Researchers have discovered vast amounts of sugars underneath seagrass meadows. An image of the Milky Way`s black hole

“A wonderful confirmation of our observations”

Reinhard Genzel of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics on the first image of the galactic centre more

Black holes

News, interviews, videos and podcasts: current reporting on the mass monsters in the universe and in the centre of our Milky Way galaxy more

Research news

Asteroid treasure in the Hubble archive
The data of the space telescope contain the traces of many unknown celestial bodies

First Rays of Sunlight for Sunrise III
The ballon-borne observatory has reached an important milestone

How the black rat colonised Europe twice
New research reveals how the black rat colonised Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods

Help for Ukraine

Max Planck Partner Groups
We offer Ukrainian postdocs to lead a research group in Ukraine or, if they had to flee due to the war, to continue their research abroad

Cooperation and Mobility Grant
The EIRENE Fellowships support Ukrainian researchers working in Ukraine in cooperation with a Max Planck Institute

"Stand with Ukraine": A demonstrator holds up a sign at a rally in support of the Ukraine.
"We are facing special challenges," emphasised President Stratmann at today's meeting of the Senate, at which he further detailed accommodation options and a special fund for Ukrainian scientists

Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19-related research by the Max Planck Society
Max Planck researchers are working on vaccines and drugs against the corona virus and are making forecasts on how the pandemic will develop

retina organoid
Coronavirus not only infects the human retina, but can also replicate in it

Booster for immune protection after Corona infection
Dortmund research initiative proves benefit of vaccination after recovery from Covid-19

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Artemis Mentorship Programme
Exchange experiences, learn from others, develop career prospects. This is what our mentorship programme offers to mentors at Max Planck Institutes and mentees at African universities

Dioscuri Programme: Call for proposals in the Czech Republic
Up to three Dioscuri Centres will be funded

Job Offers

PostDoc / Staff Scientist (m/f/d) | Proteomics Core Facility

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg
May 17, 2022

PhD student or Postdoc position (m/f/d) | X-ray spectroscopy

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr
May 17, 2022

Student assistant (m/f/d) | Visualizations of the Heavens working group

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
May 16, 2022


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Videos and Events

How we explore the Sun

How we explore the Sun

The Sunrise III Mission starts in summer 2022. The ballon-borne observatory has now reached an important milestone
Flight and trauma

Flight and trauma

Video March 18, 2022
Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life. Now with Ukrainian subtitles
Covid-19: from vaccination to medication

Covid-19: from vaccination to medication

Three pioneering experts - Uğur Şahin, Tzachi Pilpel & Patrick Cramer - discussed the future of fighting Covid-19.on Nov 11, 2021
Optogenetics briefly explained

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
Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Four questions for Raisa Sherif

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.
Spot On - Rosalia Engchuan

Spot On - Rosalia Engchuan

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

Parrots help others to find food

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.

From the Institutes

MPI for Astronomy
Cosmic dust clouds in 3D more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
First 3D snapshot of the CCAN protein complex more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, et al.
Microbial Juggling more
MPI of Animal Behavior
Wealth inequality plagues animal societies too more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Hormonal teamplay in trees more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Finding new weapons in nature`s battlesites more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, et al.
Reconstruction of a central [Fe]-Hydrogenase Metallocofactor in a test tube more
MPI for the Science of Human History
DIY Digital Archaeology more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
Structure of the kinetochore corona revealed more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Neighborhood watch in tissues more
MPI for Plant Breeding Research
Roots stiffen up to stop growth more
MPI for the Science of Human History
Smells like ancient society more
MPI for Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
Grace celebrates anniversary more
MPI for Biological Cybernetics
Estimating the pace of change more
MPI for Biological Cybernetics
Prefrontal cortex involved in conscious vision more
MPI for Plant Breeding Research
The independence of pollen grains is a matter of energy more

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