Independent Research Groups

Our institute welcomes independent research groups, usually led by scientists still early in their career. We are proud of the success and dynacism of these groups. Past group leaders now hold professorships at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, the Universität Hamburg, the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña in Barcelona, the Universität Leipzig, and leadership positions in the private sector. The institute is eligible to host research groups funded by Starting Grants by the European Research Council, Independent Research Groups funded by the Max Planck Society, and Emmy Noether Junior Research Groups funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). We may also host groups supported by independent foundations. If you are thinking about applying to lead such a research group, please contact the director of the department most aligned with your interests to further explore opportunities and how we can help you be as successful as possible (Application information).

In addition, we have the benefit from the expertise of several more senior, often retired, researchers who independently fund and host research groups on topics that complement research with in the institute.  

Currently we host the groups Climate Vegetation Dynamics and Environmental Modelling.

Currently Independent Research Group

CLICCS joint working group
The CLICCS joint working group on Drivers of Tropical Circulation is funded through the cluster of excellence CLICCS, and is run as a joint working group of MPI-M and the Universität Hamburg.

Drivers of tropical circulation
Group leader:  Ann Kristin Naumann
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Minerva Fast Track Research Group
The Minerva Fast Track pilot project by the Chemistry, Physics & Technology Section gives outstanding female scientists the chance to plan their careers for the long term after completing their doctorates (more).

Cloud-wave coupling
Group Leader: Dr. Claudia Stephan
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Former Independent Research Groups

Emmy Noether Junior Research Groups
The Junior Research Group is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) within the Emmy-Noether Programme.

Fire in the Earth System
Group Leader: Dr. Sylvia Kloster
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Forest Management in the Earth System
Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz
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Minerva Research Group
In order to improve the promotion and working conditions of young female scientists in particular, the Senate of the Max Planck Society designed the Minerva Programme in 2007.

Stratosphere and Climate
Group Leader: Dr. Elisa Manzini
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Max Planck Research Groups
Since 1969 the Max Planck Society has been supporting gifted young scientists and researchers through its Max Planck Research Groups, which run for a limited period of time.

Sea Ice in the Earth System
Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Dirk Notz
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Turbulent Mixing Processes in the Earth System
Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Juan Pedro Mellado
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