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.
As of December 17th, 2020, research is to be conducted as “distance working" in principle or postponed until after January 24th, 2021. Research tasks that cannot be interrupted without immediate significant harm (e.g., lifetime, process-monitored, or animal experiments) are possible in small groups of up to a maximum of three persons after individual application (via the respective dean to the rector).
Research operations continue to take place in the home office.
For research activities in laboratories and those that rely on special premises, the respective faculty develops 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. Requests for permission to conduct research activities in the laboratory or in special premises shall be addressed to the Dean's Office of the respective faculty.
Administrative activities will also continue to be performed in the home office. Requests for approval to perform administrative tasks at the University that cannot be postponed, e.g., to review mail, will be directed to the management of the student's own faculty.
Details on all requests are provided by the dean's offices. In the case of unauthorized stays at the University, the Dean's Office and the Rector's Office will agree on appropriate consequences.
The restriction on working in attendance is expected to last until March 31st, 2021. Should the infection situation ease noticeably during this period, the presence concepts may be adjusted in consultation with the Rectorate if necessary.
Update 01-18-2021 5:30 pm
For the use of laboratories, research workshops
and other rooms of the university reserved for research
activities, the hygiene regulations and protective
measures against infections also apply, as do the
protective measures for workplaces.
It should be noted that in such rooms there is an increased risk of infection due to the unavoidable physical proximity. The responsibility for compliance with the rules when using laboratories lies with the responsible university lecturer or project managers (according to the Genetic Engineering Act for the S-1 and S-2 areas). At the locations of the scientific workshops and the electronics development laboratory, the respective site managers are responsible for compliance with the rules. In the event of non-compliance, the Dean's Office may revoke the permission to use the facilities. The responsible university lecturer or project manager is obliged to register the use of laboratories with the dean's office (list of names including date, time and space in order to be able to trace chains of infection if necessary).
A usage and hygiene concept must be drawn up for the use of
rooms reserved for laboratories, research workshops and
other research activities. The responsible university
teachers are responsible for drawing up the concept; the
concept must be submitted to the Dean's Office before the
rooms are used.
The commencement of activities in laboratories with technical equipment must be notified at least 48 hours in advance to Mr. Hackler (Dept. 5.4) so that the technical equipment can be brought up to speed. Questions can be addressed to Dept. 5.4 (Infrastructural Building Management and Security).
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.