Info on COVID-19

Information on the coronavirus ( COVID-19 )

Last update: 04 Jan 2021

New (11.07.2021):

The organizers of the ECONOS 2020/2021 event are preparing to welcome you soon (Sunday, 26th to Wednesday, 29th of September 2021).

Pease follow this page  for future updates.


Previous updates:

Update on 04.03.2021: After consultation with the International Steering Committee of ECONOS and the German Research Foundation (DFG), the organizers of the ECONOS 2020/2021 event decided to postpone the conference to Sunday, 26th to Wednesday, 29th of September 2021. Since the earliest manifestations of the outbreak, we have been carefully monitoring the global evolution, virus spread, vaccines development and vaccination rate. 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 make the decision a challenge. However, the end of September is, so far, expected to be a good chance to reactivate our dynamic life.

Update on 04.01.2021: The ECONOS 2020/2021 organization team is looking for a promising event in 2021. We are keen to have an “In-person” meeting, however, with our health and safety are on the first priority. The so far confirmed date of the 2021 event is 30.05. – 02.06. 2021. Our plan is to have an “onsite-online meeting”. Participants who are not able to travel by this time will not lose the opportunity to participate online. The on-site sessions will be streamed to the online participants who will also be able to present their work to the on-site participants. The ECONOS 2020/2021 organization team will re-evaluate the situation in the beginning of march 2021. Depending on the progress of vaccination, virus spread, and local and international regulations, the conference may shift to the 2nd half of 2021 to allow more participants to take part of the on-site meeting.

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