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Corona Virus – Relevant information (as of January 25, 2021) for all scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

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Updated Regulations from the German Government / NRW Government (valid from Jan. 25, 2021):

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 NRW government):
Travelers who have visited a virus variant area or risk area in the last ten days before entering Germany must register at 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 virus variant areas. 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.

Entering/returning from a virus variant area:
Immediately after arrival, travelers are required to go into quarantine for 10 days (starting on 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. After five days of quarantine they have to get tested again and if this result is negative, the quarantine can be terminated. Otherwise the quarantine obligation continues and the competent authorities may decide on the individual ordering of a further test on a case-by-case basis.

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

- contacts should be minimized to the absolute minimum
- it is allowed to meet with only one other person from a different household (This also applies for participation in livestreams in the same room!)
- private or public parties are unacceptable

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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