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About the Max Planck Society
For more than half a century, the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science has represented outstanding research into the fundamental aspects of life, natural, and social sciences, and has enjoyed an excellent reputation both within Germany and internationally.
The quality of the research conducted at the 80 Max Planck Institutes – several of which are outside of Germany – is borne out by scientific publications, patents, and highly qualified up-and-coming researchers. Since the founding of the Max Planck Society, 17 Nobel Prize winners have emerged from Max Planck Institutes.
Max Planck Institutes are engaged in research areas which are especially new and innovative and are particularly time or cost intensive and do not fit in the organizational structure of tertiary institutes. The research spectrum of the institutes is constantly being widened: New institutes are founded to find answers to scientific questions relevant to the future.
The Max Planck Society places great importance on the development of up-and-coming researchers. Currently, there are over 60 International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS), funded and run by the Max Planck Society and partner universities, which contribute significantly to Germany’s reputation as a base for international research. Half of the PhD students at IMPRS come from abroad.
Max Planck Research Groups also represent a further highly efficient method of promoting up-and-coming researchers. These offer outstanding young researchers who have proved themselves internationally the chance to begin to pursue their own research agendas.
In order to assist the advancement of young female scientists, the Max Planck Society initiated the Minerva programme in 2007. This offers a framework for up-and-coming women scientists to head a research group for a period of five years.
The English-language website of the Max Planck Society is available here.


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