The Max Planck Society is Germany’s most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 17 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists. The currently 82 Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. They themselves define their research subjects and are given the best working conditions, as well as free reign in selecting their staff. Recently the Max Planck Society has been establishing a Partner Institute in Shanghai and the first Max Planck Insitute in North America financed by the State of Florida.
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