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Corona Virus – Relevant information (as of October 19, 2020) for all scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

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Bonn has reached critical number of infected people!

Bonn has reached the critical number of infected people within 7 days (regions with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week are considered as risk areas) and therefore there will be the following new regulations in place starting tomorrow (additional and expanding on the existing rules):

  • there is an obligation to wear a face mask in pedestrian zones and shopping streets. There are signs (which you can see on the city of Bonn's website) hanging around the city, which signal where to wear a mask. Please find a list of places/streets where this is mandatory down below.
  • a maximum of five people from different households may come together in a public space
  • there is a closing time for pubs and restaurants (11 p.m. to 6 a.m.)
  • no alcohol may be served between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • the number of participants for private celebrations in public space is limited to 25
  • events with more than 500 participants (outside) or 250 participants (inside) are prohibited

These are the streets and places determined by the city of Bonn, where masks are compulsory:

City district Bonn: Acherstraße, Am Hauptbahnhof, Berta-von-Suttner-Platz, Breitestraße, Bonner Talweg, Bonngasse, Brüdergasse, Dreieck, Friedensplatz, Friedrichstraße, Gangolfstraße, In der Sürst, Kasernenstraße, Markt, Maxstraße, Maximillianstraße, Mühlheimer Platz, Münsterplatz, Münsterstraße, Poststraße, Remigiusplatz, Remigiusstraße, Sternstraße, Sterntorbrücke, Stockenstraße, Vivatsgasse, Wenzelgasse.

City district Bad Godesberg: Alte Bahnhofstraße, Am Fronhof, Am Michaelshof, Bürgerstraße, Koblenzer Straße, Moltkeplatz, Oststraße, Pfarrer-Minartz-Straße, Schultheißgasse, Theaterplatz.

City district Beuel: Friedrich-Breuer-Straße, Hermannstraße, Hans-Böckler-Straße, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz, Obere-Wilhelm-Straße, Rathausstraße.

City district Hardtberg: Am Schickshof, Im Burgacker, Rochusplatz, Rochusstraße. 

Anyone walking in the above-mentioned areas must wear a mask. The city will draw attention to the mask obligation in the pedestrian zones and shopping streets with several hundred posters.

Source for this information is the website of the city of Bonn:

Please note that high penalties will be incurred if you do not comply with the regulations!

Please follow these regulations, keep washing and disinfecting your hands and keep a 1,5m distance.

Updated on October 19, 2020.

MPIM Mathematicians in Home Office. Research Continues Online

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While the members of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics work from their home office, some seminars and research activities continue online. Please check the weekly program and the Bonn math calendar. The announcements there contain the access information. In addition, many of MPIM's researchers have set up virtual offices. Please contact the persons you would like to discuss with individually.

MPIM's library, IT services, and the administration remain open to institute members, some with reduced opening hours. Persons without MPIM access card cannot enter the institute until further notice.

The Hirzebruch Lecture will not take place this year.

Practical and administrative information for present and future visitors are on our Corona information web page.

Lisa Piccirillo Recipient of the Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize 2021

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Lisa Piccirillo, postdoctoral visitor at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, is one of the first three recipients of the newly inaugurated Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize Awarded to Women Mathematicians for Early-Career Achievements. She is awarded the prize for resolving the classic problem that the Conway knot is not smoothly slice.

Gaëtan Borot Awarded Dubrovin Medal of 2020

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Gaëtan Borot, Advanced Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, is one of the first two recipients of the newly created Dubrovin Medal. The prize committee has recognized "his numerous and wide-ranging contributions to the theory of topological recursion leading to the proof of the Bouchard-Marino conjecture and to several applications to geometry and mathematical physics in the area of integrable systems."

Arunima Ray appointed as Lise Meitner Group Leader

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Arunima Ray, advanced researcher at the MPIM, was chosen as one of the 20 Lise Meitner Group Leaders from a field of 470 candidates. Launched in 2018 by the Max Planck Society, the Lise Meitner Excellence Program is aimed at women scientists who, even at the beginning of their scientific career, already rank among the exceptional talents in their area of research.

Special online colloquium between IHES and MPIM

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Robert Penner is a mathematician known for his works in geometry and combinatorics of moduli spaces, and holding the Rene Thom Chair in mathematical biology at IHES. In the past, he and coauthors have developed geometric tools to study RNA and protein folding. He recently became interested in viruses, notably to identify potentially interesting sites in glycoproteins present in the coronavirus responsible for the current epidemy. He will present this work during the talk, Thursday 25th June 3-4.30pm local time.

Continue here for more information and video conference details.

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