The Structure of the Institute
The Max Planck Institute for Human Development is headed by four Directors: Ute Frevert (Director of the Center for the History of Emotions), Ralph Hertwig (Director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality), Ulman Lindenberger (Director of the Center for Lifespan Psychology), and Iyad Rahwan (Director of the Center for Humans and Machines). The current Managing Director is Ute Frevert.
The Institute’s four research centers, a Lise Meitner Group, an Emmy Noether Group, and three Max Planck Research Groups are also involved in numerous national and international collaborative research efforts with universities and nonuniversity research institutions.
The Institute is one of more than 80 research institutions operated by the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, an independent, nonprofit research organization. The Max Planck Institutes carry out basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, and social and human sciences.
The Institute’s service units provide the necessary infrastructure and offer unparalleled conditions for outstanding research.
The Institute’s General Manager and Head of the Administration Department is Brigitte Merz.