Max Planck Society (MPG)

The Max Planck Society (MPG) is Germany's most successful research organisation. No fewer than 29 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 MPG was established in 1948 in recognition of the Nobel prize-winning physicist, who dedicated himself to preserving the Kaiser Wilhelm Society following the Second World War. Today the MPG is a national and international icon of German research, attracting leading scientists from all over the world while sustaining a century-old tradition of the person-centered research organisation. More than 15,000 publications each year in internationally renowned scientific journals attest to the outstanding work conducted throughout its community – with many of those articles among the most-cited publications in the relevant field.

The currently 86 Institutes and facilities conduct basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, focusing on research fields that are particularly innovative, or that are especially demanding in terms of funding or time requirements. The MPG is the international flagship for German science: in addition to five foreign institutions, it operates another 23 Max Planck Centers in 13 countries with research institutions such as Princeton University in the US, Sciences Po in France, University College London in the UK, and the University of Tokyo in Japan.

The MPG is also an international pioneer in training future generations of scientific talent. Through its International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS), it offers excellent research opportunities to foster the development of doctoral researchers from over 80 countries. It also has a longstanding commitment to fostering the scientific potential of young women, predominantly through its Minerva Program.

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