Researchers develop an artificial chloroplast

“With MaxSynBio we are world class!”

Interview with Tobias Erb about artificial photosynthesis and the research network on synthetic biology more

Engineering a more efficient system for harnessing CO2 faster than plant

Taking inspiration from nature: Tobias Erb from the MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology on designing a more efficient and faster system for harnessing carbon dioxide. more

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

“By the end of May, we could reach well below 1000 new infections per day”

May 06, 2020

Viola Priesemann from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization talks about the spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 and strategies to contain the Covid-19 epidemic. She is one of the authors of a statement by non-university research organisations on pandemic.

"Music might be systemically relevant"

May 04, 2020

Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, has launched an survey into music in the time of corona together with colleagues from five other European countries.

How the coronavirus multiplies its genetic material

April 28, 2020

Max Planck researchers solve structure of viral copy machine


The oldest Upper Paleolithic Homo sapiens in Europe

May 11, 2020

Major cultural transition in Europe took place earlier than previously thought

Using self-nudging to make better choices

May 11, 2020

A behavioral science technique to improve self-control

Quantum jump tipping the balance

May 07, 2020

Measuring tiny differences in mass between different quantum states provides new insights into heavy atoms

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Videos and Events

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018

Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

The school for T Cells

Video August 17, 2017

The lamprey has no thymus gland. Max Planck scientist Thomas B?hm wants to know how it copes with bacteria and viruses.


Video May 04, 2017

In principle, almost any encryption key can be broken - all you need is the right computing power. The situation is different, however, with quantum cryptography. Gerd Leuchs is researching this encryption technology of the future.

Climate: how the earth breathes

Video February 06, 2017

Researchers understand Earth’s climate system very accurately by now. For a long time, however, an important piece of the puzzle remained very elusive - the role played by vegetation and soils.

MaxPlanck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology


Interfaces of matter and life are the focus of the new Max Planck Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology. Prof. Imre Berger from Bristol University explains the topic.

From the Institutes

MPI of Quantum Optics
Long-lived pionic helium more
MPI of Neurobiology
Motion patterns instead of pixels more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Foraging flies are open for new partners more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
Largest Synthetic Polysaccharide Assembled more
MPI of Biophysics
A molecular view on protein retrotranslation more
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
The Lipid Code more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Short nerve fibres made visible more
MPI for Solar System Research
BepiColombo: Upcoming Earth Flyby more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Babies retain even detailed events during a nap more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Human ancestors may have regularly climbed trees more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Stroke: When the system fails for the second time more
MPI for Demographic Research
Gender equality does not always lead to equal health more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Sugar brings a lot of carbon dioxide into the deeper sea more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Receptors for the immune defence more
MPI of Biophysics
Muscle cells need calcium ions more
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry
Command and control in the cellular fatty acid factory more
MPI for Solar System Research
Turbulent convection at the heart of stellar activity more

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