The International Office was established in summer 2018 in order to support international colleagues studying, researching and working at the Max Planck Institute for Biology and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory with their daily lives. Some of the services offered include help with:

  • Visa applications and extensions
  • Arrangements before arrival
  • Registration with the city
  • Insurance (health insurance, liability insurance, etc.)
  • Opening a bank account
  • Flat hunting and accommodation
  • Day care centres, kindergartens and schools
  • Driving licences
  • Learning the language
  • Daily life (ranging from finding missed products to travelling, finding a doctor and understanding cultural differences)

If you will be coming to the MPI for Biology or the FML and have questions before your arrival at the institute, please contact our International Office Manager, George Deffner, and he will be happy to help you.


George Deffner
MPI for Biology
Max-Planck-Ring 5
72076 Tuebingen

Phone +49 (0)7071 601-442
E-Mail: george.deffner(at)

Room: 1.B.11