Guide for new scientist



Dear Colleague,

We would like to welcome you to the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin Buch.

Living abroad, far away from home is an important and interesting experience for everybody. Such a sabbatical leave and life in another cultural sphere is also, however, accompanied by some challenging experiences. We want you to feel welcome in Germany and at the MDC in Berlin Buch and we wish your stay to be happy and pleasant. read more...


Living in Germany


Preperations at home

What to do first in Germany


Money / Bank account


Kindergarten / School

Parents are entitled to child benefit until their child turns 18. On application you will receive a monthly payment of 192 Euro per child for the first two children, 198 Euro for the third and 223 Euro for every subsequent child.


Local Authorities


Registration Offices

Recognition of Degrees and Achievments



At the MDC


What to organize first

The MDC Homepage

Information about Berlin-Buch



Enjoying life in Berlin


Important papers and web-links for Berlin

Public transport

Shopping in Berlin

Libraries in Berlin

Post office






Income tax

Church tax


Social security and accident insurance


Social security and accident insurance


Health and care insurance

Pension scheme

Unemployment insurance


Accident insurance


Science and Research in Germany


Competencies of the federal government and the "Länder"

Higher education

Research institutions

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (AvH)


Telephone numbers, contacts and further information


Telephone numbers, contacts and further information




Scientific System

Social security