Once upon a time, a scientist started to work at the MPDL. Such a peculiar place! After a while, she was curious about a lot of things she didn’t have an answer to. She asked herself: where do all the serves we have come from? Where are they located? What are research coordinators and what do they do? Why can’t I find them on their institute’s homepage? Who can I get in touch with to get access to all the Max Planck Institutes? What are all the different networks within the MPG? What are they doing? And what is the GNZ (or better: what does that abbreviation stand for)? So many questions!
So she did what all scientists do best: she started researching. The journey began through various documents and different websites (Google wasn’t what it is today back then!), many phone calls, and some visits at the General Headquarters, MCDF, and some Max Planck Institutes. After a while, the scientist had all the info she was searching for in her head. “Wow”, she thought, “The Max Planck Society is such a cool place – it grows continuously as a successful research organization – like an MPG City harboring diverse research institutes, expanding infrastructures, and exciting networks!”
After a while, she decided to draw a map with all the things she learned about the MPG and make the first MPG City map. This map evolved over the years and is now the foundation for the first MPG City Week 2021, which is organized by the MPDL with a helpful hand from the General Headquarters.
But what about the scientist, you might ask? No worries, she is still there and maybe you might even spot her at some of the MPDL sessions…