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 Initiates file download"Living and working in Germany - a guide for international scientists 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)