The Max Planck Institutes

Max Planck Institutes carry out basic research in the fields of natural sciences, life
sciences, the social and human sciences at locations throughout Germany. They
supplement the work of universities and other research institutions with the diversity
of subjects they address. They have a research focus in some areas, whilst in others
they provide a supplementary function. Furthermore, certain institutes of the Max
Planck Society also provide services for university research. They make facilities and
equipment available to a broad base of scientists - from telescopes and other large
devices to special libraries and documentation collections.

The state capital Mainz is home to two Max Planck institutes: The Max Planck Institute
for Chemistry and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, both of which are
located on the campus of the Johannes Gutenberg University. Both institutes have
maintained strong contacts and engaged in close cooperation with the university for

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