Nobel Prize in Physics 2023 for Ferenc Krausz

The scientist from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics is honoured for his contributions to attosecond physics more

How short is an attosecond?

An attosecond is a billionth of a billionth of a second. Hard to imagine? This animation describes it vividly more

The making of a quantum movie

Electrons hold the world together. When chemical reactions yield new substances, they play a leading role. And in electronics, too, they are the protagonists more

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Advent Calendar 2023
It's that time of the year again! Each day until December 24, you can open a door of our online advent calendar to marvel at stunning images of science and find fascinating research information. Be prepared to be amazed and enjoy browsing!
Hard to drug
Protein droplets reveal new ways to inhibit transcription factors in an aggressive form of prostate cancer
A group of penguins sitting and standing on rocky terrain at the seashore. Some of the penguins have their eyes closed.
Nesting chinstrap penguins in Antarctica take 4-second nap thousands of times a day - a strategy that enables them to get around 11 hours sleep a day.


vfl. Amelie Heuer-Jungemann, Benjamin Vernot,, Tristan Wagner and Matthias Fischer
Four Max Planck projects secure the ERC Consolidator Grants 2023
The path to a doctorate
When it comes to training and supporting doctoral students, Max Planck institutes have a wealth of experience to call on. They cooperate closely with the universities through which the doctorates are officially awarded.

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Servicepersonal Medienherstellung (m/w/d)

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden
December 08, 2023

Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) | Chromatin Regulation

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg
December 06, 2023


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Evaluation - The procedures of the Max Planck Society
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Lise Meitner Excellence Program 2021
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Annual Report 2022 of the Max Planck Society
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Research is calling - We promote pioneers in science
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MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
The enzyme with the iron heart more
MPI of Animal Behavior
Orangutan male success: not by dominance alone more
MPI for Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
For whom the black hole rings more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Revisiting gene dosage more
MPI for Astronomy
The fluffy atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Heart over head? Stages of the heart’s cycle affect neural responses more
MPI of Psychiatry
Genetic variants influence stress response more
MPI for Gravitational Physics (Hannover)
Extreme stars in the Milky Way more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
How our brain processes language over time more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Vesicles exchange genetic information between cells in the sea more
MPI for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Fatty acid factory filmed at work more
MPI for Radio Astronomy
Matter and light revolve around a black hole more
MPI for Marine Microbiology, et al.
Bacteria use organic phosphorus and release methane more
MPI for Brain Research
Diversity of brain synapses more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Individual decision-making in a pandemic more
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics
Flaring in the Galactic Center more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Deceiving cancer to facilitate treatment more


Cell droplet research

Cell droplet research

A new hope for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases / A film about the research of Anthony Hyman, who was awarded with the Koerber Prize 2022 and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences 2023
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.

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