Fish are his passion. Alex Jordan wants to know why they do what they do. An interview with the behavioural biologist

A fish on its way to new shores

When the glaciers melted at the end of the last Ice Age and new lakes were formed, sticklebacks from the sea found new habitats in them. Ice-age bones reveal how the fish adapted more

Innate or learned?

Behavioural biology examines the behaviour of humans and animals and investigates which behaviour is innate and which skills are learned in the course of life. An overview of our research. more


Milk enabled massive steppe migration

September 16, 2021
Already in the Bronze Age, pastoralists covered long distances across the Eurasian steppes - presumably thanks to their consumption of milk

Balzan Prize 2021 for Alessandra Buonanno

September 13, 2021
The director at the Max Planck Institute für Gravitational Physics is awarded in the field of "Gravitation: physical and astrophysical aspects".

How land birds cross the open ocean

September 08, 2021
Migrating birds choose routes with the best wind and uplift conditions, helping them to fly nonstop for hundreds of kilometers over the sea

Corona update

Prior exposure to common cold coronaviruses enhances immune response to SARS-CoV-2

August 31, 2021
Scientists observe cross-immunity against the coronavirus

Face masks protect us, but disguise feelings

August 26, 2021
A thorough understanding could help to counteract the impaired recognition of emotions

Molecular mechanisms of Covid-19 drug candidate Molnupiravir unraveled

August 16, 2021
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the Julius Maximilians University Würzburg have elucidated the underlying molecular mechanisms by which the antiviral compound Molnupiravir blocks the replication of the coronavirus in the event of infection.

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Partner Groups

More than 70 Partner Groups exist worldwide. They are a useful instrument in the joint promotion of early career researchers with countries interested in strengthening their research through international cooperation. 

Significant increase in applications for Max Planck Schools

April 12, 2021
The Max Planck Schools as a joint initiative of German universities and non-university research institutions continue to gain visibility

Job Offers

Head of Administration for the new Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior – caesar (m/f/d)

Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society, Munich
September 18, 2021

Applied Econometrician (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich
September 16, 2021

Two Postdoctoral Positions | Infrared / Submillimeter Astrophysics

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
September 15, 2021

PhD positions at Max Planck Graduate Center for Quantum Materials

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
September 15, 2021


Videos and Events

Water - more expensive than gold

The Max Planck Symposium is an intensive, two-day career conference from September 23 to 24 serving as a platform to connect international Max Planck Alumni and Max Planck Early Career Researchers of all disciplines and Institutes

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.

From the Institutes

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 Terrestrial Microbiology, et al.
Wired for efficiency: How methanogenic microbes manage electrons more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
The first programmable photocatalyst more
MPI for the Science of Human History, et al.
Prehistoric climate change repeatedly channelled human migrations across Arabia more
MPI for Biogeochemistry
Tropical rainforests are differently vulnerable more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Central European prehistory was highly dynamic more
MPI of Neurobiology
Flawed quality control in the brain more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Shedding light on past human histories more
MPI of Neurobiology
The complex task of staying on course more
MPI for Developmental Biology
Humboldt Fellow Inès Pons sheds light on bacterial symbioses more
MPI for Plant Breeding Research
Plant microbiota are adapted to their host species more
MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology
The molecular memory of plants more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
There seems no room for new bacteria on sand grains more

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