MSRI exists to serve the mathematical community. After extensive consultation we have decided that we can do that best this fall with online programming, combined with limited and carefully controlled reopening of the institute, beginning on August 17. To learn how to participate in the online activities, click here. The building remains closed to the public.
The safety of our members and staff is a critical concern. We have made many operational changes to comply with recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local governments, as well as advice from a distinguished epidemiologist at University of California, Berkeley. For example, we have reconfigured our building and implemented protocols that staff and members must follow to gain access, including a quarantine period after travel and frequent COVID-19 testing. Wearing a face mask at the Institute, at all times, is also mandatory. Member and staff offices are each limited to one occupant. The number of members with building access is strictly limited, and only a few staff are present, the remainder working from home. We welcome your further suggestions, and we will be grateful for your cooperation.
We are inspired by the energy of the many members who will be active participants this fall in spite of the obstacles! We plan to take full advantage of the new possibilities of participation at a distance, and we look forward to the day when, in addition, we can again share the excitement of the in-person collaborative research so characteristic of MSRI.
MSRI welcomed many of our Fall 2020 virtual scientific program members via Zoom on August 17, 2020.