"What, exactly, is life?"

"Can life-like processes, functions and objects be quantitatively simulated, predicted and created in the laboratory?"

The MPS MtL program is structured in two phases. You will enter the program with a Bachelor's degree and begin your two-year master study at one of our three partner Universities depending on your specialization. In the subsequent PhD phase, you will conduct your research at any of the almost 50 MPS MtL Faculty labs.
Apply by December 1st

Current Bachelor's students with backgrounds in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Systems Engineering, Physics, Molecular Cell Biology, Bioengineering, or a related subject are encouraged to apply to the Max Planck School Matter to Life.
Apply by December 1st

We offer a 10 week research internships for undergraduate students!
When?
Yearly, during the months of June – November in a laboratory of one of our MtL Faculty members.


MtL News

Find out what's new in the Max Planck School Matter to Life!

Anne Pawsey, the teaching and e-learning coordinator of the Max Planck School Matter to Life, reports on how important it is to collaborate with the e-learning team of the Max Planck Schools and the wider community to meet the challenges for learning and teaching that were thrown up by the pandemic. Read the full article to learn more.

Don't miss the deadline! You can still apply until December, 1st (24:00 CET) for the next program launch in 2022. Learn more about the MtL Master to PhD Direct Track program and apply now for a great step towards your future!
Are you still in the middle of your bachelor studies but interested in our program? Then take the chance to apply for an URO internship in the MPS MtL.

Adrián Gutiérrez Cruz is a Bachelor student in nanotechnology and chemistry at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in San Andrés Cholula, Mexico. He did his MtL URO research internship in the lab of Karin Jacobs at Saarland University this summer.
Check out the interview about his experience with the URO program.

MtL Lecture Series

Join our virtual, free lecture series and learn more about the research of our faculty members!
After the lecture on 8 December, the lecture series will take a winter break. We will be back on 12 January with new exciting talks!

Dr. Dr. E. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg & Heidelberg University

Register here on Zoom!

January, 12th at 2 pm CET -
"Modeling Droplets Inside Biological Cells"

Dr. David Zwicker
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

January, 26th at 2 pm CET -
"Nothing but Noise?
What Fluctuations Can Teach Us About Active Forces"

Prof. Timo Betz
University of Göttingen
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