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Key Information

The Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) is a nonprofit research institution, organized in the legal form of a registered association (Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.). The MBI is scientifically independent but without legal personality. It is at the same time member of the Leibniz Association and is funded (50% each) by the German federal government (BMBF) and the German states (Länder), in particularly by Berlin.

The MBI maintains close scientific relations with the three Berlin universities. Its directors are jointly appointed by the institute and one of the universities. Marc Vrakking is full professor at FU-Berlin, Stefan Eisebitt at TU-Berlin and Thomas Elsaesser at HU Berlin.

The institute was founded by the end of 1991 and consists presently of about 180 members of staff, among them 90 scientists (including guest scientists and PhD students). The annual budget is typically about € 20 Mio. of which about € 4 Mio. are acquired through third party funding.

More Information About the MBI

More on the scientific mission of the MBI you can find here …  Information on the location and neighborhood of the Max Born Institute is found here ... 

The name of the institut refers to Max Born, one of the most important pioneers of modern physics. Max Born received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1954 (together with W. Bothe) "for his fundamental research in quantum mechanics, especially for his statistical interpretation of the wavefunction". More about Max Born can be found here …

About the MBI Guest Program you can read more here …