On 1 July, Paul Rainey will become the new Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology. He succeeds Diethard Tautz, who remains Deputy Managing Director. The change comes as part of the rotation principle in place at the Institute, whereby each of the three directors (Paul Rainey, Diethard Tautz and Arne Traulsen) is appointed in turn as Managing Director for three years each.
The Max Planck Society has appointed Alexandra Z. Worden, Professor of Ocean EcoSystems Biology at GEOMAR in Kiel and at the Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, as a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön. This includes funding to support research activities for a term of five years.
Demolition work on the old buildings will start on March 10. Everything is to be completed by the end of 2024, including the refurbishment of the parts of the building that will remain.
The Peg13 gene plays an essential role in the development of social brain functions and in mate choice. Maryam Keshavarz and Diethard Tautz of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology have shown this with the help of behavioral experiments in mice. The gene is also found in humans.
Samay Pande´s research group in India and Paul Rainey´s group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Ploen, Germany, will closely work together on the evolution of microbial life cycles.
The staff of the institute mourns the death of Professor Dr. Winfried Lampert who passed away on March 6, 2021, at the age of 79.
Researchers from the department of Evolutionary Theory have collected scientific information and statistics about the COVID19 pandemic and explained it for the public on a special website.