The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics is one out of 80 institutes and research establishments of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, which has been founded in 1948 succeeding the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft and is committed to basic research.

The institute's research program presently concentrates on two interdisciplinary research fields, namely Astroparticle Physics and Quantum Dynamics. Many of the institute's research activities strongly rely on the use of lasers.

The institute is strongly involved in national and international collaborations, as well as a number of EU projects. In many of its key research areas, it has unique expertise and produced outstanding scientific results.