Alumni Activities

The Max Planck Society employs a workforce of more than 20,000 professionals in 84 Institutes, including approx. 13,000 doctoral candidates, postdocs, scientific researchers and visiting scientists. Every year, new scientific researchers and scholars from all over the world take up employment at one of our institutes while others are leaving us in order take up positions in the international arena.

"Max Planck is everywhere!" We want to make use of this fact to connect alumni all over the world – regardless of where they are – by setting up a global network of former employees across the scientific disciplines, a platform for sharing both professional and personal experiences.

If you are interested in one of the following, please contact the alumni representative,

  • join an alumni meeting
  • read our newsletter
  • initiating an Alumni Association with us
  • a cooperation with your new employer and our institute


We would like to stay in contact - you too? If you wish to stay connected with former colleagues or develop new links, please register with maxNet, the internal communication platform of the Max Planck Society.

The maxNet administrator will gladly provide a sign-up code for you. After successfully registering, you can move around freely on maxNet, search for and contact other alumni across the institutes, set up discussion groups and enter interesting events into the calendar.


The Max Planck Society supports events with and for alumni and alumnae in many ways, including but not limited to the support of early career researchers. For example, the annual Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers at our Harnack-Haus in Berlin, or various Career Days at our Institutes or other locations are noteworthy.

The next Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers will be in September 23.-25. 2018.

PhD Network

The PhDnet network is the network of all PhD candidates and PhD representatives of the Max Planck Society. It was founded in 2003 to improve interdisciplinary cooperation, to optimize doctoral education and scientific exchange, and to strengthen academic solidarity. 

The PhDnet-web portal aims to inform about the activities of the various workgroups of the PhDnet, publishing the latest news concerning negotiations and events, and supplying contact information to dedicated PhDnet members. For graduates and former employees, it also offers the opportunity to stay in touch with the Max Planck Society for future cooperation and projects. Additionally, there is a maxNet page and a Facebook page where you can actively contribute to the discussion! Please join!

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