Corona update

The Corona incidence rate is currently on the rise again. To protect yourself and others and to ensure normal operation, the known and still valid hygiene and safety measures at DIfE must be observed. The developed concepts are regularly checked to ensure that they are up to date and adapted if necessary.

Illustration showing the morphology of coronaviruses.

Illustration of the Corona virus (photo: CDC at Unsplash)

Current measures

Investigations in the context of human studies at the DIfE and at the NAKO Study Center Berlin-South/Brandenburg in Berlin-Steglitz will take place under strict hygiene measures and a testing strategy.

In accordance with the SARS-CoV-2 occupational health and safety regulation, the DIfE offers all employees with incomplete vaccination protection the opportunity to use twice per week antigen rapid tests as self-tests or lay tests.

Another means of containing the pandemic is vaccination. If you have not yet been vaccinated, you can find information from the German Federal Ministry of Health here.

The following hygiene measures continue to apply at the institute:

  • Wearing a medical mouth-nose protection is mandatory inside the building, especially on all traffic areas.
  • We recommend medical face masks (surgical masks). Even better self-protection is provided by particle-filtering half masks, e.g. FFP2 or comparable respirators.
  • In the own office rooms, the mouth-nose protection can be removed in case of a single office or sufficient distance.
  • The minimum distance between two persons of 1.5 m must be maintained. The general hygiene rules such as washing hands, disinfecting surfaces and regular ventilation must still be observed.

You can eat lunch outside in the canteen. External guests can visit the DIfE canteen from Mon-Fri between 12:45 pm and 2 pm. If lunch is consumed on-site in the outdoor area, contact information must be provided.

Events will be held primarily digitally.

Visitor workshops are still not possible.

Internships for students as well as Bachelor and Master theses can be arranged again.


We will continue to inform you about the current status at this point.

Stay healthy!

Kind regards

Dr. Birgit Schröder-Smeibidl & Prof. Tilman Grune