In Garching, IPP has two large-scale experiments, the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak and - till July 2002 - the WENDELSTEIN 7-AS stellarator. The follow-up stellarator experiment, WENDELSTEIN 7-X, is under construction at the branch institute of IPP in Greifswald.
Twelve Scientific Divisions are investigating the confinement of high-temperature hydrogen plasmas in magnetic fields, heating of plasmas, plasma diagnostics, magnetic field technology, data acquisition and processing, plasma theory, materials research, plasma-wall interaction and systems studies.
Furthermore, IPP hosts the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) Close Support Unit, the European reactor study group, as well as the design group for the international experimental reactor ITER.
IPP was founded in 1960. It is an institute of the Max Planck Society and also associated to the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres. Since 1961 IPP has been an associate of the European Fusion Programme, which comprises the fusion laboratories of the European Union and Switzerland. The Plasma Diagnostics Division in Berlin and Greifswald Branch Institute were formed in 1992 and 1994, respectively.
IPP is involved in JET, the joint European experiment in Culham/Great Britain. Since 1983, IPP is hosting the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) Close Support Unit, the successor of the NET group, and is providing - since 1988 - the technical site for the planning group responsible for designing ITER, the International Experimental Reactor. IPP coordinates its research effort with fusion research centreas all over the world. The institute is funded by the European Union, the German Federal Government, and the State Governments of Bavaria, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Berlin.