Groningen | 8 September 2021
Dear Students and Colleagues,
From OSL, we hope you enjoyed a great summer holiday. Over the last months, we have been working hard to make sure you will benefit from a new exciting academic year despite all the challenges we face ahead due to the ongoing pandemic.
Unfortunately, the Covid-19 Delta variant is still posing a strong risk according to national and international health authorities. Even after receiving the complete vaccination, the scientific community has provided evidence that attests vaccines are only offering protection at 66%-72% from severe Covid-19 Delta infection and they do not prevent the disease from spreading.
In this regard, we would like to advise that you keep using masks (preferably ffp2 type) when engaging in OSL academic activities and very especially when safe ventilation cannot be maintained. OSL activities will be held in hybrid format or online — in the former case, basic security measures (masks, safe ventilation, hands and surface hygiene) will be respected.
We will keep supporting our students and staff to the best of our ability so you can enjoy a fruitful and stimulating learning experience. Given the extreme uncertainty, we will work together with the organizers, instructors and students participating in each academic activity and we will adapt our support and advice depending on the specific conditions present at each time.
Finally, we would like to wish you a great start to the new academic year. Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the specific arrangements of your academic activities, training and/or courses.
On behalf of the OSL management team,
Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia
Academic Director OSL