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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.

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.

Don Zagier elected as Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society

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The London Mathematical Society has elected Prof. Don Zagier (MPIM, Bonn) and Prof. Edward Witten (IAS, Princeton) to Honorary Membership of the Society in 2019.

Bundesverdienstkreuz (Great Cross of Merit) for Peter Scholze

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Professor Peter Scholze received the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Great Cross of Merit) from the Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The ceremony took place at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin (Federal President’s principal official residence). The Federal President's office declared that due to his exceptional achievements Peter Scholze was a motivating role model for future generations of his research area.


A new street in Bonn Poppelsdorf is named after the MPIM founder, Professor Friedrich Hirzebruch (1927-2012)

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We are pleased to announce that the city of Bonn decided on September 19, 2019 to name a new street in Bonn after our institute founder, Professor Friedrich Hirzebruch. The street is called Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee and is located in the Poppelsdorf campus between the corner of the Carl-Troll-Strasse/Karlrobert-Kreiten-Strasse and the new center of lecture halls, Endenicher Allee 19c.

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