Information on Covid-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) and its effects on the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) takes the unusual risk posed by the current pandemic very seriously. Our overarching goal is to ensure the health and safety of all employees, including those whose presence at the MPI-M is still required. But we also accept our responsibility to society at large, requiring that we minimise work-related face-to-face contact.

The following measures are in place, effective immediately and until further notice; we expect them to remain in effect at least up to and including 19 April:

  1. The MPI-M remains open and operational, albeit with drastically reduced personal presence. The library is closed.
  2. Home Office is strongly encouraged for everyone, to reduce face-to-face contact during work and commuting. All are obliged to maintain physical distance from each other (two metres minimum) and to follow strict hygiene standards.
  3. Face-to-face meetings should be replaced by virtual meetings wherever possible.
  4. All meetings are suspended, including all seminars, departmental, and group meetings. 
  5. No new visitors or guests are accepted.

The MPI-M Corona task force will meet regularly -- once per week or more often -- to assess new developments and to inform you right away. We sincerely hope that we can avoid a closure of the MPI-M. Should that happen, however, access to the building will be barred for all except a very small number of people.