Alumni Activities

The Max Planck Society employs a workforce of more than 20,000 professionals in 86 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, Ilka Schiessler-Gäbler.

Max Planck Alumni Association

The Max Planck Alumni Association is an integral part of our work with alumni and alumnae, because it represents an independent platform of collaboration, worldwide networking and individual career services.

Membership is for free and available to everyone who has worked with us for more than 6 months – that includes staff who are still active.


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

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