On November 4, 2008, Prof. Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society was visiting our Institute. The delegation of: Prof. P. Gruss, Prof. K. Hahlbrock, Dr. Sabine Zimmermann and Mrs Kristina Schmucker were hosted by Prof. Jacek Kuznicki, Director of IIMCB. During the meeting achievements of the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology were presented and development of joint IIMCB – MPS venture was discussed.