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The provider of this Internet site within the legal meaning of the term is the registered association Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. (registered society).


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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. Martin Stratmann and by Secretary General Rüdiger Willems.

Value Added Tax Identification Number

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


Responsible editor for the contents of the website of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry with regard to media law is the Managing Director, Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein.


Dr. Eberhard Fritz
Research Coordination
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Hans-Knöll-Str. 10
07745 Jena, Germany

This PmWiki-based website has been jointly constructed by Eberhard Fritz (concept, contents), Steffen Richter (programming, webserver, pmwiki-installation), Silvana Schott (layout, design, database programming) and Susanne Hejjá (contents, pictures), supported by Dietrich Feist, Angela Günther and Steffi Rothhardt (content and layout consulting) and Bertram Smolny (IT consulting).

Editors for further websites

Responsible editors for the contents of the webpages of the different departments and independent groups of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry with regard to media law are their respective leaders (see below). All other webpages of research groups and service groups are under responsibility of the Managing Director, currently Prof. Susan Trumbore, if not stated otherwise.

1. Department of Biogeochemical Integration
Responsible editor: Prof. Markus Reichstein

2. Department of Biogeochemical Processes
Responsible editor: Prof. Susan Trumbore

3. Former Department of Biogeochemical Systems
Responsible editor: Prof. Susan Trumbore

4. Max Planck Research Group: Organic Paleobiogeochemistry
Responsible editor: Dr. Christian Hallmann

5. Research Group: Biospheric Theory and Modelling
Responsible editor: Dr. Axel Kleidon

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

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