"What, exactly, is life?"

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

Join us to explore these questions!

Apply now to our MSc to PhD Direct Track program or our URO internship program!

Call to register for the information session about the Max Planck School Matter to Life program
The applicant portals for the MSc to PhD Direct Track as well as the MtL-URO program open in November! Register now for an info session where our coordinators and Fellows will give you an overview of the School and answer any questions you may have. 
The Max Planck School Matter to Life program leads from the Bachelor to the Master to the PhD
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 two teaching universities depending on your specialization. In the subsequent PhD phase, you will conduct your research at any of the almost 60 MPS MtL Faculty labs.
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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.
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We offer a 10 week research internships for undergraduate students!
Yearly, during the months of June – November in a laboratory of one of our MtL Faculty members.

MtL News & Events

Matter to Life Students at the MtL Fall Days 2022 in Aachen
At the end of September, we spent the MtL Fall Days in Aachen, hosted by our local partner institution DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials.
These have been the first MtL Days in person and many students and Fellows met for the very first time!
Guest lecture: Ashutosh Chilkoti who is leading the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University has shared insights from his work on November 23.

Talk by Ashutosh Chilkoti

Ashutosh Chilkoti who is leading the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University will share insights from his latest work!
Please note that there will be small change in his talk. The new title is: “Functional Biomolecular Condensates from Synthetic Intrinsically Disordered Proteins”.

Join the talk by our special guest on November 23 at 3 pm CET on Zoom - Register now!
Irene Pellini with a large river in the background
Irene Pellini is an undergraduate student of Physics at L'Università di Torino, Italy and completed her MtL-URO internship in the lab of MtL Fellow Joachim Spatz in the summer of 2022. Enjoy reading her interview! 
Students, Fellows and coordinators of the Max Planck School Matter to Life standing in front of Ringberg Castle
We spent a productive week at Ringberg Castle at lake Tegernsee. But not only did we learn a lot, we also had a ton of fun! Read our recap here:
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