Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our founding director Peter Fulde passed away in the night of April 11, 2024, shortly after his 88th birthday. We personally as directors of mpipks are grateful to Peter for his generosity, kindness and leadership over the past three decades. His foresight, creativity and dedication were the source for his personal success as a scientist and the basis for building mpipks as an open-minded and flourishing research institute, a stimulating environment for scientific exchange that attracts colleagues from all over the world. We will make every effort that his spirit will continue to guide the institute as his living legacy.

Frank Jülicher, Roderich Moessner, Jan-Michael Rost



Obituary notice

Workshops and Seminars: Next in the row


Geometry and non-adiabatic responses in non-equilibrium systems

Scientific Coordinators: Pieter W. Claeys, Nathan Goldman, Michael Kolodrubetz


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Non-equilibrium Many-body Physics Beyond the Floquet Paradigm

Scientific Coordinators: Roderich Moessner, Gil Refael, Hongzheng Zhao


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Work with us!


The institute offers various opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and faculty members.

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Public Outreach

Our public outreach program aims to make scientific results accessible to the general public. Active scientists speak about their recent work and explain it to a lay public with an interest in natural sciences, or to school children of different ages.

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Colloquium: Lighting up Superconductivity

Prof. Eugene Demler (ETH Zurich)

17 Jun 2024, 04:30 PM Seminarroom 1+2+3

Guiding Principles in Physics

Enno Fischer (TU Dresden)

18 Jun 2024, 11:00 AM Seminarroom 4

Active and passive transport inside cells

Amitabha Nandi (IIT Bombay)

19 Jun 2024, 02:00 PM Seminarroom 4


Publication Highlights

Quantum skyrmion Hall effect

The framework of the quantum Hall effect has been extended to a framework of a…

Publication Highlights

Quantum Electrodynamics in 2+1 Dimensions as the Organising Principle of a Triangular Lattice Antiferromagnet

Quantum electrodynamics (QED) is the fundamental theory that describes the…