Info on COVID-19

Information on the coronavirus ( COVID-19 )

Last update: 02 June 2020

New (02.06.2020): After consultation with the International Steering Committee of ECONOS and the German Research Foundation (DFG), the following decision has been taken:

The 19th European Conference On Non-Linear Optical Spectroscopy (ECONOS 2020), originally scheduled from April 19th  to 22nd  2020, is postponed to May 30th  to Jun 2nd  2021

Postponing ECONOS 2020 is not a decision we took lightly. Since the earliest manifestations of the outbreak, we have been carefully monitoring the global evolution. In an effort to have health and well-being of all the participants as our top priority, we considered all possible options and contingency plans. The degree of uncertainty of the pandemic evolution (and related regulations) and its heterogeneous nature made the decision a challenge.


Previous updates:

Update on 27.05.2020: The International Steering Committee ECONOS is discussing a roadmap this week. The good news is that no intention to cancel the event, but to postpone it. Within a couple of weeks, we will announce a new date for the event.

Update on 24.03.2020: The ECONOS 2020 organizers, have dedicated an extraordinary session on COVID-19 outbreak which has touched everybody, every country, every institution, and every event worldwide including our ECONOS 2020. Session description

Update on 16.03.2020: The steering committee of ECONOS has decided to shift ECONOS 2020 to a later time this year. We expect that the new date will be in Fall 2020 (depending on the development of the situation). The exact date will be decided in the second half of May 2020.

Update on 14.03.2020: All events at KIT from March 17 to April 19, 2020, are cancelled. ECONOS 2020 is from 19 to 22 April, however, everyday there is new situation and planning to hold the conference on these days is probably useless. ECONOS steering committee is discussing now the potential of shifting ECONOS 2020 to a later time (my be Fall) or make it as an “Online meeting”.


We kindly ask you for your patience and are thankful for your understanding
We will keep you posted with any news.

The ECONOS 2020 Committee is carefully monitoring the situation. This page aims to provide updated information about the coronavirus for attendees, authors, and exhibitors of the ECONOS 2020.

The information mostly relies on external sources. We encourage participants to periodically check the information on the Federal Ministry of Health and WHO websites for up-to-date advice.

Travel information

Information for travelers in different languages here

 Information pdf to download here

How to protect yourself

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • Avoid direct contact with people who are coughing, sneezing, or have a fever
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Advices can be found on WHO website

Inside Germany

What to do in case of suspected corona, what are the symptoms?

Persons who have had personal contact with a person who has been diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 should contact the responsible health authority immediately and regardless of symptoms, contact a doctor or call 116117 – and stay at home.

Corona infection manifests itself through flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, fever, cold and fatigue. Breathing problems, neck scratches, headaches and aching limbs, nausea, diarrhoea and chills have also been reported.

Source: Federal Ministry of Health