The Spemann Laboratory was established with the aim of promoting the early independence of junior scientists. A Max Planck wide selection committee nominates Spemann laboratory group leaders. Currently the Spemann laboratory comprises the research groups of Taro Fukao and Robert Schneider.
The Spemann Laboratory is named after Hans Spemann (1869-1941), a German biologist who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1935 fo his work on experimental embryology. His last academic appointment was as a Professor of Zoology at the University of Freiburg.