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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 86 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 seven Departments, each headed by a Director. All are internationally renowned scientists in their field. Three Departments undertake experimental work; four 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 around 330 employees from different countries. More than 200 of them work in the scientific departments as permanent staff, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. Moreover, there are 120 positions in the technical departments (electronical and mechanical engineering, IT and apprentice workshops) and in administration (as of May 1, 2021).

External scientific members

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

Max Planck Fellow   

Independent Research Groups

Further groups

Emeriti of the Max Planck Institute for Physics

External Committees

Scientific Advisory Board


Prof. Lars Brink (Chair)
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Prof. Stan Bentvelsen
NIKHEF, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Prof. Sally Dawson
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, USA

Prof. Klaus Desch
Universität Bonn, Germany

Prof. Lance Dixon
Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), Menlo Park USA

Prof. Brian Foster
DESY, Hamburg, Germany

Prof. Steven Ritz
University of California (UC), Santa Cruz, USA

Prof. Tejinder Virdee
Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Scientific reports

The Max Planck Institute for Physics publishes reports on scientific activities and progress on a regular basis. The reports are used by the Scientific Advisory Board to evaluate the quality of the research work performed at the Institute. 

Board of trustees

Prof. Dr. Francesca Biagini
Vice President at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

Kristina Frank
Municipal speaker, City of Munich

Dr. Wolfgang Hanrieder
Entrepreneur, Planegg

Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus
Vice President at the Technical University of Munich

Dr. Hans Pongratz
Chief Information Officer at the Technical University of Munich

Dr. Ulf von Rauchhaupt
Scientific Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Frankfurt/Main

Dr. Jeanne Rubner
Editor in Chief, Research and Education, Bayrischer Rundfunk Radio, Munich

Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz
Technische Universität Berlin

Florian Siekmann, MdL
Faction Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Bayrischer Landtag (Bavarian Parliament), Munich

Charlotte Warakulle
Director for International Relations CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Manfred Wolter, MinDirig
Head of Department for Innovation, Research and Technology at the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Munich