Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures

International cooperations

Max Planck institutes operate as a worldwide network based on international cooperations and projects. The Max Planck institutes are involved in more than 2,500 projects with  5,000 international partners in more than 100 countries. International cooperations promote scientific performance and productivity; they create a scientific added value, and in many research fields make it possible to actually achieve a critical mass.

(Reference year: 2016)

Foreign personnel in the Max Planck Society

  • 33,5 per cent of the staff (23,000) is from abroad
  • 35 per cent of the Max Planck directors are foreign citizens
  • post docs are the most international with a foreign contingent of 72.7 per cent
  • 55,7 per cent of the doctoral students come from abroad

(Reference year: 2016)

Junior and visiting scientists in the Max Planck Society

Approximately 15,400 junior and visiting scientists worked in the Max Planck Society over different periods in 2016. This group includes: student and scientific assistants, holders of scholarships for bachelor degrees, doctoral students, post-doctoral students, research grantees and visiting scientists. 56,5 per cent were foreign citizens. They are not only a valuable addition for the scientific work undertaken at the institutes, they also make it possible to build an international network. For the post docs, junior and visiting scientists themselves, a period spent at a Max Planck institute is invariably a valuable step in individual qualification and career development – a win-win situation for both sides.

(Reference year: 2016)

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