Welcome office

On behalf of all employees of our institute, we warmly welcome new employees from abroad to the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

Our Welcome Service offers support and services to students, scientists and visiting scholars who are coming from abroad.

All the following information can also be found in our guide for international scientists that provides a very short document that is intended to help you with the first steps after arriving in Germany.

Our departments’ secretaries serve as a first point of contact for newcomers. During the initial period they assist with the following services:

  • Assistance applying for a residence permit
  • Assistance with health insurance matters
  • Renting an apartment provided by the Max Planck Institute
  • Assistance with filling in German forms related to your stay at the Max Planck Institute

Upon your arrival, new employees will be assigned a personal mentor who will give a tour of the institute, and help with all the inevitable formalities and will also answer possible questions. Of course, all our employees can always ask the group leaders or any other colleague if they have any further questions or if they are facing problems of any kind. We wish everybody a good start at the MPI CEC, success for their research projects and we hope that they and their family will settle quickly and enjoy their stay in Germany!

We encourage everyone to contact the secretaries and use our services at any time during the stay.

We wish everyone an enjoyable stay and much success!

Welcome to Mülheim

Visa and residence permit

There are different types of visas depending on the purpose and the period of your stay at our institute. EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany. Generally speaking, all other foreigners require a visa for stays in Germany. A visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180‑day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement. more

Health Care

Germany has a universal multi-payer health care system with two main types of health insurance: "Statutory Health Insurance" (Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung) known as sickness funds and "Private Health Insurance" (Private Krankenversicherung). more

Tax system

If you have never worked in Germany before, you need an identification number. Please make an appointment at the local Finanzamt. more


To receive your salary and be able to withdraw money, it is necessary to open a giro account at a bank, savings bank or Postbank. The service they offer are more or less the same, it depends on your personal needs and wishes on customer service and account fees. more


We will hand out a list of possible addresses and contact persons in Mülheim to you after your arrival at the institute. All current accommodation advertisements are also published in our Intranet. Asking your new colleagues is always a good idea, maybe someone heard about a good apartment etc. more


Mülheim offers a variety of interesting and attractive locations, inviting visitors to enjoy a stroll around the city by the river Ruhr. From the Old Town up to the Water Station, visitors can spend an entertaining time and explore many different areas of beauty and interest. more

MPG - Guide

Living and working in Germany - For international scientists. Link

Facts about Germany

The portal offers all sorts of up-to-date and reliable information about all aspects of modern life in Germany. Figures, facts, interesting timelines and all information are available in 19 different languages, including Arabic, English, Farsi and Chinese. more