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Images of science

Science strives to make the invisible visible. Sometimes images are created that feature surprising aesthetic forms and structures: abstract works of art from a world normally hidden to the human eye.

75 years Max Planck Society

Pioneers of Science
The Nobel Prize is often dubbed the Oscar of science. In the Max Planck Society, 30 researchers have been honoured with the iconic award. To commemorate its anniversary, the MPG is showcasing a Digital Story and an exhibition delving into the significant scientific breakthroughs both in the present and the past
“Courage to implement cultural change”
An interview with Birgit Kolboske, historian at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science  about her book “Hierarchies. Gender Trouble and the Harnack Principle: Women in the Max Planck Society”
A logo and its history
From the portrait of the emperor to the goddess of wisdom - the trademark of the Max Planck Society has a varied history

Research News

Blue-pink double club with swirled structures against a black background.
With the James Webb space telescope, an international team has captured a spectacular image of the object HH211. Here, a young stellar system ejects two supersonic streams of gas, which testify to the turbulent process of star formation inside the system.
Stork flying
Carrying small sensors, they could be the most sensitive and informative weather instruments of all
Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2023
Rotem Sorek receives the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2023 and Amy Buck and Kandice Tanner are honoured with Max Planck-Humboldt Medals


The European Research Council (ERC) awards 20 Starting Grants to the Max Planck Society, ten of them to female researchers
The path to a doctorate
When it comes to training and supporting doctoral students, Max Planck institutes have a wealth of experience to call on. They cooperate closely with the universities through which the doctorates are officially awarded.

Job Offers

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Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden
September 22, 2023

Head of IT Department (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior - caesar, Bonn
September 22, 2023

Postdoctoral Researchers and PhD Students (m/f/d) | Molecular Signaling

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
September 22, 2023


Talent Companion
Research is calling - We promote pioneers in science
75 years Max Planck Society
MaxPlanckResearch 1/2023: Safety and Security
Annual Report 2022 of the Max Planck Society
Yearbook Highlights 2022
Connection to the World
Lise Meitner Excellence Program 2021
Living and working in Germany
Evaluation - The procedures of the Max Planck Society
MaxPlanckResearch 2/2023: Focus – World shaking

From the Institutes

MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Probing the deep genetic structure of Africa more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Behavior is the secret to success for a range expansion more
MPI of Molecular Physiology
Career choice in stem cells: Predetermined or self-selected? more
MPI of Psychiatry
A closer look at cognition more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Tracking down the formation of cardenolides in plants more
MPI for Human Development
Socioeconomic inequality in children’s epigenetics more
MPI for Radio Astronomy
A Smoking Gun for Supermassive Binaries in Active Galactic Nuclei more
Icarus, et al.
Movement sensors can detect disease in wild boar more
MPI of Animal Behavior
Unlocking the secrets of animal groups more
MPI of Biochemistry
"Radar" detects active cellular destroyers more
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
A map to study the behavior of early pancreas cells more
MPI for Biological Intelligence (Martinsried site), et al.
Thrush Nightingales, Territoriality and Testosterone more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Division of labor affects the risk of infection more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Unlocking the secrets of cell antennas more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Functional brain organisation altered in autism more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Viruses glue RNA to proteins more


Cell droplet research

Cell droplet research

A new hope for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases / A film about the research of Anthony Hyman, who was awarded with the Koerber Prize 2022 and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences 2023
Flight and trauma

Flight and trauma

Video March 18, 2022
Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life. Now with Ukrainian subtitles
Covid-19: from vaccination to medication

Covid-19: from vaccination to medication

Three pioneering experts - Uğur Şahin, Tzachi Pilpel & Patrick Cramer - discussed the future of fighting Covid-19.on Nov 11, 2021
Optogenetics briefly explained

Optogenetics briefly explained

Optogenetics is a relatively new field that uses light to control genetically modified cells. It is based on light-activated membrane proteins, such as bacteriorhodopsin or channelrhodopsin, that are built into nerve cells
Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Raisa Sherif,  now a senior research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, talks about her work, what advice she has for girls who want to become researchers, and the challenges of becoming a researcher.

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