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Enhancing Science Partnerships for Innovation and Sustainable Development


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The Max Planck Society

The international research cooperation pursued with foreign partners by the Max Planck Society is based on a number of different individual projects that are initiated and carried out independently by the researchers involved. To achieve this, the Max Planck Society uses a range of different instruments.

It is the view of the Max Planck Society that scientific collaboration has a special responsibility to help solve global problems which particularly affect the countries in Africa. These include malnutrition, infectious diseases, poverty, climate change, inadequate energy supply, human rights violations, crime, military conflicts and civil war. However, due to its special mission to conduct excellent basic research, the Max Planck Society's institutional commitment is only feasible to a limited extent in these countries and aims, in particular, to foster young researchers and scientists. In many areas, however, the Max Planck Institutes have the problem-solving expertise that can be mobilised in places where it is needed and the human and financial resources are available. Regionally, the work of the Max Planck Society focuses on North Africa and southern Africa.

Africa assumes a key role in understanding current global transformations and in climate issues as well as in social and political changes. Max Planck researchers are therefore committed to issues relating to health research, marine research, ecosystem research, biodiversity, social sciences, law and vocational training.

The Max Planck Society is currently preparing to set up a Max Planck research group in the area of infectious biology at the KwaZulu Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban.