology
Activity of two genes able to predict active tuberculosis more
MPI for the Science of Human History
Oldest human fossil from Saudi Arabia discovered more
MPI of Biochemistry, et al.
Six Max Planck researchers land lucrative EU funding more
MPI for Solid State Research
Light gets ions going more
MPI for Brain Research
Software with smarts more
MPI for Psycholinguistics
Culture shapes the brain more
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