Max Planck Society (MPG)

The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG), engl. Max Planck Society, is one of the world’s leading research organizations. In its currently 86 Institutes and research facilities, more than 5,500 scientists and over 7,600 doctoral students, postdocs, first degree candidates, student assistants, and visiting scientists conduct basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences and humanities.

The Institutes are of international repute and attract top researchers from around the world. Max Planck Institutes focus on research fields that are particularly innovative, or that are especially demanding in terms of funding or time requirements. And their research spectrum is continually evolving: new Institutes are established, existing ones may receive a new scientific orientation to find answers to seminal, forward-looking scientific questions. This continuous renewal preserves the scope the Max Planck Society needs to react quickly to pioneering scientific developments.

The Max Planck Society was founded in 1948 as a successor to the Kaiser Wilhelm Society which was established in 1911. Since then, 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from its ranks. In addition to five foreign institutions, the MPG operates another 15 Max Planck Centers with research institutions such as Princeton University in the USA, Science Po in France, the University College London in the UK, and the University of Tokyo in Japan. Moreover, two Partner Institutes exists, one in Shanghai, China, and one in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Equally funded by federal and state governments, the Max Planck Society has an annual budget of 1.7 billion euros.

Cooperation with Latin America:

In particular, cooperation with Latin America is managed through a liaison representation with the region. Ties with Latin America have been significantly consolidated, with more than 600 visiting researchers, 175 projects and 47 research groups (26 Tandem and 21 associated) in universities and institutes. There are also long-term collaborations, such as the Biomedical Research Institute of Buenos Aires and a laboratory in Argentina, the ATTO tower that takes climate measurements in Brazil, and the APEX telescope in Chile.

Contact for Latin America

Dr. Berthold Neizert

Head of the Liaison Office for Latin America

Where to Find Us

Max Planck Society

Address: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft – Generalverwaltung Hofgartenstr. 8 - 80539 Munich Germany