Max Plank Society

Max Plank Society

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Location: München - Bayern
Hofgartenstraße 8, 80539 München


The Max Planck Society is Germany’s most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 20 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The more than 15,000 publications each year in internationally renowned scientific journals are proof of the outstanding research work conducted at Max Planck Institutes - and many of those articles are among the most-cited publications in the relevant field. The currently 86 Max Planck Institutes and facilities conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Max Planck Institutes focus on research fields that are particularly innovative, or that are especially demanding in terms of funding or time requirements. And their research spectrum is continually evolving: new institutes are established to find answers to seminal, forward-looking scientific questions, while others are closed when, for example, their research field has been widely established at universities. This continuous renewal preserves the scope the Max Planck Society needs to react quickly to pioneering scientific developments.


Termite Symbiosis in Transition

Life Sciences - May 16
Life Sciences

Genetic analyses show how the metabolic capacities of symbiotic bacteria in the gut of termites have changed over the course of evolution. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany, have analysed the evolutionary development of symbiotic bacteria in the intestines of termites with regard to their metabolic capabilities.

Unveiling the Impact of Job Loss on the Health of Immigrants

Social Sciences

This recent study by Silvia Loi and colleagues examines how life events like job loss and divorce affect the health of immigrants using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel. They find that immigrants experience more rapid declines in health as they age. Moreover, they find that job loss has a stronger and more long-lasting impact on the health of immigrants, especially men.

Life Sciences - May 13

Mitosis instead of Meiosis

Life Sciences

Researchers breed tomato plants that contain the complete genetic material of both parent plants.

Rhizobial bacterium helps diatom to bind nitrogen

Life Sciences

Newly discovered symbiosis probably plays a major role in marine nitrogen fixation.

Orangutan treats wound with pain-relieving plant

Life Sciences

Researchers observe a wild orangutan applying a plant with known medicinal properties to a wound, a first for a wild animal.

Psychology - May 14

Social online training helps against loneliness and depression

Online intervention helps to promote social skills and reduce mental health problems. Mental health problems, loneliness already among the youngest and polarization are rapidly increasing, especially after the Covid19 pandemic.

Variability in human body vocabularies

Linguistics & Literature

Linguistic analysis provides insight into the vocabularies for body parts in more than a thousand languages.

Chemistry - May 8

First Prize for Outstanding Science Communication

Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (idw) honors the best scientific press releases of the past year. The jury for the idw Prize for Science Communication has declared that the best press release of the year 2023 was produced by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry.

Clouds blanket the night side of the hot exoplanet WASP-43b

Astronomy & Space

High temperatures and extreme wind speeds influence the chemistry inside the planet's atmosphere.