Max Planck Society
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 and humanities, the MPG complements research projects at universities. The MPG is well-known for its excellence in research. Since it was established in 1948, seventeen scientists at the MPG 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).
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80 research institutes
(4 institutes and one branch abroad)
17,000 staff (including 5,400 scientists)
and 4,800 scholarships holders and visiting researchers (2012)
approx. 1,5 billion euro (2012)
More than 21,800 people are employed at 80 MPG Institutes. The MPG headquarters are located in Munich.
The MPG research 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 scientists, such as telescopes, largescale equipment, specialised libraries and documentary resources.
Max Planck Institutes frequently rely on the formation of international networks in order to create the critical mass for specific research topics. More than 6,000 foreign visiting and junior researchers at Max Planck Institutes as well as more than 2,000 ongoing international research projects with almost 6,000 partners in over 100 countries around the world are testimony to the fact that scientists at the MPG are sought after and appreciated as esteemed research partners worldwide.
As a partner in research, the MPG works collaboratively with numerous institutes abroad, partner groups and multinational research facilities.
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The Max Planck Society is primarily financed out of public funds from the Federal Government and the states (Länder). The MPG has been allocated just under 1.46 billion euros for 2012. It also receives third-party project funding from public and private bodies as well as the European Union.
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