More than 70 Partner Groups exist worldwide. They are a useful instrument in the joint promotion of junior scientists with countries interested in strengthening their research through international cooperation, including, for example, India, China, Middle and Eastern European countries, Russia and Argentina.
Partner Groups can be set up with an institute abroad with the proviso that, following a research residency at a Max Planck Institute, top junior scientists (post docs) return to a leading and appropriately-equipped laboratory in their home country and carry out further research on a subject that is also in the interests of their previous host Max Planck institute.
The Partner Group with Professor Dr. Jeong Beom Kim, UNIST/South Korea started in 2012 and lasted for five years.
The Partner Group with Professor Dr. Dong Wook Han, Konkuk University/South Korea existed from 2014 until 2017.