The Max Planck Society maintains 86 institutes and research institutions that carry out basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, and humanities. Max Planck Institutes are involved in research areas that are particularly innovative or whose structural prerequisites make them unsuitable for university research.
The capital office, an archive, and five institutes are located in Berlin.
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
(Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Genetik - MPI-MG)
- The Institute works on decoding the DNA of humans and other organisms
- Research on the function of genes, in particular their role in malfunctions, to gain new insights into disease processes at the molecular level and thus to find new treatment approaches
- Use of automated methods and high-throughput technologies for the systematic research of genes and genomes
- Molecular causes of human genetic diseases
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society
- Research on the characteristics of surfaces of solid-state matter and physical-chemical processes between solids and gases or liquids;
- Addresses avenues of inquiry dealing with the basis for heterogeneous catalysis;
- Theoretical investigations into the chemical bonds in solids and their surfaces;
- Application of high-resolution electron microscopes to inorganic materials.
Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology
(Max-Planck-Institut für Infektionsbiologie)
- Research into the effect of pathogens on the organism, in particular the causative agents of malaria, tuberculosis, gastric cancer, and influenza
- Development of vaccines and medicines
- International Max Planck Research School graduate program: Scientific training in immunology and infection biology
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
(Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung)
- Empirical research into the fundamental principles of individual development and education processes in a social context;
- Interdisciplinary projects, among others, with psychologists, education researchers, sociologists, physicians, and mathematicians
- Educational, psychological, sociological, and interdisciplinary issues are pursued in three research areas:
- Adaptive rationality
- Developmental psychology
- History of feelings
Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
(Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Berlin)
- Research on the historical development of scientific thought, especially in the natural sciences and mathematics.
- Research on the historical prerequisites of scientific culture and science