Max Planck Innovation

We support you in assessing, discovering and evaluating the commercial potential of your research results

As the technology transfer organisation of the Max Planck Society, Max Planck Innovation has been connecting science and business since 1970. Our aim is to support the scientists at the different Max-Planck institutes in all aspects of technology transfer and a potential commercialisation process. Our services in this regard include e.g.

  • evaluate technologies regarding their commercialisation potential (e.g. startup, licensing, collaboration)
  • discuss strategies to secure intellectual property (e.g. know-how, patent applications, publication strategies)
  • assist in starting new companies (e.g. funding programs, investors, management)
  • discuss and assist in negotiations of potential industry interactions (e.g. consulting, collaboration)
  • help in seeking opportunities to validate or incubate projects
  • strategic planning, negotiation and execution of licensing deals Each year Max Planck Innovation evaluates about 130 new inventions. Since 1979 more than 4.300 projects have been managed and over 2.600 contracts with industry have been concluded. In addition, 146 spin-off companies have emerged from the Max Planck Society, of which the majority was accompanied by us. More than 5.200 jobs have been created by these companies. The total revenue from licenses and investments amounted to about 470 million euros for inventors, Max Planck Institutes and Max Planck Society. (all numbers until December 31, 2018).

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with all kind of questions regarding our above mentioned services.

Max Planck Innovation Gmb
Amalienstr. 33, 80799 Munich
(089) / 29 09 19-0
(089) / 29 09 19-99

Image: “Ripples in Spacetime” © S. Ossokine, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes project, D. Steinhauser (Airborne Hydro Mapping GmbH)


Postdoc Net Founding Meeting

The Max Planck PostdocNet Founding Meeting at the Harnack Haus in Berlin on Monday the 29th and 30th of April 2019.

The Max Planck PostdocNet is going to be a networking and lobby organisation for all postdocs from more than 80 Max Planck Institutes worldwide. The main aim of the founding meeting is to openly discuss what we expect and wish to build all together. Especially, we will establish postdoc statutes to strengthen the legal status of the PostdocNet.

Please drop us a note if you have not received the invitation and/or any questions on local tips and accommodations.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin in April!


Sunday, April 28th

17:00 – 20:00  Arrival & Registration

Get to know each others

Monday, April 29th (Day 1)

08:00 – 09:00  Arrival & Registration

09:00 – 09:15  Welcome (Yu-Xuan Lu)

Session 1 – Challenge (chair: Martin Blaser)

09:15 – 09:40  Presentation European Network of Postdoc Associations (Ana Santos & Joana Moscoso) Postdoc X-ray and the power of professional associations

09:40 – 10:05  Presentation Karolinska Institute Postdoc Association (Mathew Tata & Elisa Floriddia) Karolinska Institute Postdoc Association

10:05 – 10:30  Presentation EPFL SV Postdoc Association (Suzanne Marie Young) EPFL Postdoc Association

10:30 – 10:50  Coffee Break

10:50 – 12:15  Breakout Session 1
– What is a postdoc and what we’d like it to be (Martin Blaser)
– Social needs of Postdocs (Pepe Alcami)
Carreer development (Pablo Ruiz de Olano) Open for GA
– Postdocs’ activity at your institute (Chandradhish Ghosh)

12:15 – 13:00  Presentation the summary of Breakout Session 1

13:00 – 14:30  Lunch

Session 2 – Opportunity (chair: Bernadette Lessel)

14:30 – 15:00  Presentation Former Chair of MPS Presidential Committee (Rheinard Jahn)Postdocs in the MPS: status, support, and career perspectives

15:00 – 15:30  Presentation Head of the Department of Personal Development & Opportunities in MPS (Kerstin Dübner-Gee) Attracting & Retaining Top Level Talents

15:30 – 16:00  Presentation Scientific Manager & Scientific Policy Advisor in Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands (Dagmar Eleveld-Trancikova) The Future of Postdoc (policy)

16:00 – 16:20  Coffee Break

16:20 – 17:50  Breakout Session 2
– How to organise the Max Planck PostdocNet (Olga Koshkina)
– Future plans for the Max Planck PostdocNet (Bernadette Lessel)
– Max Planck wide postdoc survey (Martin Blaser)
Scientific needs for postdocs (Pepe Alcami) Open for GA

17:50 – 18:30  Presentation the summary of Breakout Session 2

18:30 – 19:45  Dinner

19:45 – 20:00 Presentation Max Planck Innovation (Sebastian Meyer-Borchert) Enabling Start-ups – a entrepreneurial start-up program

20:00 – 21:30 Roundtable (moderator: Martin Blaser)

Tuesday, April 30th (Day 2)

09:00 – 09:15  Day One Remarks (Yu-Xuan Lu)

Session 3 – Cooperation & Best Practices (chair: Martin Blaser)

09:15 – 09:40  Presentation Leibniz Postdoc Network (Lydia Repke & Gitta Heinz)

09:40 – 10:05  Presentation MPG PhD Net (Alexander Filippi & Ilka Schiessler-Gäbler)

10:05 – 10:30  Presentation Max Planck Alumni Association (Filippo Guarnieri & Birgit Adams)

10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break

Session 4 – Legislation (chair: Olga Koshkina)

10:50 – 11:15  Presentation Max Planck PostdocNet statutes (Secretary Group)

11:15 – 12:00  Discussion & Voting for Max Planck Postdoc Net statutes (Secretary Group)

12:00 – 12:20  Presentation PostdocNet working groups (Web, Secretary, and Meeting Groups)

12:20 – 13:00  Discussion & Forming the new working groups (Yu-Xuan Lu and Pepe Alcami)

13:00 – 14:30  Lunch

14:30 – 15:30  Presentation of steering committee candidates & Election of steering committee (Secretary group / Election committee)

15:30 – 16:00  Final discussion and fixing a date for next meeting (Meeting group)

16:00 – 16:30  Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00  Founding meeting of steering and other future working groups (New steering committee & working groups)

18:00  Official end


Ihnestraße 16-20
14195 Berlin

The nearest public transport service to Harnack Haus is the Freie Universität station located on the U3 line. And for those staying at the Semaris Hotel, it’s best to disembark at Dahlem-Dorf (again on the U3 line)

Image: “Harnack-Haus”, courtesy of © Andreas Muhs