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

School for Master Students

Collective phenomena in quantum many-body physics: From quantum matter to light

Scientific coordinators: Marin Bukov, Pieter Claeys, Roderich Moessner


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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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Boundaries, Inclusions, and Disorder in Active Matter

Prof. Mehran Kardar (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

15 Jul 2024, 04:30 PM Seminarroom 1+2+3

QDS: Can quantum computing enhance machine learning and, if yes, how?

Prof. Dr. Romas Krems (The University of British Columbia (Vancouver))

25 Jul 2024, 04:30 PM Room 1D1

QDS: tba

Nina Stiesdal (University of Bonn)

01 Aug 2024, 04:30 PM Room 1D1


Awards and Honors

Prof. Matthieu Wyart awarded the "Physik Preis Dresden 2024"

On 18 June 2024, the French physicist Prof. Matthieu Wyart (EPFL, École…

Publication Highlights

Quantum skyrmion Hall effect

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