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



Workshops and Seminars: Next in the row


Information processing, Noise, and Adaptation in Living Systems

Scientific coordinators: Naama Barkai, Daniel Maria Busiello, Christoph Zechner


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Interdisciplinary challenges in non-equilibrium physics: from soft to active, biological and complex matter

Scientific Coordinators: Xiaowen Chen, Melissa Rinaldin, Alfredo Sciortino


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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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Nonequilibrium statistical physics in living systems: The role of energy dissipation for biological functions

Dr. Yuhai Tu (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center)

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

Slow modes shape the predictability of chaotic systems

William Gilpin (UT Austin)

18 Apr 2024, 11:00 AM Seminarroom 4

QDS: Multi-Photon Rydberg states in a Microwave Cavity and Rydberg Assisted Sympathetic Cooling

Dr. Seth Rittenhouse (United States Naval Academy)

18 Apr 2024, 04:30 PM Room 1D1


Publication Highlights

Bioenergetic costs and the evolution of noise regulation by microRNAs

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short strands of genetic material that regulate various…

Publication Highlights

Characterising the gait of swimming microorganisms

The survival strategies of Escherichia Coli are controlled by their…