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The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is part of the Max Planck Society. This research organization encompasses a total of 82 Institutes that undertake basic research in a wide variety of fields - from astrophysics through to terrestrial microbiology. Around 90 percent of the funding for the Max Planck Society is provided by the German Federal Government and the Federal States.

The Max Planck Institute for Physics comprises six Departments, each headed by a Director. All are internationally renowned scientists in their field. Three Departments undertake experimental work; three concentrate on the further development of physical theories. Two current priorities of this research work are the building blocks of matter and the search for dark matter in the universe.

The Munich-based Institute is home to a total of 330 staff members dedicated to these topics, including 100 scientists from other countries. Around 75 young people are writing their doctoral thesis at the MPP, 15 are apprenticed in the specialist Departments for mechanical and electronic engineering. There are a further 110 positions in technical services and administration (as of December 31, 2016).

External scientific members

  • Prof. Dr. Halina Abramowicz (Tel Aviv University)
  • Prof. Dr. Viatcheslav Mukhanov (LMU)

Max Planck Fellow   

Prof. Dr. Stefan Schönert (TUM)

Associate Professors

Further groups

Emeriti of the Max Planck Institute for Physics

External bodies

Scientific Advisory Board


Prof. Dr. Lars Brink
Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Schweden

Prof. Dr. Sally Dawson
BNL, Upton, USA

Prof. Dr. Lance Dixon
SLAC, Menlo Park, USA

Prof. J. J. Engelen
The Hague, Niederlande

Prof. Dr. Francis Halzen
University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Prof. Dr. Joachim Mnich
Hamburg, Deutschland

Prof. Dr. Steven Ritz
SCIPP, Santa Cruz, USA

Prof. Sir Tejinder Virdee
Imperial College London, Großbritannien

Scientific reports

On a regular basis, the Max Planck Institute for Physics publishes a report on scientific activities and progress serving the members of the Scientific Advisory Board to evaluate the work at the institute.


Board of Trustees

Dr. Dieter Düsedau
McKinsey & Company, München

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Heckl
Deutsches Museum, München

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult Wolfgang Herrmann
Technische Universität München, München

Prof. Dr. Bernd Huber
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, München

Dr. Michael Mihatsch
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst, München

Ulf von Rauchhaupt
Wissenschaftsredakteur, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Frankfurt am Main

Jeanne Rubner
Redaktionsleiterin Wissenschaft und Bildungspolitik, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München

Dr. Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph
Leiterin der Unterabteilung Großgeräte und Grundlagenforschung, BMBF, Bonn