I ran my own blog from November 2006 till October 2014. All posts are still online, but I don't have time to update it anymore. Please note that all images and media files have been removed when the backup was moved to a new host in early 2016. Enjoy!
The Max-Planck Society is a famous independent German non-profit research organization funded by the federal and state governments, having a world-leading reputation as a science & technology research organization and being considered by one of the most important research facilities worldwide by many experts.
It was founded on February 26, 1948, after World War II in Göttingen (Germany) which means that we're now celebrating its 60th anniversary. A total of 17 Nobel prizes have been awarded to its scientists since 1948, it currently has about 12300 employees (including 4200 scientists), it operates 80 research institutes all over Germany and other European countries and has a budget of about 1.4 billion euro a year (a bit more than 2 billion $US).