Current information about Coronavirus

24 March 2020

Today, the university begins the so-called emergency on-site operations. This means that the activities and presence on site will be restricted even further in order to reduce the risk of infection. Operations will be restricted as a consequence. Office hours are to be suspended or held over the phone. Appointments and meetings are to be replaced with conference calls or video conferences. Personal contact must be avoided as far as possible because of the risk of infection; communication is to take place by e-mail and telephone.

However, university operations are not to be completely suspended. In some organizational areas, home office will be used even more than before, while in other areas, teams will be split up and employed in shifts from week to week.
Regulations regarding the presence of academic staff will be established by the faculties and central institutions. Laboratory operations will be scaled down considerably.
A limited amount of administrative services will be provided in order to keep the buildings operational, make urgent payments, advance time-critical procurements, deal with urgent HR matters and keep the student and examination administration stable.

23 March 2020

From Tuesday on, the University of Potsdam will scale back operations even further and transition to so-called emergency on-site operations. “We have to do our part to slow the spread of the corona pandemic,” Prof. Oliver Günther said in a video message for university members. He added that the health of employees, students and scientists at our institutions of higher education was a top priority. “We have established a crisis management team at the University of Potsdam and the Senate has approved a pandemic plan. This way, we are prepared for the worst,” the President underlined. He considers emergency on-site operations to be a necessary tool. “Since students and faculty have many social contacts, the potential risks are high. Nevertheless, digital teaching and research with a systemic relevance remain possible.”

21 March 2020

The institutions of higher education in Brandenburg and the Ministry of Science have agreed to limit operations at the universities and other institutions of higher education and transition to emergency on-site operations until further notice starting in the coming week. The Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences and the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences will begin emergency operations on Monday, March 23, and the other institutions will follow on Tuesday, March 24.

16 March 2020

  • Until probably April 20th, the Studierendenwerk will also close the canteens and cafeterias at the individual university locations and discontinue personal consultation hours. Further information is available here.
  • The Brandenburg Ministry of Health has once again pointed out that people returning to Germany (whether they are returning from business or private trips) from the international risk areas defined by the Robert Koch Institute as well as particularly affected areas in Germany (see are not allowed to enter the university for a period of 14 days starting from the date of return. Affected employees should contact their supervisor(s) and Division 3 to evaluate home office options.
  • As a preventive measure to contain SARS-CoV-2 infections, the Botanical Garden of the University of Potsdam will be temporarily closed from March 14 to April 19, 2020. No events will take place during this time. Further information is available here.

14 March 2020

In the course of intensified preventive measures against the spread of the corona virus, the libraries and PC pools of the University of Potsdam will also be closed from 15.03.2020 until further notice. Further information is available here.

13 March 2020

  • The Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture has also decreed that no on-site events will be held at the universities until 20 April 2020. This applies to courses as well as conferences and other public events.
  • Conferences, meetings and other public events with external participants scheduled to take place before and including 19 April 2020 are to be cancelled. 
  • All current classes by the University Sports Center are to be stopped immediately.