Staff outing of the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin (1953)
Source: Archives of the Max Planck Society, Berlin Dahlem

Social History and the Public

Ulrike Thoms' research focuses primarily on the relationship of the MPG to the public and the social history of the Max Planck Society. She studies the structures of the organization as a large scientific enterprise and social organism, the social differentiation of the members and staff, their specific working methods, the development of remuneration and salary structures, and the establishment of fixed-term contracts as elements of operational codetermination. Her research questions on the area of the public concern the development of communication strategies and professional public relations both internally and externally, the construction and dissemination of an image of the Max Planck Society, and, finally, how it reacted to problems and discussions in contemporary society, such as the education issue and animal experimentation