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Max Planck Institutes and Research Groups

The Max Planck Society consists of nearly 80 research institutes. In addition, the society funds a number of Max Planck Research Groups (MPRG) and International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS). The purpose of establishing independent research groups at various universities is to strengthen the required networking between universities and institutes of the Max Planck Society.

The research units are located all over Germany and in other European countries. The society is currently planning its first non-European centre, with an institute on the Jupiter campus of Florida Atlantic University to focus on bioimaging.

The Max Planck Institutes operate independently from, though in close cooperation with, the universities, and focus on innovative research which does not fit into the university structure due to their interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary nature or which require resources that cannot be met by the state universities.

Internally, Max Planck Institutes are organized into research departments headed by directors such that each MPI has several directors, a position roughly comparable to anything from full professor to department head at a university.

Currently, the following institutes and research groups exist:

  • Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing, Köln
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
  • Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale
  • Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute of Art History, Rome
  • Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg
  • Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching
  • Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried
  • Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena
  • Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Mülheim/Ruhr, formerly Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry
  • Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster
  • Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Institute), Göttingen
  • Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Frankfurt/Main
  • Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt/Main
  • Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden
  • Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Otto Hahn Institute), Mainz
  • Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim/Ruhr
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
  • Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, formerly Max Planck Project Group Common Goods, Law, Politics and Economics
  • Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, Golm (Potsdam)
  • Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
  • Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock
  • Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen
  • Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, formerly Max Planck Institute for History
  • Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, formerly Max Planck Institute for Flow Research
  • Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg
  • Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena
  • Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena
  • Max Planck Institute for Experimental Endocrinology, Hanover
  • Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
  • Max Planck Research Unit for Enzymology of Protein Folding, Halle/Saale
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, formerly Max Planck Institute of Limnology
  • Max Planck Florida Institute, Palm Beach, Florida
  • The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the MPG, Tübingen
  • Fritz Haber Institute of the MPG, Berlin
  • Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin
  • Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Golm (Potsdam)
  • Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (W. G. Kerckhoff Institute), Bad Nauheim, formerly Max Planck Institute for Physiological and Clinical Research
  • Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
  • Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg
  • Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin
  • Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken
  • Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, München
  • Max Planck Institute for Iron Research GmbH, Düsseldorf
  • Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg
  • Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
  • Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg
  • Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law, München
  • Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt/Main
  • Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn
  • Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig
  • Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg
  • Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen
  • Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart
  • Max Planck Institute for Meteorology,, Hamburg
  • Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen
  • Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg
  • Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics, Halle/Saale
  • Max Planck Working Groups for Structural Molecular Biology at DESY, Hamburg
  • Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried
  • Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Köln
  • Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Andechs-Erling (Biological Rhythms and Behaviour), Radolfzell, Seewiesen (Reproductive Biology and Behaviour)
  • Max Planck Institute for Physics (Werner Heisenberg Institute), München
  • Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg
  • Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden
  • Max Planck Institute for the Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden
  • Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology, Seewiesen closing
  • Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Dortmund
  • Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm (Potsdam)
  • Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Köln
  • Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching and Greifswald
  • Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz
  • Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, München
  • Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
  • Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching
  • Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn
  • Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen
  • Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken
  • Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen
  • Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, formerly Max Planck Institute for Aeronomy, Lindau (Katlenburg-Lindau)
  • Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
  • Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Köln
  • Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Munich
  • Max Planck Princeton Research Center for Plasma Physics, Princeton, New Jersey

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