The current corona crisis poses enormous challenges to our society and to states worldwide. What contribution can science make to overcome this crisis? On this topic page we collect contributions from various research fields at Max Planck Institutes, all of which are related to corona.

Immune boost against the coronavirus

March 21, 2020

In Germany, a vaccine candidate will be tested for its effectiveness against infections with the novel corona virus

Borders in the time of COVID-19

April 04, 2020

In her essay, Max Planck Director Ayelet Shachar describes how governments in western countries are increasingly trying to control access to their territories from a distance and monitor the mobility of their own citizens

“We don’t just want to sit on the couch”

April 03, 2020

Daniel Calovi, a postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Animal Behaviour at the department "Collectve Behaviour" of Iain Couzin, is a co-founder of the project “crowdfight covid19”. An initiative from the scientific community to put all available resources at the service of the fight against COVID-19


ERC Advanced Grants for six Max Planck researchers

April 02, 2020

Research Council ERC awards grants of up to 2.5 million euros each

Lucy had an ape-like brain

April 01, 2020

Three million year old brain imprints show that Australopithecus afarensis infants may have had a long dependence on caregivers

A chemical factory for all cases

March 19, 2020

Radial synthesis breaks new ground for chemical research and production

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Videos and Events

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 Solar System Research
BepiColombo: Upcoming Earth Flyby more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Babies retain even detailed events during a nap more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Human ancestors may have regularly climbed trees more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Stroke: When the system fails for the second time more
MPI for Demographic Research
Gender equality does not always lead to equal health more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Sugar brings a lot of carbon dioxide into the deeper sea more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Receptors for the immune defence more
MPI of Biophysics
Muscle cells need calcium ions more
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry
Command and control in the cellular fatty acid factory more
MPI for Solar System Research
Turbulent convection at the heart of stellar activity more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
How curved are your bones? more
MPI for Chemistry
Humans transport dangerous smoke residues indoors more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Microcensus in Bacteria more
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Controlling organ size and shape more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Fortified flea beetles more
Max Planck Innovation
Quench Bio closes financing more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
What Galapagos finches and marine bacteria have in common more

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