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Corona Virus – Relevant information (as of December 1, 2020) for all scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

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New Regulation for within the Institute

Official regulation from NRW:

There is an obligation to wear a mask in your office if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.

Regulations from the German Government

which apply in addition to the existing rules

- everyone who is traveling to Germany and has been in a risk area in the last 10 days before entry has to register with the Ministry of Health before entering Germany and proof this registration on entry. They have to be quarantined for 10 days and can get tested for Covid-19 at the earliest 5 days after arrival. Only if the result of this test is negative, the quarantine can be terminated.
- everyone should refrain from traveling altogether, accommodations (like hotels) will not be available for touristic purposes but only for urgent exceptions.

It is no longer possible to avoid quarantine or testing in Germany by proving a negative test result from abroad on entry.

- contacts should be minimized to the absolute minimum
- in public, people are only allowed to meet from 2 different households with max. 5 people
- private or public parties are unacceptable
- Christmas and New Year's Eve: from December 23, 2020 to January 1, 2021 it is allowed to meet within the closest circle of family or friends with max. 10 people (not counting children under 14)

- restaurants, bars, clubs etc. are closed and only available for food delivery or take-away
- leisure facilities like cinemas, theaters, arcades, amusement parks etc. are closed
- sport is only allowed for individuals, for two people together or from one household. Fitness studios and public swimming pools are closed

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact

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 are the following new regulations in place (additional and expanding on the existing rules):

  • there is an obligation to wear a face mask in defined (more busy) areas of the city:
    In the area of the main station, Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz and Konrad-Adenauer-Platz a mask must be worn daily between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
    In other defined areas, a mask must be worn on workdays between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. There are signs hanging around the city, which signal where to wear a mask. You can see the sign and a list of all the streets where a mask is obligatory on the city of Bonn's website.

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.

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

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

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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