About the Max Planck Society
The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful research organization. The Society’s focus is on basic research in the natural sciences and the humanities. It comprises 80 research facilities with some 21,200 staff, including around 5,100 scientists. The Society’s total annual budget for 2010 was around 1,300 million euros. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 17 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The more than 13,000 publications each year in internationally renowned scientific journals are proof of the outstanding research work conducted at Max Planck Institutes – and many of those articles are among the most-cited publications in the relevant field.