Measures concerning Coronavirus/Covid-19 (updated on 2 September 2020*)

The MFO is keeping a close eye on current developments and follows the instructions of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, the Federal Ministry of Health, the Robert Koch Institut (RKI) and the World Health Organization. New guidelines and recommendations may very quickly result in the adjustment of our measures. Please inform yourself regularly on our website.

*Updated on 1 September 2020: Quarantine obligation by German authorities for people coming from high risk areas.
*Updated on 2 September 2020: Extension of "Oberwolfach Research Fellows".

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New hygiene measures

The MFO has developed new hygiene measures for hand desinfection, accommodation, lecture halls and individual meal services to make such an activity as safe as possible.

Please note that our capacity for accompanying persons is very restricted at the moment and that the new hygiene measures do not allow to use the dining area as a lounge, unfortunately. Thus we recommend not to travel with an accompanying person to Oberwolfach.

Kindly note, that due to the current situation we are unable to accomodate families with children. Nevertheless, we can help to find a holiday home close to the institute for an accompanying person and the children. Unfortunately, until further notice it is also not possible to find a nanny. Therefore, our usual offers for children at the MFO are not valid until further notice and can only be requested again when the situation in Germany has normalized further. We kindly ask for your understanding.

Oberwolfach Workshops in hybrid format

In accordance with the gradual opening of restrictions in Germany due to the corona crisis, the MFO is allowed to host research groups again. The allowed total capacity is smaller than in former times and depends on current developments.

In agreement with the workshop organizers, the MFO can realize workshops in a hybrid format (mixed personal/online) now.

General advise and travel restrictions

We ask all our guests to make a responsible decision about their visit at the MFO!

In case that
- you have fever, or respiratory symptoms, or other symptoms of a contagious disease,
- or if you had contacts with an infected person in the last 14 days,
- or if you had stays in high risk areas in the last 14 days (please check the links given below for a up-to-date list!),
we urge you to cancel your participation and to inform us by email to admin@mfo.de as soon as possible!

The MFO is forced to withdraw invitations to participants showing such symptoms, or having known contacts with an infected person, or coming from high risk areas, as the MFO is not allowed to host such persons at the institute! 

Probably starting October 1st, 2020, it will be obligatory for people coming from high risk areas (according to the definition by the RKI) to Baden-Württemberg to have a quarantine stay (duration: 14 days, possibly with the opportunity to make a PCR test on the 5th day in order to shorten the quarantine). The former rule (travel to Baden-Württemberg with a negative test result concerning covid-19) will then not apply anymore. Please also note that it is not possible to realize a quarantine obligation at the MFO. We hope for your understanding that the MFO is obligated to apply the new government rules.

The following links inform you on areas that are deemed to be high risk by government institutions. Please note that the country of exit for the travel to Germany is relevant, not the affiliation or citizenship. See the website of the Robert-Koch Institute (RKI) for up-to-date information which also serves as an official list for the German government. Domestic travelers should also note that currently the state of Baden-Württemberg prohibits accommodation of people from counties with more than 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the last 7 days.

Please be aware, that the definition of high risk areas may be changed very quickly, as well as quarantine rules of the German government. All participants are urged to check these websites regularily, as the MFO has to reserve the right to withdraw an invitation to the concerned participants individually and at short-term. We kindly ask for your understanding.

Travelling in Europe is partly possible again at the moment and we hope that restrictions in further countries will change soon. Note that many universities (not only in Germany) cancel or re-open their institutional travel restrictions and enable conference visits again, just now. In many cases, these announcements are not so easy to find on the corresponding universities websites.

Please note that the MFO cannot foresee possible changes in future contact and travel restrictions by the government. Participants themselves are responsible to inquire about restrictions on travel to and from Germany; thus we strongly recommend to make travel arrangements flexible/refundable in case the Corona crisis continues or resurfaces in the future. We are sorry that we are not able to reimburse travel tickets which cannot be used because of force majeure. This also applies to grants. We would also like to inform you that currently many airlines and also the Deutsche Bahn offer free cancellation or rebooking of tickets (see the current list).

Oberwolfach Research Fellows

In order to react to the current crisis the MFO offers in the period from July 1st, 2020 to March 31st, 2021, the possibility to apply for an Oberwolfach Research Fellowship. Single researchers or groups up to four people can apply for a stay between two weeks and three months. Junior researchers and post-docs can apply for full scholarships and travel support. Read more...

Postponed activities

Due to the dynamic development and change in travel restrictions several meetings until mid of June had regretfully to be cancelled. Some of them could be shifted to fall or winter 2020, the other meetings had to be postponed to 2022 in accordance with the organizers. The program for 2022 will be fixed until the end of 2020 and then we can inform the invitees about the new date.

We are very pleased that the two postponed workshops

have organized an Oberwolfach Online Seminar for the invited participants.

For workshops in the second half of the year 2020, we offer the new possibility of hybrid workshops (see above). If a workshop should nevertheless be cancelled in a common decision by the organizers and the MFO, it has to re-apply for the workshop program 2022 or 2023 because of our restricted capacity, unfortunately.