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.

Travel or return from abroad

Due to the continuing travel warning travelers abroad should inform themselves about the applicable quarantine regulations in their respective federal state, if necessary by consulting the responsible health authority both before and after their stay abroad. Staff returning from trips to (possibly newly declared) risk areas are not allowed to enter the Institute for 14 days after their return. This also applies if people from the same household (e.g. partners, children, parents, flat mates) have been in a risk area (in the above sense) within the last 14 days.

The current risk areas can be found on the RKI website:

Current travel warnings regarding COVID-19 can be found here:

Further information can be found on the re-open EU page of the European Union.

Regulations (valid until 31 August 2020)

In line with the cautious withdrawal of restrictions on public life, the Institute can now begin a cautious and gradual return to normal operation, thanks to the implementation of the protective and hygiene measures. Strict compliance with the regulations and instructions of the MPI-M building action plan COVID 19 (Intranet) is indispensable in this regard.

This is the only way to minimize the risk of infection even with a higher number of people working at the Institute.

In practice this means:

  • The MPI-M is open and in in operation.
  • Maintaining a distance of 1.5 - 2 meters is mandatory throughout the entire area of the Institute. If this distance cannot be maintained, masks should be worn or kept ready. (We will try to maintain a small reserve of disposable masks in the Geschäftszimmer.)
  • In compliance with the attached regulations working at the Institute is possible and can be particularly useful if this allows for more efficient work. Employees should document their presence at the institute (date, time) themselves in order to be able to support the local authorities in identifying contact persons in the event of an infection.
  • Otherwise, home office is recommended, especially for those who belong to a risk group.
  • All meetings, including seminars, department and group meetings, should continue to be virtual as a rule. However, the use of the seminar rooms is possible again to a limited extent and under certain conditions (see action plan). If this possibility is used, it must always be ensured that people can join by video.
  • All business trips need authorisation by the respective departmental Director. Regulations for international business trips can be found on MAX (MPS intranet).
  • Guests are permitted again with immediate effect in agreement with the respective department director and in compliance with the distance regulations and hygiene measures.

The Corona Task Force will continue to monitor all developments in the situation, evaluate them for the Institute, adapt regulations accordingly if necessary or develop new measures and instruments. We will inform you every week after the Management Committee meeting. If you have any questions please ask your group leader or a member of the task force or contact our company physician during telephone consultation hours.