The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine is embedded in an excellent scientific scenery. Münster accommodates eight Colleges and Universities with a total of 50.000 students. The pronounced connection to the University and the University Hospital was already established during the founding period of the Institute. The Max Planck Institute particularly liaises with the Medical Faculty; two directors are member of the Faculty, and the third director was jointly appointed by the Max Planck Institute and the Medical Faculty. Life Science is a core theme of research in Münster, with a strong emphasis on molecular medicine, and strongly benefits from the vicinity and cooperation of the institutions. These conditions make a unique scientific framework for the internationally oriented Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, which enables the Institute to pioneer in the modern, medically relevant research of organ system development, like that of the vascular system.