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    Coronavirus – What is happening in the Brain City Berlin?

Opening perspectives for Berlin universities: In the winter semester of 2021/2022, most teaching and studying will once again take place in attendance. This was agreed by the Berlin Senate and Berlin's universities on July 30. Despite the pandemic-related restrictions, many top-class experts from Brain City Berlin are doing important work: They are conducting research and providing vital information and advice to policymakers and society at large. Where can you find more information? And what measures does the current phased plan for Berlin's universities involve? Here's an overview:

The pandemic continues to shape the operations, research, teaching, and administrative work at Berlin's universities as well as its independent research institutions. On 20 October 2020, The State of Berlin’s Phased Plan for Reintroducing Normal On-Site Operations with Pandemic-Related Protective Measures at Universities came into force after having been agreed by the Senate Chancellery for Higher Education and Research and the Berlin universities. The plan has three phases. Its objective is to give the universities the greatest possible planning security for the implementation of teaching and research while ensuring protection against infection. 

Current operational restrictions for the Berlin universities

In the winter semester of 2021/2022, the majority of teaching and studying at Berlin's universities will once again take place in person. The Senate and Berlin's universities agreed on this on July 30 and laid down key points in a paper.

Protection against infection is to be ensured with established hygiene measures and tests, the highest possible vaccination rate and appropriate contact tracking. Only those who are vaccinated, recovered or tested will be able to take advantage of on-site university offerings and access their services. Analogous to the other educational institutions, while strictly adhering to these protective measures, the goal is to eliminate the minimum distance of 1.5 meters in order to ensure the space requirements for teaching and studying in presence. In view of falling incidence figures, the current restrictions on study and teaching had already been relaxed in June 2021, allowing more presence on campus once again.

The winter semester will begin for the universities of applied sciences on October 1, 2021, and for the universities and art colleges on October 18, 2021. Some of the private universities start the winter semester earlier.

Press release of the Berlin Senate from July 30, 2021(German only)
Download key points for the winter semester 2020/2021 (German only)

Coronavirus mitigation measures at Berlin's universities and research institutions

Information and actions of the Berlin scientific community regarding the Coronavirus

Berlin's scientific institutions are making an important contribution to research on the coronavirus. In addition, the universities and non-university institutions in the Brain City are doing important work providing information and helping people understand the nature of the pandemic. Experts are working to keep the public informed and are providing advice to policymakers and society in general in an effort to counteract the spread of the disease.

Here is an overview of information being posted online by prominent scientific institutions about their projects, measures, offers of help, and current case numbers.

  • Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is continuing to research how to fight the virus. You can find the latest news on their coronavirus information page.
  • Intense research into Sars-Cov-2 is also underway at the Max Delbrück Centre (MDC).
  • The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is currently the research institution in Germany most often quoted in connection with the pandemic. The RKI is providing information about the number of cases and risk areas and is issuing current risk assessments. 
  • What effects will the pandemic have on the economy and society? The expert service on the COVID-19 pandemic at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) provides contacts to experts who can address non-medical topics.
  • The spread of the virus has resulted in many questions being raised. Brain City-Ambassador Professor Dr Christian Drosten, Director of the Institute for Virology at Charité Berlin, answers them in his coronavirus podcast on NDR Info. He also provides a daily update on the current situation. 
  • The CovApp provided by Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin offers specific recommendations for action and other information about the coronavirus. A questionnaire can be filled out online. Individuals should be able to better assess for themselves whether a visit to the doctor or a coronavirus test is necessary.
  • The coronavirus page of the Berlin Senate Chancellery also gives a comprehensive overview of the current situation in the capital. In addition, it provides information on measures, quarantine regulations, investigation centres, and much more. (vdo)


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