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, 2018), 5 institutes and one research facility are situated abroad.


The Max Planck Society employed a total of 23,425 staff as of 31 December 2017, comprising 20,383 contractually employed individuals, 1,199 scholarship holders as well as 1,843 guest scientists. Of the 20,383 contractually employed individuals, 6,772 individuals were employed as Directors, Research Group Leaders or Scientific Research Assistants. Scientists account for 33.2 percent of all contractual employed individuals.

During 2017, total of 15,650 junior and guest scientists were active in the Max Planck Society. This group comprises: student and scientific assistants, bachelor scholarship holders, doctoral students, postdocs, research scholarship holders and guest scientists.

As of December 31, 2017, the proportion of female employees was 44.8 %; of these, around 31.6 % were scientific employees and 55.9 % were non-scientific staff members.

Among the scientists, the proportion of those from abroad was 50,9 % – 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, 2017, 29,8 % 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 1,7 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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