International think tank and world-class research center
The Max Planck Institutes of Biology, Biological Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems (Tübingen site) and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory are located at the Max Planck Campus Tübingen. In total, more than 1200 employees from over 50 nations work and conduct research here. We are part of the 86 research institutions of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science.
The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful scientific organization in the field of basic research. For more than 70 years, it has been synonymous with knowledge-oriented basic research in the life sciences, natural sciences and humanities. Around 23,800 employees work and conduct research at 38 locations in Germany as well as in Rome, Florence, Luxembourg, Nijmegen and Florida. The individual institutes are headed by world-renowned scientists who choose their own research topics, enjoy the best working conditions and have a free hand in selecting their teams. This great freedom of research goes hand in hand with a high degree of responsibility.
Excellent conditions for outstanding research
Interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives and ways of thinking are essential building blocks for the worldwide reputation and success of the Max Planck Society. This is demonstrated in important rankings: The Max Planck Society has been among the world's top 5 in the Highly Cited Researchers Index for many years.
Scientific prizes and awards are an important indicator of the quality of research achievements. Internationally, the Nobel Prize ranks first among scientific prizes. The Max Planck Society has 30 laureates in the natural sciences. At the time the prize was awarded, they were scientific members of the Max Planck Society or its predecessor, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society.
At the Tübingen research campus, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine along with Edward B. Lewis and Eric F. Wieschaus for their research on the genetic control of early embryonic development in 1995. Eric Wieschaus and the biologist identified and systematized genes that control the formation of the body plan and segments in the egg of the fruit fly ('Drosophila melanogaster').
In addition, many scientists of the Max Planck Society are among the winners of prestigious scientific awards from Germany and abroad, such as the German Leibniz Prize, the Japan Prize or the Fields Medal.