Kreisgesundheitsamt, Rettungsdienst und Krankenhäuser in Siegen-Wittgenstein haben sich auf ein mögliches Auftreten des Coronavirus vorbereitet. Zentrale Anlaufstelle für Patientinnen und Patienten mit einem Verdacht auf Infizierung mit dem neuen Grippevirus ist das Kreisklinikum in Siegen-Weidenau.
Since June 7th, it is no longer necessary to obtain permission to enter the university. Colleagues who wish to work in the office instead of in the home office may do so. The university management emphasizes that - with the exception of those activities that can only be performed at the university - there is no obligation to work at the university and it is not permissible to instruct employees accordingly.
For research activities in laboratories and those that rely on special premises, the respective faculty shall develop a concept that regulates access to laboratories/premises and ensures that contacts are kept to a minimum and that the necessary hygiene measures are taken.
When staying at the university, it is of course always and everywhere important to keep a distance and to ventilate regularly. An FFP2 mask or medical mask must be worn at all times on university premises; the only exception to the mask requirement is when working alone in an office or during a speaking engagement in a research group.
The university will once again become the primary workplace as of September 1st: activities are to be successively transferred back to the university. To the extent required by infection control, the agreements made to date regarding home office and "shift work" can be continued until September 30th.
As of October 1st, 2021, the University of Siegen will then once again be accessible to all its members without restriction and on-site work will be the norm; home office can be performed within the framework of the general agreements.
For working groups and other meetings without event character in the field of research, also with external colleagues, it applies that
- a mask must be worn if several people meet and the minimum distance cannot be safely maintained.
- If the minimum distance of 1.5 meters is safely maintained (e.g. by fixed seating in a meeting room) or only immunized (recovered or fully vaccinated) persons meet, the mask can be removed.
For research events, such as workshops, the 3G rule applies: participation in an event is only possible with proof of immunity (vaccinated or recovered), negative test proof, or supervised self-testing. The test proofs must not be older than 48 hours.
The following regulations apply to 3G testing depending on the size of the event:
- Up to 15 participants (incl. organizer/leader): implementation and control of the 3G rule under own responsibility,
- From 16 to 50 participants (incl. organizer/leader): Consultation with the security team, contact person is Mr. Faßbender (Maximilian.Fassbender@uni-siegen.de), as well as information to the dean's office of the inviting faculty about the implementation of the event.
- From 51 participants (incl. organizer/leader): Submission of a hygiene concept in consultation with the Safety Team (Mr. Faßbender) and information to the Dean's Office of the inviting faculty about the implementation of the event.
Update 09-02-2021 11 am
Only working at the university, including conducting meetings, is permitted. When working in the university, it is important to avoid contacts if possible. This also includes not being present in a two-person or multi-person office at the same time or making arrangements with colleagues to be on site in shifts or on alternating days. The same applies to the operation of laboratories.
In offices, laboratories, etc., "shift work" should then no longer be necessary if it is ensured that the necessary distances are maintained at all times, masks are worn, and rooms are regularly ventilated.
Questions on specific cases should be addressed to the university management, Prorectorate Research (email@example.com).
Information from the DFG on project work and funding
- The German Research Foundation (DFG) has provided initial information on the progress of research projects and funding in view of the coronavirus pandemic in a letter to the funding recipients. The letter can be found here.
- The President of the German Research Foundation, Professor Dr. Katja Becker, addressed researchers working on DFG-funded research projects in a statement on April 08, 2020.You can find the statement here.
- A letter from the President of the DFG, Prof. Dr. Katja Becker, to the universities eligible to apply for funding under the Collaborative Research Centres programme dated 9 April 2020 can be found here.
- A letter from the President of the DFG, Prof. Dr. Katja Becker, to the universities eligible to apply for funding under the Research Training Groups programme dated 24 April 2020 can be found here.
- A letter from the President of the DFG, Prof. Dr. Katja Becker, regarding the DFG's corona measures dated May 18th, 2020 can be found here.
- The joint declaration of the President of the German Research Foundation and the Presidents of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Helmholtz Association, Leibniz Association, Max Planck Society and National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina on the coronavirus pandemic of October 27th, 2020 can be found here.
Please also refer to the website of the DFG and other project management organizations.
The Research Funding Unit provides information on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the progress of research projects, calls for proposals and evaluation procedures.