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.


Life Sciences - Sep 27
Life Sciences

Brain circuits for vision develop without any kind of input from the retina in zebrafish. Animals possess specialized networks of neurons in the brain that receive signals about the outside world from the retina and respond by initiating appropriate behavior. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence studied a genetic mutation in zebrafish that eliminates all connections between retina and brain throughout development.

Physics - Sep 27

The decisive factor for being named a Citation Laureate is above all how often a research achievement has been cited in the scientific world. Even though the research itself is not the reason for this award, Stuart Parkin shows that his work could revolutionise commercially available hard disk storage.

Life Sciences - Sep 18
Life Sciences

Language is one aspect that makes us human. The ability to produce an infinite number of utterances based on the words in the mental lexicon and a small number of syntactic rules is unique to humans.

Computer Science

New physics-based self-learning machines could replace the current artificial neural networks and save energy.

Social Sciences

A new study shows that changes in grammatical complexity are not shaped by social environments. Many linguists have proposed that languages spoken by numerous non-native speakers tend to have simpler grammars.

Astronomy / Space Science

Before the light comes on and a new star shines, enough gas and dust must accumulate in a very small space for a star's energy source, nuclear fusion, to ignite. This by no means happens at rest. Matter swirls around, and before the star sees the light of day, violent birth labour is not uncommon. The new James Webb Space Telescope has turned its lens on such a spectacle, which reveals itself in unprecedented detail.

Environment - Sep 12

Carrying small sensors, they could be the most sensitive and informative weather instruments of all.

Health - Aug 17

Obesity leads to altered energy metabolism and reduced insulin sensitivity of cells. The so-called "anti-obesity drugs" are increasingly used to treat obesity and have caused tremendous interest, especially in the USA. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Cologne, Germany, have now shown in people with obesity that reduced insulin sensitivity affects learning of sensory associations. A single dose of the anti-obesity drug liraglutide was able to normalise these changes and restore the underlying brain circuit function.

Life Sciences - Aug 16
Life Sciences

Using a metabolic pathway, energy-rich resources can be produced via the power of electricity. When nature performs chemical reactions to create energy-rich compounds from simple molecules, it requires energy.