The people at MPQ

a series of portraits

As a Max Planck Institute, we define ourselves deeply by the cutting-edge research that the scientists do here, by the groundbreaking findings they create and the high-ranking publications they publish. But behind all the successes are many people, all with very different backgrounds and skills. Everyone makes a contribution. These staff members are our DNA and the most important building block of our institute. We are proud to have so many exciting characters and great people in our institute and we would like to introduce a few of them on this page.

The PhotonLab’s source of energy

Silke Stähler-Schöpf is the head and source of energy of the MPQ school laboratory PhotonLab. With great dedication and didactic skills, she conveys a fascination for quantum optics to young people - with ever new ideas, formats and methods. more

Librarian with heart and soul

Karin Fröschl plays a central role at MPQ: as head of the scientific library she is a highly valued advisor for all matters around the management of publications - as acting conflict counselor also for various others. more

“I try to contribute ideas and motivate”

Thomas Udem is a professor at LMU Munich and one of the longest-serving members of the laser spectroscopy research group led by Nobel prize winner Theodor Hänsch. He has supervised many doctoral students and was even dissertation advisor for some of them. His motto: just let them get on with it. more

“EU research funding is better than its reputation”

Dr Eileen Welz is one of three employees working at the EU Office of the Max Planck Institutes in the regional cluster Bavaria. Together with her two colleagues, Eileen Welz supports researchers with their applications for EU research funds which are currently facing political turmoil. more

<span>No Place for Know-It-Alls</span>

Michael Rogg is head of the MPQ mechanical workshop that produces components that are indispensable for research. Get a glimpse into his daily domain, a jewel of the MPQ and part of what researchers praise as "an outstanding research environment". more

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