The Max Planck Society is a non-profit research organization. It is supported by a very special circle of friends: the Supporting Members.
Over 400 Personal Supporting Members (individuals) as well as about 250 Corporative Supporting Members (companies, legal representatives and associations) support the Max Planck Society in a variety of ways.
As multipliers or advocates, our members inform about our concerns. In the interest of the Max Planck Society, they represent us in the public arena and support science and research in society at large.
Annual Donation Projects
Every year, in addition to their membership fees, our Supporting Members donate to projects. With their support, they enable us to implement selected topics on our agenda for which funds would otherwise not be available. Take a glance at the recently supported projects, below:
Role and function of our members
Our Supporting Members have an essential and active role: they have a seat and a vote in the Annual General Assembly. As the highest organiszational body, the General Assembly elects the members of the Senate, the most important decision-making body of the Max Planck Society.
Since we are largely financed by public funds from the German federal and state governments, our private-law organizational form as a registered non-profit research organization guarantees our scientific autonomy. Thus, the Supporting Members also ensure our freedom of research.
The Supporting Members are also part of the Max Planck Community: multiple access and dialog formats are open to them. Depending on their personal interests or professional focus, they have exclusive access to our Max Planck Institutes, where speakers on specific research approaches and topics can also be arranged.