MPHQ COVID-19 Information

Updates on campus-wide polices will be posted as the univeristy policies on campus operations continue to evolve amid COVID-19 outbreak. 


MPHQ has been working to adapt all operations in accordance to Harvard's guidelines in light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak. This page will provide information regarding MPHQ events and, meetings along with provide other resources to help keep you informed as new developments arise. 


  • All spring '20 Joint Quantum Seminars (JQS) have been canceled. This is to minimize the gathering of large crowds in order to protect our community as well as invited guest speakers. We are hoping to resume these seminars in the Fall '20. 
  • All Special Seminars are being transitioned to the Zoom Video Conferencing platform. Details, including Zoom links, of any upcoming special seminars will be posted and annouced in advance of the talk. 


  • Zoom Video Conferencing Platform to participate in special seminars

    • Download Zoom and test your log-in.
    • Log in and join the meeting on time.
    • Make sure your video is turned off.
    • Use headphones so as not to distract others with whom you share a space.
    • You should be muted, but please check this upon entering.
    • At any time during the talk, typed comments or questions can be directed to the moderator via Zoom’s chat function. Messages sent this way will only be visible to the moderator (and facilitator) and will be addressed as opportunity allows.
    • At the end of the talk, there will be a question period. Use the “raise your hand” feature to enter the question queue, and wait for a prompt to unmute your microphone. The moderator will select questions from the queue of “raised hands” as time allows.
  • The Harvard University Coronavirus website is dedicated to providing the most up to date information on university-wide changes over time. The webiste also provides relevant advice, including travel notices and more in-depth guidance on meetings and events.
  • The FAS/SEAS website offers more division-specific information regarding measures being taken for disease prevention. It also answers questions you may have about how these changes will affect overall operations for the division. 
  • We strongly advice visiting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s website for up to date news on global changes. 


University Travel Guidelines

  • Current prohibitions on University-related international travel and non-essential domestic air travel are extended through at least May 31. 
    • Personal international travel are strongly discouraged and caution should be taken with personal domestic travel. 
    • We will continue to monitor the situation and update guidelines as directed by the university. 
  • Harvard-organized and Harvard-funded international travel for all students that is scheduled to start and end between now and August 31, 2020 is prohibited. For more information, see the memo from the Vice Provost for International Affairs.
  • The Harvard International Office (HIO) has compiled a comprehensive FAQ to answer any visa-related issues connected to Coronavirus (COVID-19), including general travel and visa concerns, scholar issues, student issues, work authorization applications, etc.  Please note that any future travel to the U.S. may be impacted by the U.S. government's travel suspension.

Please visit the Harvard coronavirus website for the latest information, policies, and advice for teaching, learning, researching, and working remotely, as well as for maintaining your health and well-being and how you can support healthcare providers and first responders.

Thank you to the frontline workers and our researchers, faculty, students, and staff for your tremendous efforts these past few weeks. We greatly value your patience, empathy, creativity, and resilience as we face these extraordinary challenges together.