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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).

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.

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

Lecture course by Don Zagier

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Starting May 10, Don Zagier will give a joint IGAP*/MPIM lecture course entitled “From 3-manifold invariants to number theory”, intended to be accessible to mathematicians in all fields and at all levels. The course will take place on

Mondays 4pm–6pm and Fridays 2pm–4pm,

starting on Monday, May 10, and ending in late July. All lectures will be streamed online on Zoom, from MPIM in May and from Trieste in June and July. The course is available to everybody (including mathematicians not at the MPI, SISSA, or ICTP), but one must register in order to participate. The meeting details are given below.

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?

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