In the 1970s, the majority of scientists in leading positions had completed their careers in Germany. But even then, there was an international flair at the Institute. Most of the lectures were held in English, as many young international scientists were already working at the Institute. After the Nobel Prize was awarded in 1988, the number of high-class applicants from all over the world continued to rise.
In 2005, the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (IMPRS-LS) was founded, which cooperates closely with our neighboring institute and the Munich universities. It offers a structured program for PhD students to complete their PhD projects. In 2023, two new closely cooperating graduate schools will launch in Martinsried, the IMPRS for Molecules of Life (IMPRS-ML), as successor of the IMPRS-LS, and the IMPRS-Biological Intelligence. Almost half of our PhD students and more than three quarters of our postdocs are currently from abroad.
The institute is proud of its young researchers: Many former PhD students now hold high positions at universities, in industry and at other institutions in Europe, America or Asia.