Two Nobel Prizes in two days: this year's Nobel Prize for Physics goes to Klaus Hasselmann, emeritus director at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology; the Nobel Prize for Chemistry to Benjamin List from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung.

Physics Nobel Prize for Klaus Hasselmann

Klaus Hasselmann, founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, receives the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 together with Syukuro Manabe (USA) and Giorgio Parisi (Italy) more

The human imprint in meteorological background noise

The statistical model with which global warming can be attributed to increasing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere was developed by former Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Klaus Hasselmann, who will be receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 for his work more

Chemistry Nobel Prize for Benjamin List

Benjamin List, Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung is honoured with the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with David MacMillan (USA) more

A perspective for life

The discovery that small organic molecules are excellent catalysts makes Ben List, Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, one of the pioneers of a new research field in chemistry. A portrait of the director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and 2021 Nobel laureate in chemistry more


"Knowledge can save species"

October 13, 2021
Walter Jetz and Martin Wikelski explain in an interview why species conservation receives less attention than climate protection

To each Max Planck Institute its own biotope

October 13, 2021
The Biodiversum at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is a flagship project for more biodiversity

Carbon from a cosmic source

October 15, 2021
Computer simulations show that binary stars produce a large amount of this vital element

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"It's a great thing"

September 30, 2021
In a special publication of DUZ Magazine, evaluator Professor Karl Max Einhäupl comments on the positive results of the interim evaluation of the three Max Planck Schools

Reconciliation of family and career

Professional challenges frequently compete with private family interests. We take the needs of our employees into account in our work culture.

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October 15, 2021

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October 14, 2021

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Videos and Events

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

The idea of World Heritage and the power of nation states

Christoph Brumann talks about his long-term observations of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and how tensions between the global North and the global South influence the awarding of World Heritage titles

Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Video March 04, 2021
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.

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

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.

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.

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018
Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

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MPI for Molecular Genetics
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MPI of Biochemistry
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MPI for Marine Microbiology
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MPI for the Science of Human History
Deep roots of the ‘Anthropocene’ can be found in tropical forests more
MPI for Heart and Lung Research
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MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
New insights into genetic inheritance in bacteria more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Early Homo sapiens groups in Europe faced subarctic climates more
MPI of Neurobiology
From amateur to expert more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
How pruning the cytoskeleton moves the cell more
MPI for Brain Research
Local supply chains in neurons more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
A separate room for essential genes more
MPI for Biology of Ageing
Fountain of youth for ageing stem cells in bone marrow more
MPI for Astronomy
Astronomers’ industrial espionage more
MPI for Heart and Lung Research
Without scars more

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