Max Planck Society
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The Max Planck Society (MPG) is an independent, non-profit research organisation named after the world-famous physicist Max Planck (1858-1947). With its focus on basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences, the MPG complements research projects at universities. The MPG is well-known for its excellence in research. Since it was established in 1948, seventeen MPG researchers have received the Nobel Prize. Gerhard Ertl, physicist and surface chemist at the Fritz Haber Institute of the MPG, received the renowned award in 2007 (Nobel Prize in Chemistry).
Facts and Figures
83 research institutes
(5 institutes and one branch abroad)
approx. 17,000 staff (including 5,470 researchers)
and 4,500 scholarship holders and visiting researchers from all over the world (2013)
approx. 1.5 billion euros (2013)
More than 21,400 people are employed at the MPG. The MPG headquarters is located in Munich.
Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the interest of the public. The fields of research are natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Some institutes also perform services for university research, providing equipment and facilities to researchers, such as telescopes, large-scale equipment, specialised libraries and documentary resources.
Max Planck Institutes frequently build international networks to create the critical mass for specific research topics. The fact that MPG researchers are highly sought-after and appreciated as esteemed research partners worldwide is evidenced by more than 6,900 foreign visiting and junior researchers at Max Planck Institutes and over 2,000 ongoing international research projects with more than 5,000 partners in over 120 countries around the world in 2012.
As a research partner, the MPG collaborates with numerous institutes and multinational research facilities outside Germany.
- Source: Max Planck Society 2013
The MPG is primarily financed out of public funds from the Federal Government and the states (“Länder”). The MPG has been allocated just under 1.53 billion euros for 2013. It also receives third-party project funding from public and private bodies as well as the European Union.