The Max Planck director is honoured for his observations of the black hole in the galactic center

Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Emmanuelle Charpentier

Charpentier, Scientific and Managing Director of the newly established Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin, receives the prize for her groundbreaking work on the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. more

Reinhard Genzel receives the Nobel Prize for Physics

Genzel, director at the Max Planck at the Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics is honoured for his observations of the black hole in the galactic center. more


World record resolution in cryo electron microscopy

October 21, 2020

Novel technique developed by Max Planck researchers in Göttingen visualizes individual atoms in a protein with cryo electron microscopy for the first time

Open Access publishing in Nature

October 20, 2020

German institutions to benefit from first transformative agreement for Nature starting in 2021

From fluffy to valuable

October 16, 2020

To recognise a chair or a dog, our brain separates objects into their individual properties and then puts them back together. Until recently, it has remained unclear what these properties are

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PhD researcher (f/m/d) | Dynamic Locomotion

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart site, Stuttgart
October 23, 2020

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Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich
October 23, 2020

Computational Scientist or HPC application expert (m/f/d)

Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF), Garching
October 22, 2020


Videos and Events

Berlin Science Week 2020


The Max Planck Society will highlight people and research projects of four Max Planck Institutes as part of the program which this year becomes a global virtual showcase, with free digital access for everyone. From November 9 to 10, 2020

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

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.

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.

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 Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
Super heavyweight and flyweight in a cosmic dance more
MPI for Astronomy
The archaeology of the Milky Way more
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Happiness and the evolution of brain size more
MPI of Neurobiology
The right cells in the right spot more
MPI for Astronomy
Earth-like Planets often come with a bodyguard more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
What lies between grey and white in the brain more
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics
Stars and Planets Grow Up Together as Siblings more
MPI for Solar System Research
Flattening of a snowman more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
The line of succession more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Innate lymphoid cells regenerate within lung more
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
A peek inside a cellular antenna more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Whiteflies detoxify plant defenses more
MPI for Astronomy
Encounter of generations in the heart of the Galaxy more
MPI for Marine Microbiology, et al.
Water at the end of the tunnel more
MPI of Neurobiology
An optical illusion opens a window into the brain more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Social Networking at the Cellular Gateway more
MPI of Biochemistry
New therapeutic approach against leukemia more

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