The corona pandemic has now reached Europe, and Germany in particular, and presents us with major challenges. Cases of infection are increasing exponentially and in recent days more and more countermeasures have been ordered by the authorities.
The president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as well as the director of the Fraunhofer IPMS have set up crisis units, which evaluate the news and current situation day by day. We are absolutely in a crisis mode. We receive daily updates from these crisis units, the federal government and the state government of Saxony on actions and restrictions that target to slow down the propagation of the virus and to prevent a shutdown of the institute.
Herewith we want to inform all our partners about the special situation. Fraunhofer IPMS will take all necessary efforts to keep the Fraunhofer IPMS working, as long as possible. Therefore, parts of the staff are working in home office now. The influence on projects and our partners shall be reduced to absolutely, non-avoidable aspects, but also in respect of the health of our employees and their families which have to be taken into account.
Detailed questions to specific projects and their status will be answered by the project leaders.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to a further successful cooperation.