The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology consists of the three departments Evolutionary Genetics, Evolutionary Theory and Microbial Population Biology.
It is focused on basic research to unravel general evolutionary processes, such as ecological adaptations, benefits of sexual reproduction or evolution of cooperation. The scope of the work includes ecological, organismic, molecular and theoretical approaches.
In contrast to the effects of chemical weapons, the effects of biological weapons have largely disappeared from public awareness. A project funded by a research agency of the US Department of Defense is now giving rise to concerns about being possibly misused for the purpose of biological warfare. In the journal Science, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön and the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier along with legal scholars from the University of Freiburg point out that this type of system could be more easily developed for use as a biological weapon than for the proposed agricultural purpose.
On the occasion of the nationwide Max Planck Day on September 14, our MPI opened its doors during the afternoon. About 400 interested visitors were excited about the program and the insights they got about evolutionary biology and the work that is done at the MPI. In addition, Plön´s evolutionary path was opened: The history and evolution of life on earth is presented at eleven stations along the way from the Plön lake to the institute. Already in the morning, our scientists visited 19 schools throughout Schleswig-Holstein in order to make evolutionary biology an experience for the next generation.
Tobias Kaiser recruits high EU funding A starting Grant 2018 from the European Research Council (ERC) has been awarded to Tobias Kaiser. He receives 1.5 million euros for the next five years for his research on "biological clocks". Congratulations!
In addition to Tobias Kaiser, the competition was won by another 17 scientists from institutes of the Max Planck Society.
The Starting Grants are awarded annually by the ERC. The prestigious grants are awarded to researchers of any nationality with two to seven years of experience since completion of the PhD, who carry out their project at a European research institution.[more]
After a serious illness, Martin Kalbe died on May 5, 2018 at the age of only 53.
"The death of Martin Kalbe deeply shocked us," says Managing Director Arne Traulsen, speaking for the entire staff of the institute. "Martin Kalbe was a great scientist, colleague and person. He has supported our institute on many levels for decades. For this we are deeply grateful to him. Our compassion goes to his family and relatives."