Statement on the terror attacks against Israel

Statement on the terror attacks against Israel

We, the Max Planck Society and the Minerva Stiftung, condemn the horrific attacks by Hamas against Israel in the strongest possible terms.

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The Minerva Stiftung

The Minerva Stiftung

The Minerva Stiftung is the flagship of German-Israeli scientific cooperation. It is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and works closely with leading universities and research facilities in Israel.

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Minerva Center Programme

Minerva Center Programme

Minerva Centers are scientific pioneer institutions in Israel with topics that are innovative and of special interest to the scientific community in Israel and Germany. The research at the Centers is carried out in cooperation with German partners and are funded by the Minerva Stiftung. Minerva Centers are located at the six Israeli universities and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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The Minerva Fellowship Programme

The Minerva Fellowship Programme

Since 1973 the Minerva Fellowship Programme enables Israeli and German scientists to complete a research residency at institutions in the respective other country. Graduates and postdocs get the possibility to further their scientific background while conducting a research project at their host institution in Israel or Germany. They promote research and strengthen the cultural and scientific exchange between Germany and Israel. To date, more than 2000 Minerva Fellowships have been awarded to German and Israeli researchers.
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The Minerva Weizmann Programme

The Minerva Weizmann Programme

The Minerva Weizmann Programme was the first scientific Programme between Germany and Israel. For its implementation, the Minerva Stiftung was founded to maintain and cultivate the scientific exchange between the two countries. Since 1964 the agreement has been renewed every year and secured funding for roughly 2,000 projects in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and the biosciences. Today approximately eighty projects are supported with a total of € 3,580,000 annually.

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Meeting of the Minerva Fellows 2024
From January 15 to 16, 2024, the German and Israeli Fellows of the Minerva Fellowship Programme came together in Tutzing on Lake Starnberg. 

Minerva Programmes - News

50 years of the Minerva Fellowship Programme -Anniversary Film
In this anniversary film, we provide insights into the history of the programme, its successes and challenges, its contribution to German-Israeli (academic) relations and how it has influenced the individual lives and careers of its Fellows over the decades.
Special offer of help
For employees and fellows of the Max Planck Society as well as the fellows of the Minerva Stiftung who are directly affected by the Middle East crisis, there is now a special offer of help - in German, English, Arabic, Hebrew. 
Dr. Lou Bohlen receives the Communitas Prize 2024 
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Since 2014, the President of the Max Planck Society has awarded the Communitas Prize in recognition of exceptional commitment to the interests of the MPG.

Minerva Topics

President Cramer during his solidarity trip to Israel in November 2023 
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President Cramer gave an interview to the Israeli daily newspaper Times of Israel in the course of the solidarity trip to Israel at the end of November 2023 regarding German-Israeli research relations in view of the current Middle East crisis. 
Solidarity trip to Israel by President Cramer, the MPG, and the Minerva Stiftung in November 2023

Solidarity trip to Israel 

December 04, 2023
President Patrick Cramer and a small delegation from the Max Planck Society and the Minerva Stiftung traveled to Israel at the End of November 2023.
The Minerva Team 
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Minerva Inside

The Minerva Management 
A joint team: Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger and Maximilian Prugger
Delegation of the Max Planck Society at the airport in 1959
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Today, the Minerva Stiftung, founded in the 1960s as a subsidiary of the Max Planck Society, is the flagship of German-Israeli scientific cooperation. It is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and works closely with leading universities and research facilities in Israel.
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