Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

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The Max Planck Society is a non-profit organization under private law in the form of a registered association. Its highest-ranking decision-making body is the Senate. Its members come from major sectors of academic and public life.

The Max Planck Society's Administrative Headquarters with the President's Office are located in Munich.


There are 84 institutes and research facilities (as of January 1, 2017), 5 institutes and one research facility are situated abroad.


As of December 31, 2016, the Max Planck Society employed a total of 22,995 staff, of whom 14,036 were scientists, which represents nearly 61 percent of the total number of employees. This includes Directors, Max Planck Research Group leader, academic staff members, postdoctoral students, PhD students, student and graduate assistants, postdoctoral students, visiting scientists, and so research fellowship holders.

This group comprises largely junior scientists: at the beginning of the year, approx. 5,800 Ph.D. students and student and graduate assistants spent a stage of their career at the Max Planck Society. Non-academic personnel includes technical and admin staff as well as apprentices and trainees.

As of December 31, 2016, the proportion of female employees was 44.3%; of these, around 30.9% were scientific employees and 55.1 % were non-scientific staff members

Among the scientists, the proportion of those from abroad was 47% – this high proportion can be attributed to the fact the International Max Planck Research Schools particularly recruit international Ph.D. students and that a high number of visiting scientists come from abroad. As of December 31, 2016, 27% of all of the employees were foreign nationals.


The financing of the Max Planck Society is predominantly comprised of basic financing from the public sector, in the year 2017 the MPG is financed to approximately 1,8 billion euros.

In addition, the Max Planck Society and its Institutes receive third party project funding from public and private contributions and from the European Union. The federal and state governments jointly provide the subsidies for the budget of the Max Planck Society.


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