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The provider of this internet site within the legal meaning of the term is the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (an independent non-profit foundation).


Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1
D-45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr
Tel. +49 (0)208/306-1

Register of foundations
The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung is registered in the register of foundations at the district government in Düsseldorf. The registration number is 15.2.1-St.103.

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung is officially represented by its Board of Governors, which in turn is represented by the Managing Director of the Institute, Prof. Ferdi Schüth, and by the Administrative Director, Dr. Verena Schultz-Coulon.

Value added tax identification number
The value added tax identification number of the Max-Planck-Instituts für Kohlenforschung is: DE 120348810

The editor responsible for the content of this internet web site of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung is:
Prof. Ferdi Schüth
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1
D-45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Technical responsibilty
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Legal Structure
Since 1939, the Institute is an independent, non-profit organisation governed by private law. It is controlled by a Board of Governors (Verwaltungsrat) consisting of representatives from industry, the city of Mülheim an der Ruhr, the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Max-Planck-Society. The Board of Governors elects a chairman and two vice-chairman (Vorstand).

The objective of the Foundation is to promote basic research in the natural sciences for the benefit of the general public.

The Foundation is legally bound by its statute and by the legislation of the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen (Stiftungsgesetz). The Foundation is registered as a non-profit organisation and receives public funding in the framework of the Max-Planck-Society. The Institute is a member of the Association of German Foundations (Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen).

Liability for Contents of Online Information
As the provider of contents in accordance with Section 7 Paragraph 1 of the Tele-Media Law, the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung shall be responsible for any contents which it makes available for use in accordance with general legal provisions. The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung makes every effort to provide timely and accurate information on this Web site. Nevertheless, errors and inaccuracies cannot be completely ruled out. Therefore, the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung does not assume any liability for the relevance, accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided. The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung shall not be liable for damage of a tangible or intangible nature caused directly or indirectly through the use or failure to use the information offered and/or through the use of faulty or incomplete information unless it is verifiably culpable of intent or gross negligence. The same shall apply to any downloadable software available free of charge. The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung reserves the right to modify, supplement, or delete any or all of the information offered on its Internet site, or to temporarily or permanently cease publication thereof without prior and separate notification.

Links to Internet Sites of Third Parties
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