Max Planck Society moves stateside
The Max Planck Society's (MPS) Florida institute focuses on devising noninvasive imaging methods to visualize molecular properties of biological tissue and the hope is that it will produce excellent science that will raise the profile of MPS abroad. The fund-raising for science is practically unheard of in Germany, but MPS decided to give it a try in 2006 and has since raised more than $500 million from private sources. The German government supplies MPS with the funding to support some 260 directors at 78 institutes, which focus on topics such as plasma physics, polymer chemistry, and infectious diseases. MPS selects and recruits the top talent that some German professors accuse the organization of pilfering the best out of academia, at the expense of German universities. The Max Planck Institutes integrate more with universities, so university students and faculty benefits from interaction with the talent at the institutes and gains access to their exceptional infra-structure.
Everts, S. (2008). Max Planck Society moves stateside.