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.
The most important measure until May 25th is working from home: For research, administration and the implementation, preparation and follow-up of courses and examinations, all university employees are still generally required to work from home.
For the work in research groups, a cautious and controlled opening takes place. Groups of no more than five researchers will have the opportunity to apply to their dean's office for time-limited meetings for research purposes beginning March 15, 2021, with an understandable justification of the need for the stay. In addition, it is also possible for individual researchers to apply to their dean's office for permission to work in the office.
For individuals, permits covering the entire period through May 25 may be issued if access is limited to well-defined days and times.
A condition of approval is that only a limited number of people are in each building at any one time; prior coordination with colleagues and office neighbors is required.
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.
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).
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.