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    Coronavirus – What is happening in the Brain City Berlin?

Opening perspectives for Berlin universities: Starting June 4, pandemic-related restrictions on studying and teaching will be gradually eased in light of falling incidence figures. Using hygiene concepts and testing strategies, more presence on campus should once again be possible. The Senate Chancellery for Higher Education and Research and the Berlin universities agreed on this on May 26. 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. In the course of the nationwide lockdown decided on December 13, the Senate Chancellery for Higher Education and Research and the Berlin universities agreed on December 14 to implement further measures to reduce contacts and the risk of infection. 

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 (update, according to the joint decision of May 26, 2021)

In view of falling incidence figures, the current restrictions on study and teaching will be relaxed from June 4 and, with the use of hygiene concepts and testing strategies, more presence on campus will once again be possible.

University libraries will then open for reference borrowing and PC pools, workstations and laboratories can also be used again. Small group practice formats will also generally be allowed.

As of June 18, the universities will further increase the proportion of attendance in their teaching and learning programs; in addition to practical formats, it will then also be possible to conduct further courses and examinations in attendance. In addition, the dining halls of the Studierendenwerk Berlin will be able to gradually resume their operations in June and initially offer meals for pick-up.

Details are listed in the press release of the Senate Chancelery from 26.05.2021. (In German only.)

The agreed opening steps are set out in a joint paper by the Senate Chancellery and Berlin's universities. (In 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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