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History and Facts about the Institute

Facts in brief

• Founded in 1996, settting up started in 1997

• 5 scientific departments

• More than 350 co-workers from more than 25 countries

• International doctoral program, the International Max Planck Research School “The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques”

• Equipment, instrumentation and research infrastructure, include glasshouses,climate chambers, state-of-the-art NMR and MS techniques for sample analysis, wind tunnels for behavioral assays, and field stations


The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology was founded by the Max Planck Society in March 1996. The Thuringian town of Jena was selected because it is home to the Friedrich-Schiller-University and many other research centers, making it an attractive scientific location. The establishment of the new institute building on the Beutenberg Campus with immediate proximity to other biological and  chemical institutes offers excellent potential for scientific co-operations and the establishment of networks.The institute attracts researchers from all over the world.

The institute initially rented space at the ZEISS company, inaugurated on November 20,1997. In 2001, the institute moved to its new building on Beutenberg Campus (Hans-Knöll-Straße 8, 07745 Jena), our current building.

In 2005 a special graduate program, the International Max Planck Research School, was established that offers the possibility for highly qualified young researchers to conduct their research in an international atmosphere.

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