Focus on Europe

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]


Patrick Cramer appointed new President-elect of the Max Planck Society as of June 2023

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 more

One molecule away from magic

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 more

Three new Dioscuri Centres to be launched in Krakow, Poland

Two life scientists and a mathematician succeed in the fourth call against a strong field of applicants from around the world

Multi-million euro grants from Brussels

12 Max Planck researchers win coveted ERC Advanced Grants more

"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 more

portrait of Christian Marxsen

What options are there for holding those accountable who are responsible for the Ukraine war? In an interview, International Law expert Christian Marxsen explains which courts are responsible and what the impact of a guilty verdict over the perpetrators might be more

Call for Peace

More than 100 Nobel Laureates from various disciplines are calling for peace in the face of the war in Ukraine emanating from Russian soil. They have signed a declaration initiated by the Max Planck Society and supported by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. more

Otto Hahn and the Mainau Declaration

Otto Hahn and the Mainau Declaration of 1955 more

Statement by the President of the Max Planck Society

Martin Stratmann on the war against Ukraine more

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