MSRI exists to serve the mathematical community. The 2021 Spring Semester has concluded and we are busily preparing for the Fall 2021 semester. As COVID-19 cases continue to decline and more individuals receive their vaccinations, we are looking forward to hosting a more robust in-person experience beginning in August. Considering that conditions will be different for everyone around the world and the possibility that some may not be able to travel to Berkeley, we will continue to offer hybrid access to seminars, lectures and workshops.
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. Some of the protocols that we established during the height of the pandemic may need to remain in place, while others will be relaxed or discontinued. We continue to monitor the most current recommendations and will make changes according to what is best for the health and safety of our staff and visitors.
We are inspired by the energy of the many members who have been and will be active participants this academic year, in spite of the obstacles! We have been taking 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 full 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.