Skip to main content

News Archive

News about the MPI for Mathematics and the people working here

Corona Virus – Relevant information (as of April 16, 2021) for all scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

Posted in

Updated Regulations from the German Government / NRW Government (valid from April 19, 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.

Bonn / NRW regulations

  • UPDATE: From Monday, April 19, 2021, it will no longer be possible to enter stores in Bonn that offer goods that go beyond everyday needs with a negative test result for the day. It will then remain within the framework of the emergency brake of the state of NRW for these stores to "click and collect", i.e. pick up ordered goods. Only grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies and all stores that were previously allowed to enter without a negative test result will remain open.
  • UPDATE: From Monday, April 19, 2021, appointments at the city administration / city hall only possible with a negative test result from the same day (self-tests at home are not sufficient).
  • everyone can get tested for free once a week with a rapid test. 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.
  • it is allowed that 5 people from 2 households meet
  • couples are considered as one household (regardless of their living arrangements)
  • schools and childcare centers are partially open
  • outdoor sport is allowed with up to 5 people from 2 households

Medical mask obligation

The new regulation states that it is obligatory to wear a medical mask in public transportation, stores and doctor's offices. Fabric masks are no longer adequate in these locations. Medical masks in the sense of this regulation are so-called surgical masks, masks of the standard FFP2 or masks comparable to these (KN95/N95).

Travel

(regulations from the North Rhine-Westphalia government)
In Germany the individual Länder are responsible for quarantine regulations (in our case NRW). The Länder have put in place their own regulations on the basis of a specimen regulation.
Travelers who are allowed to enter Germany (see below) and have visited a virus-variant area or risk area in the last ten days before entering Germany must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and carry proof of registration with them upon entry. This obligation always applies to those entering the country who have previously stayed in a virus-variant area. Certain exceptions apply for previous stays in other risk areas and high incidence areas. In particular, those who have only passed through a risk area and have not had a stopover there are exempt.
As of March 30, 2021, all persons traveling to Germany by air will generally be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result prior to travel.

Entering/returning from a virus-variant area
There is a transport ban for virus-variant areas. Transport companies e.g. airlines or railroad companies, are not allowed to transport persons from these countries to Germany. Transportation is only possible in narrowly defined exceptional cases, in particular for persons with residence and existing right of residence in Germany, persons who are only transferring in a transit area of a commercial airport, and in a few other special cases. German nationals not resident in Germany should not be denied boarding.
In these exceptional cases, immediately after arrival, travelers are required to go into quarantine for 14 days (starting in the day of departure from one of these areas) and have to report to the Health Department if they show any symptoms. Furthermore, they have to submit a negative test result on entry which is not older than 48 hours. The quarantine cannot be terminated early by getting tested again.

Entering/returning from other risk areas
Travelers have to quarantine for 10 days. The quarantine can be avoided by getting tested for Covis-19 either 48 hours before or within 24 hours after entering Germany and getting a negative test result. A rapid test, "Corona-Schnelltest", is sufficient. You can get tested at airports, test centers, pharmacies or doctors at your own expense.

For arriving at the airports Cologne-Bonn (CGN) and Düsseldorf (DUS), the NRW regulations apply. For travelers who arrive at Frankfurt airport (FRA) the regulations could be different, as it is located in another federal state (Hessen), please check with your airline and with the official regulations of Hessen.

Dennis Gaitsgory New Director at MPIM

Posted in

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

Posted in

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

Posted in

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

Posted in

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

Posted in

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

Posted in

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

Posted in

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

Posted in

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

Posted in

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.

© MPI f. Mathematik, Bonn Impressum & Datenschutz
-A A +A