Joint research activities with international impact

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing is an integral part of a life science cluster, with scientific partner organisations that focus on closely related research on ageing and ageing-related disease. Located on the campus of the University of Cologne and the Cologne Medical Center, our institute will serve as a link between the scientific communities in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, in Germany, throughout Europe and on a wider international scale.

Locally, we have close ties with:

Building a bridge between basic and clinical research

For example, our institute's directors Adam Antebi, Linda Partridge and Nils-Göran Larsson are also principal investigators at CECAD. Cooperating with partners such as CECAD to bridge basic and clinical research is of the utmost importance. This "translational" approach aims at linking our insights in basic science to the causes and processes underlying neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer´s or Parkinson´s, late onset diseases that affect a growing proportion of people in our ageing society.

Sharing expertise with scientists from around the world

Besides these close scientific collaborations, we are building a joint graduate programme to attract an international crowd of top-students. Our "IMPRS AGE" (International Max Planck Research School on Ageing) has issued its first invitation for applications in September 2012. As of 2013, there will be a joint call for applications: together with the CECAD Cluster of Excellence, we will welcome successful candidates in one joint graduate school once a year.
In addition, we organize international symposia, conferences and seminars and frequently invite visiting scientists from the global scientific community to come and share their expertise.

If you are interested in working with us, take a look at our open positions. The Max Planck Institute for Biology of ageing attracts scientists from around the world, and fosters their career development in a vibrant atmosphere with English as the working language. Their ideas and creative talent play an important role in shaping the international visibility of our institute.

International collaboration

In many of our projects we collaborate with international partners to join our experience, knowledge, and skills - and thus make progress to achieve important results.