Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 12 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year


Why remdesivir does not fully stop the coronavirus

January 13, 2021
New results explain why the drug that has been approved in Europe and the United Statehas has a rather weak effect

Munich Quantum Valley – a leap forward for quantum science and technology

January 12, 2021
Minister President Söder and the Presidents of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Ludwig Maximilian University, the MPG, and TUM sign declaration of intent

First human culture lasted 20,000 years longer than thought

January 11, 2021
Some 11 thousand years ago, Africa’s furthest west harboured the last populations to preserve tool-making traditions first established by the earliest members of our species

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Videos and Events

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 of Molecular Plant Physiology
Getting shapes into numbers more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Plants toxins – between autotoxicity and defense more
MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids
A charge-density-wave topological semimetal more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Expanding the boundaries of CO2 fixation more
MPI of Neurobiology
Tracing the many paths of vision more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Ancient DNA sheds light on the peopling of the Mariana Islands more
MPI of Psychiatry
microRNA involved in the development of depression more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Molecular time travel more
MPI of Psychiatry
Mice under stress more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Tackling metabolic complexity more
MPI for Brain Research
Proteins in motion more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
The right tune for blood more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Do antidepressants help women after a stroke? more

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