Focus on Europe
A long-standing Max Planck Society focal point
Nowhere does the Max Planck Society maintain such strong networks as in Europe: over a third of the more than 9000 international guest and early career researchers are from EU countries. In addition to long-term bilateral exchange relationships, the Max Planck Society takes part in collaborative EU projects and is committed to a dynamic, balanced development of the European Research Area oriented towards excellence.
Bilateral collaborations and networks
The International Relations Unit in the Administrative Headquarters is responsible for bilateral collaboration with EU partners. These networks are of outstanding importance in terms of global competition: the Max Planck Society and its partners not only contribute towards the scientific performance of the continent; their own development also benefits from the EU’s infrastructure and networking opportunities. Close scientific relationships, some of which have been built up over several decades, have been established with excellent research facilities, especially in the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland. [More]
Scientific excellence in Central and Eastern Europe
The Max Planck Society developed the Dioscuri Programme to address the performance gap between Western and Eastern Europe. This is a competitive funding programme, financed by the German Federal Government and the governments of the partner countries, whose purpose is to provide support to enable outstanding researchers to establish internationally competitive research groups. The initial focus is on Polish universities and scientific institutes. [More]
Staff Unit – Brussels Office
The task of the Brussels Office is to observe, analyse and evaluate EU research policy developments and to help shape them in the interests of the Max Planck Society and its Institutes. In doing so, this staff unit helps to ensure that EU research programmes reflect the interests of the various Max Planck Institutes. To be able to lobby in the interest of the Max Planck Society, the Brussels Office also maintains strategic relations with the relevant EU institutions, especially with the EU Parliament and the EU Commission, but also with the EU Council (BMBF), research funding associations (Science Europe), and other stakeholders. [More]
Alban Mariette from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam is researching how plants construct their cell walls. He went to Australia as part of the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Program (MelPoPP). Here, he shares details of his experiences during the lockdown period and about his work-life balance as a PhD student.
Researcher Eduardo Sampaio of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Constance sailed around the Cape Verde coast aboard the Captain Darwin. He talks about a diverse but endangered underwater world, the mating behavior of octopuses, and how it is also possible to play a game of cat and mouse with fish.
Andrea Müller from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology has been studying plants that live symbiotically with ants in Peru. Below, she shares her enthusiasm for the rainforest and how, in addition to the coronavirus, protesting coca farmers can jeopardize scientific field work.
Shambhavi Priyam of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods is coordinating an information campaign in northeast India in order to protect people from arsenic-contaminated well water. She reports on culinary delights, the slow wheels of the Indian bureaucracy, and celebrating her birthday in the midst of a pandemic.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has informed the Max Planck Society that it wishes to transfer the Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, which is fully financed by the Grand Duchy, to the University of Luxembourg over a transitional period of three to four years, i.e. until the retirement of the two directors currently in office.
At its meeting on 23 June 2022 in Berlin, the Max Planck Society’s Senate appointed Patrick Cramer as new President-elect of the Max Planck Society for the term of office from 2023 to 2029
With the live talk between Nobel Laureate Benjamin List and Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim, the 73rd Max Planck Society Meeting in Berlin draws to a close
Flore Kunst, Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, about the pioneering feminist and women’s suffrage activist Aletta Jacobs, the first female doctor in the Netherlands and a leading figure in the Dutch and international women's movement
Two life scientists and a mathematician succeed in the fourth call against a strong field of applicants from around the world
12 Max Planck researchers win coveted ERC Advanced Grants