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Corona Virus – Relevant information (as of June 7, 2021) for all scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

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The Corona regulations are divided into the areas in which they apply. There are different resolutions for NRW, the city of Bonn and the institute respectively. The city of Bonn is introducing relaxations of the Corona regulations from May 22, 2021. Please find all updates marked yellow in the respective areas.

Updated Corona Regulations (valid from June 7, 2021):

During the pandemic, regulations are imposed by different sources. The German government imposes the overall rules but the governments of the individual Länder (states in Germany) as well as some cities have the freedom to impose regulations with regard to the particular situation of the area. Here we try to summarize the information relevant for our guests as best as possible and to keep it up to date. We assume no liability for this information and refer to the government websites for the official regulations:

NRW website (only in German), Federal Foreign Office's website, city of Bonn's website.

German government / NRW government regulations

  • UPDATE: From Monday, May 17, 2021, new rules for fully vaccinated and recovered persons (see below).
  • UPDATE: From Thursday May 13, 2021, there are new travel / entry regulations in place, please read them below under "travel".
  • UPDATE: From Saturday, April 27, 2021, it is mandatory to wear a FFP2 or KN95 mask by using the public transport. 
  • UPDATE: From Saturday, April 24, 2021, employers must offer home office where possible.
  • everyone can get tested for free with a rapid test once a day. It is not clear whether you have to be registered in Bonn to do this. Please find more information on where you can get tested here.
  • couples are considered as one household (regardless of their living arrangements).

Dennis Gaitsgory New Director at MPIM

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Dennis Gaitsgory is a newly appointed director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. He will join the three active directors Gerd Faltings, Peter Teichner, and Peter Scholze in July 2021.

Dennis Gaitsgory was Born in 1973 in Moldava, a republic of the Soviet Union at the time. He studied at Tel Aviv University under Joseph Bernstein from 1990–1996, where he received his doctorate in 1997 for a thesis on "Automorphic Sheaves and Eisenstein Series". In the academic years 1996/97 and 1998/99 he was at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2001 he became Associate Professor at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty of Harvard University in 2005.

Danica Kosanović Receives Hausdorff Memorial Prize

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Danica Kosanović is one of the two prize winners of the Hausdorff Memorial Prize for the best PhD thesis in mathematics at the University of Bonn in 2019/2020. In her thesis on “A geometric approach to the embedding calculus knot invariants”, which was supervised by Peter Teichner, she proved a 30 year old conjecture about invariants of classical knots.

From Bonn to... Berlin. Interview with Gaëtan Borot about his time at MPIM and his new position

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Gaëtan Borot studied at the ENS Paris and finished his PhD with Bertrand Eynard in theoretical physics at CEA Saclay in 2011. After two years as postdoc in Geneva and a visit of MIT, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in 2014 as Advanced Researcher (W2). In the Fall of 2020 he has moved to a chair at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He is working on the combinatorial and algebraic structures of quantum field theory and is best known for his contributions to topological recursion for which he has received the Dubrovin Medal of 2020. Christian Blohmann had a conversation with him about his new position and his time in Bonn.

Blohmann: How is your new job?

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.

Ist Mathematik Kunst oder Wissenschaft? Interview mit Don Zagier im Magazin brand eins

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Professor Don Zagier, emeritierter Direktor des MPI für Mathematik in Bonn, erzählt in einem Interview des Magazins brand eins von der Faszination, die Zahlen auf Mathematiker ausüben.

 

Traueranzeige - Herrn apl. Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Baues

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Das Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik trauert um

Herrn apl. Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Baues

† 8. Mai 2020

Herr Professor Baues war von 1986 bis zu seinem Eintritt in den Ruhestand 2008 als Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe Topologie am MPIM tätig. Er hat den Aufbau des Instituts seit den frühen Anfängen begleitet und dessen Renommee durch seine hervorragende wissenschaftliche Arbeit entscheidend mitgeprägt. Die Bonner Mathematik verliert mit Herrn Professor Baues einen exzellenten und engagierten Wissenschaftler.

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