The Max Planck Society carries out basic research and is involved in fields of research which are especially innovative and require a great deal of funding or time.
In Dresden there are three Max Planck Institutes employing roughly 800 staff. All the institutes have a heavily interdisciplinary leaning. The main focuses of research are:
Biology and Medicine
Chemistry, Physics and Technology
In 2012 the Max Planck Society founded a new research center in Dresden, the Center for Systems Biology. The director is Gene Myers, a trailblazer in bioinformatics.
Axolotl, The Wonder of Regeneration
The Mexican salamander has special regenerative abilities, making it a subject of great interest for the researchers at MPI CBG. Using a new combination of developmental and cell biology, they are investigating the question of how cells organize themselves as they turn into tissue.
In 2009, 'The Scientist' paid homage to the MPI CBG as the world's best employer for doctoral students and the world's best employer for scientists. Their recipe: extremely flat hierarchies, a shared equipment pool and a budget split directly between the directors and research groups.
Tracking Down Materials
The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids investigates new-generation materials with unusual properties. Thermobalances and mass spectrometers help spot even the tiniest losses of mass in the samples.
Excellence is the city‘s motto
Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.