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 University of Siegen is currently undergoing a transitional operation that has been extended until July 31th, 2020. Please observe the hygiene regulations and protective measures against infections, as well as the regulations for working in presence, in the home office and for members of risk groups. Researchers should also note the following:
- Research activities in presence are permitted, provided the communicated hygiene regulations and protective measures against infections are observed. You can find these in the FAQ.
- Information on business trips can be found in the FAQ.
- Official meetings in presence are
possible, the hygiene regulations and protective measures
against infections must be observed, as well as the
protective measures for workplaces.
The responsibility for compliance with the rules lies with the person inviting to a meeting, no approval of the university management is required.
The inviting person is obliged to register an official meeting with the Dean's Office (list of names of participants including date, time and room in order to be able to trace chains of infection if necessary). In case of recurring meetings, each individual meeting must be documented and the information must be sent to the dean's office by e-mail at the end of each week.
If persons who are not members of the University of Siegen take part in a meeting, they must be informed accordingly in advance.
The guideline for the conduct of internal university committee meetings (e.g. faculty councils, appointment committees, commissions, etc.) can be found here.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.