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) accepts the responsibility to society at large and takes the unusual risk posed by the current pandemic very seriously. Our overarching goal is to ensure the health and safety of all employees.

Corona regulations at MPI-M - update of 22.1.2021 valid until 14.2.21


(latest changes in italics)

1. In order to make a contribution to minimizing contacts even further in the coming weeks, we ask you to work from home whenever possible.

2. The institute remains open. The applicable infection protection and hygiene regulations must be adhered to as a matter of urgency.

3. In all buildungs, corridors and public places at the MPI-M it is obligatory to wear a medical face masks (FFP2 mask /surgical mask). In need of medical face mask we have deposit FFP2 masks the Postraum of Bundestr. 53.

Access to the buildings:

  • Access to the Geomatikum and Bundesstrasse 53 is only possible with a card.
  •  CIS employees need their token to enter the building Bundesstrasse 45a. Other employees of the institute should make an appointment if they want to enter that building.
  • At Schäferkampsallee 29 access is by door code as before.

4. The presence of the CIS, Geschäftszimmer (from now on not occupied on Fridays) and library staff will be reduced without significantly reducing the service. Please make appointments with CIS via help-it@we dont want if you need direct support. The library (bis.erdsystem@we dont want and Geschäftszimmer (gz@we dont want are also still available for your inquiries.

5. The library is closed until further notice. The library team will primarily work from home. However, urgently required literature, including scans, can be supplied by arrangement. Contact: bis.erdsystem@we dont want

6. Double occupancy of rooms is not possible. Please coordinate the occupancy of a room with your colleagues. The departmental assistants will also be happy to assist you in this matter.

7. All meetings have to be held virtually.

8.Only one person is allowed in the kitchens

9. Business trips in Germany should only be carried out if absolutely necessary. The approval is the responsibility of the respective head of department. For business trips abroad, which must be questioned even more critically, it is also necessary to report them to the crisis management team of the general administration of the Max Planck Society.

10. Entry requirements are largely uniformly regulated throughout Germany: All persons entering Germany from an official risk area (according to RKI data) must be quarantined for at least five days. Only then is a likewise obligatory coronavirus test possible. Quarantine remains mandatory until the result is available.

11. Special leave can be granted in the event of daycare and school closures, closures of facilities for persons with disabilities, childcare prohibition due to isolation measures, as well as school or company holidays ordered by the competent authority for reasons of infection control or in the event of the lifting of compulsory attendance at a school. For the period from 10 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, up to 34 days (single parents 67) of special leave may be granted (five-day week). If you need to use special leave, please contact Ms. Franke in Human Resources (personal@we dont want

12. It is possible to obtain certificates of incapacity to work by telephone from your doctor.

13. We would like to remind you that it is very helpful to keep a contact diary (pdf). In case of an infection, the public health department would query past contacts. In the latest version of the coronavirus warning app “Corona-Warn-App”, the function of a contact diary is also available.

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.

Due to the frequent occurrence of a mutated coronavirus variant, special conditions apply to entries from the United Kingdom. Detailed information can be found on the website of the German diplomatic
mission abroad

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.