Recaps of our last events, interviews with PhD candidates and Fellows and news from the research front - here in the our Blog you will find everything there is to report from the MPSP!

The MPSP was launched in 2018 - which means our first PhD students have already completed their doctorates. We asked our alumnus Dr. Jonas Hammer what tips he has for those who are just starting with their PhD and how he benefited from the Max Planck School of Photonics.  more
A research team including MPSP alumnus Dr. Heiko Knopf and Fellow Dr. Falk Eilenberger recently published a scientific article in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. Heiko now told us in an interview, what eyeglasses have to do with quantum communication and why this might shape future Photonics research. more
An evil scientist is planning an attack on the Physics Nobel Prize ceremony - and only you can stop him. To do that, you will have to use all your puzzle-solving skills and Photonics knowledge. Read in this article about our creative Escape Room idea which won the community prize of the BMBF. more
Tomoko Koda and Tzu-Huan Lin are the Learning Designers of the Max Planck School of Cognition and Photonics. Their job is to make the schools’ teaching and learning format as engaging and effective as  possible. For this, they have been supporting the Flipped Classroom model which this article will talk about.  more
Workshops, science and career insights – the Photonics Days 2021 had it all. Over 500 participants from all over the world took part in the network event of the Fraunhofer IOF and the Max Planck School of Photonics this year. We have summarized the highlights for you here. more
For almost two years, Fellows and doctoral candidates of the Max Planck School of Photonics were only able to network virtually due to the corona pandemic. So all participants were looking forward to our MPSP Autumn School in Suhl this year. In this recap, you’ll find out what was going on in the Thuringian Forest and what fish have to do with Photonics. more
Join our free virtual MPSP Lecture Series and get the latest photonics research news from our Fellows. (Almost) every Wednesday, 5 p.m. CET more
The Max Planck School of Photonics consists of many exciting and research-focused universities and non-university research institutions. One of our main partners is the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF). In this news article on the general Max Planck Schools website you can get to know it better and learn how MPSP and IOF work together. more

Present your research at our MPSP Coffee Breaks!

The MPSP Coffee Breaks offer the young photonics community a platform for the exchange of current research and for networking. If you would like to present your Master or PhD research here and get valuable feedback (as well as a MPSP certificate), please just email us:
There are already many great women in science - but not nearly enough! In photonics in particular, many intelligent young women shy away from a career as a scientist and a PhD. Three of our MPSP PhD candidates have nevertheless dared to step into science and now encouraged other young women in a Panel Discussion. more
Germany is an excellent place for young physics talents to continue their education and obtain a PhD in optics or photonics. We wanted to make this clear at our joint event with the Optical Society (OSA) and the German Academic Exchange Service. Two of our Fellows, Prof. Christine Silberhorn and Prof. Carsten Rockstuhl, give an impression how PhD-life at their research institutions looks like and what you need to become a PhD candidate in Germany. But the insights from Alejandra, who exactly went this way, and Peter Kerrigan, Deputy Director of the DAAD in New York are also very exciting. Just take a look! more
For the virtual Photonics Days Jena 2020 we have asked Dr. Hanieh Fattahi, Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light Erlangen and Fellow of our Max Planck School of Photonics, to give us an interview. In addition to exciting insights into her research, she also had some really good advice for young researchers. Watch the Interview here! more
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