Corona update

As the current situation and infection situation in the COVID-19 pandemic remains very dynamic, we will continue to monitor the regional situation very closely. To counteract the 3rd wave of the pandemic, the Board of Directors has decided to initially extend the current measures until April 19th, 2021.

Illustration showing the morphology of coronaviruses.

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

Current measures until April 19th, 2021

From now on, 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.

Strict hygiene measures continue to apply at the DIfE:

  • 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.

The canteen is open and offers only takeaway food for all guests until further notice. External guests can purchase their lunch Mon-Fri between 12:45 and 2 pm.

DIfE employees are encouraged to keep their contacts to a minimum and work on a mobile basis wherever possible until April 30th, 2021.

Events take place digitally.

Visitor workshops are still not possible.

Internships for students from institutions other than the University of Potsdam will be suspended (even for commitments already made). In addition, no new commitments will be made until May 31th, 2021.

We will continue to inform you here about the current status.

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept us busy for over a year now, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your prudent behavior and understanding of restrictions during this special time. With the help of numerous adaptations and protective measures, the DIfE has weathered the crisis relatively well so far.

Thanks for your support and patience. We hope to return to mostly normal research operations as soon as possible. Stay healthy!

Kind regards

Dr. Birgit Schröder-Smeibidl & Prof. Tilman Grune