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The following provides mandatory data concerning the provider of this Website, obligations with regard to data protection, as well as other important legal references involving the Website of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (= www.mpe.mpg.de) as required by German law.


The provider of this Website within the legal meaning of the term is the registered association Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V..

Adress: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
Hofgartenstraße 8
80539 Munich
Telefon: +49 (89) 2108-0
Internet: www.mpg.de
E-Mail: presse@gv.mpg.de

Register of Societies and Associations

The Max Planck Society is registered in the Official Register of Societies and Associations at Berlin-Charlottenburg Local Court under the register number VR 13378 B.

Legal Representation

The Max Planck Society is legally represented by its Board of Directors which, in turn, is represented by the President of the Society, Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss and by Secretary General Dr. Ludwig Kronthaler.

Value Added Tax Identification Number

The value added tax identification number of the Max Planck Society is DE 129517720.


Responsible editors for the contents of the website of the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik with regard to media law:

    Dr. Hannelore Hämmerle
    Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik
    Giessenbachstrasse 1
    85748 Garching

Editors for further websites

Responsible editors for the contents of the websites of the different departments, groups and facilities of the Institutsnamen einfügen with regard to media law:
  1. High-Energy Astrophysics group
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Boller
  2. Infrared/Submillimeter Astronomy group
    Dr. Thomas Ott
  3. Optical and Interpretative Astronomy group
    Dr. Roberto Saglia
  4. Theory and Complex Plasmas group
    Dr. Michael Kretschmer

Technically Responsible (Webmaster)

Technically responsible for the website of the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik is:

    Alex Agudo Berbel

    Rainer Sigl

Legal Structure

The Max Planck Society is a non-profit research facility which is organized as a registered association. All of the institutes and facilities of the Max Planck Society are largely autonomous in terms of organization and research, but as a rule have no legal capacity of their own.

Foreign Language Pages

To the extent that parts of this Website are offered in languages other than German, this represents a service exclusively for staff and guests of the Max Planck Society who are not proficient in German.

Data Protection

Data Collection and Processing

Visits to this Website are logged. The anonymized IP address currently used by your computer, as well as further technical data pertaining to the data call is recorded.
No cookies are used within the scope of this Internet session.
Data is evaluated only for statistical purposes in anonymized form. No personal user profiles are created.
In accordance with Section 13 Paragraph 3 of the German Tele-Media Law [TMG], user profiles may be created using aliases for the purposes of advertising, market research and to suit market needs unless such is objected to by the user. We provide information on your right to object at the corresponding location on our Website.
The data protection officer of the Max Planck Society is available for questions concerning the topic of data protection at dsb@gv.mpg.de or +49 (0) 89-2108-1317.

Personalized Services / Newsletter

Insofar as you have decided to take advantage of a personalized service or to register for a newsletter service the required personal data are stored. As a rule this includes your e-mail address, first and surname as well as other data - depending on the type of offer. Your data are used only in order to provide you with the desired offer to your satisfaction and in order to respond to any inquiries. If you no longer wish to take advantage of a personalized service, your personal data will be deleted after you cancel your registration. If you wish to cancel your subscription to a newsletter, you can either send us an e-mail, or carry out cancellation by using the respective link at the end of the newsletter.

Data Transmission

Your personal data will only be transmitted to government organizations and authorities in legally required cases and/or for prosecution in the event of attacks on our network infrastructure. Your personal data are not provided to third parties for any other purpose.

Liability for Contents of Online Information

In accordance with Section 7 Paragraph 1 of the Tele-Media Law, the Max Planck Society shall be responsible for its own contents according to general legal provisions. The Max Planck Society makes every effort to provide timely and accurate information on this Website. Nevertheless, errors and inaccuracies cannot be completely ruled out. Therefore, the Max Planck Society does not assume any liability for the information provided being up-to-date as well as its accuracy, completeness or quality. The Max Planck Society shall not be liable for damage of a tangible or intangible nature caused directly or indirectly through the use or failure to use the information offered and/or through the use of faulty or incomplete information unless it is verifiably culpable of intent or gross negligence. The same shall apply to any software downloads available free of charge. The Max Planck Society reserves the right to modify, supplement, or delete any or all of the information offered on its Website, or to temporarily or permanently cease publication thereof without prior and separate notification.

The Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik World Wide Web pages contain links to personal homepages of various institute staff members and students. The URL of this personal pages usually begin with a tilde ( ~ ) after the URL of the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik. All material presented on these personal homepages and any linked documents is not monitored officially. All such material is the sole responsibility of the individual providing it and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik or the Max Planck Society. Any correspondence arising from material found on a personal homepage should be addressed to the relevant author.

Links to Websites of Third Parties

This Internet site includes links to other external pages.
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References to the subordinate pages of this Website are designated as follows: internal link [straight arrow ].
The respective provider shall be responsible for the contents of any linked external pages. In establishing the initial link, the Max Planck Society has reviewed the respective external content in order to determine whether such link entailed possible civil or criminal responsibility. However, a constant review of linked external pages is unreasonable without concrete reason to believe that a violation of the law may be involved. If the Max Planck Society determines such or it is pointed out by others that an external offer to which it is connected via a link entails civil or criminal responsibility, then the Max Planck Society will immediately eliminate any link to this offer. The Max Planck Society expressly dissociates itself from such contents.


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