Welcome at the International Office at the MPI-M

We are happy to hear that you are planning a research stay at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) in Hamburg!

To make pre-arrival preparations and your stay as smooth and pleasant as possible, MPI-M's International Office (IO) is ready to help you, for example with the following issues:

  • Visas – invitation letter and guidance for application
  • Preparations before your departure
  • Housing
  • Arrival in Hamburg & first steps (registration, bank account etc.)
  • Health insurance / other insurances
  • Visa extension procedure / contacts with German Foreign Office bodies
  • Support for spouses and children of visiting scientists
  • Day care and schools in Hamburg
  • German and English language courses at various levels (free attendance for MPI-M employees and guests)
  • Information on daily life in Hamburg and Germany

We hope the information given on these web pages will help you prepare best for a successful and exciting work period at MPI-M! Please contact us for any further details you may wish to know.

The guide "Living and working in Germany - a guide for international guest researchers at Max Planck Institutes", published by the Max Planck Society, also provides you with some helpful information.

MPI-M also offers an international PhD programme, the IMPRS on Earth System Modelling, supporting the PhD candidate at all stages of his career.

Have a great stay at MPI-M!


Getting in touch

The International Office is run by Ms Christina Rieckers, phone +49 (0)40 41173 - 159

MPI-M main building on Bundesstrasse 53

2nd floor, room 203 (right behind the elevators)


Dual Career Network in Hamburg and Northern Germany

The MPI-M is a founding member of the network "Dual Career Hamburg + der Norden" which was founded in May 2019 under the patronage of Katharina Fegebank, Senator and Vice Mayor of the city of Hamburg. The main goal of the network is to help scientific and cultural institutions as well as businesses in the Hamburg metropolitan area and northern Germany attract highly qualified employees and to help the partners and spouses of newly hired staff find their own attractive employment opportunities. Read more at https://www.dual-career-hamburg-und-norden.de/en.html

Contacts at the MPI-M: Ulrike Kirchner and Christina Rieckers