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Max Planck Institute for the History of Human History

How are historical events, cultural changes and major migratory movements related? Where is the origin of historical pathogens? What factors led to the spread and diversification of the large language families? How did the development of crops and the transformation of human societies interact? What factors promote the diffusion and adoption of new technologies?

At the institute, founded in 2014, scientists from different disciplines, such as genetics, linguistics, archeology, anthropology and history, jointly develop innovative methods for language documentation, global language and cultural databases as well as analysis methods that combine evolutionary theories and modern computing methods. They use the most modern methods in the biomolecular field, such as genome-wide DNA sequencing, in order to obtain detailed information on genetic relationships, geographical origins, selection processes or genetic structures of extinct human, plant, animal or pathogenic organisms on the basis of tiny samples. With this thoroughly interdisciplinary approach, it should be possible to answer questions about human history that have previously appeared difficult, if not insoluble.


Kahlaische Str. 10
07745 Jena
Phone: +49 3641 686-5
Fax: +49 3641 686-990

PhD opportunities

This institute has an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS):

IMPRS for the Science of Human History

In addition, there is the possibility of an individual doctorate with the directors and in the research groups.