Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

The Max Planck Society (MPG) is an independent, non-profit research organisation named after the world-famous physicist Max Planck (1858–1947). With its focus on basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences, the MPG complements research projects at universities.

The MPG is well-known for its excellence in research. Since it was established in 1948, eighteen MPG researchers have received the Nobel Prize. Stefan W. Hell, director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, received the renowned award in 2014 (Nobel Prize in Chemistry).

Organisational Details

Approx. 22,200 people (scholarship holders and staff) are employed at the MPG. The MPG headquarters is located in Munich.

Facts and Figures

  • 83 research institutes (5 institutes and 1 branch abroad)

  • Approx. 22,200 staff (including 13,300 researchers, scholarship holders and visiting researchers), 47% of the researchers come from outside Germany (2016)

  • Annual budget: approx. 1.8 billion euros (public funding 2016)

Research Activities

Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the interest of the public. The fields of research are natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Some institutes also perform services for university research, providing equipment and facilities to researchers, such as telescopes, large-scale equipment, specialised libraries and documentary resources.

International Cooperation

Max Planck Institutes frequently build international networks to create the critical mass for specific research topics. The fact that MPG researchers are highly sought-after and appreciated as esteemed research partners worldwide is evidenced by the fact that there were approx. 5,600 international visiting and junior researchers at Max Planck Institutes and roughly 4,500 ongoing international research projects with more than 5,000 partners in over 120 countries around the world in 2016.

As a research partner, the MPG collaborates with numerous institutes and multinational research facilities outside Germany.

Research Budget

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The MPG budget amounts to approx. 1.8 billion euros (2016). The MPG is primarily financed out of public funds from the Federal Government and the states (Länder). It also receives third-party project funding from public and private bodies as well as the European Union.

Contact

Firm

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Address

Hofgartenstraße 8

80539 München

Germany

Telephone

work Phone
+49 89 2108-0

URL

Website
www.mpg.de
Jobs at the Max Planck Society

Jobs at the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society focuses on basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences. Details of research grants and job vacancies for junior researchers can be found in the central Max Planck Society database or on the websites of the over 80 Max Planck Institutes. www.mpg.de > Jobboard Jobs at the Max Planck Society

Overview of International Max Planck Research Schools

Overview of International Max Planck Research Schools

International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRSs) enable talented junior researchers to complete a doctorate in an excellent research environment. There are currently 60 IMPRSs, of which 26 are in the chemistry, physics and technology section, 23 in the biology and medicine section and 11 in the humanities, social sciences and human sciences section. The research schools work closely with universities and other research institutions, also outside Germany. www.mpg.de > International Max Planck Research Schools Overview of International Max Planck Research Schools

Max Planck Society on YouTube

Max Planck Society on YouTube

You will find videos produced by the Max Planck Society here. www.youtube.com > Max Planck Society Max Planck Society on YouTube

Max Planck Research

Max Planck Research

You can access the e-paper edition of the renowned science magazine Max Planck Research on the Internet: www.mpg.de > Research Magazine Max Planck Research