Press, Public Relations, Library
One focus of this unit is media relations. The press office provides information about scientific findings and important publications; it publishes press releases, posts tweets and holds press conferences. Its staff also coordinates requests by national and international print media, radio and television stations. In terms of public relations, the unit is in charge of visiting groups and organizing events.
For many years, the RKI has been providing information about its tasks, projects and research to the scientific and general public on the internet. The press office coordinates the institute’s internet activities and edits the German and English websites. The information is updated regularly and frequently used: On average, there are between 3 million and 5 million page views per month on the German website.
The Robert Koch Institute publishes two magazines on a regular basis: the monthly “Bundesgesundheitsblatt” (a journal for public health, health research and health protection) and the weekly “Epidemiologisches Bulletin”, whose editorial offices are also embedded in this unit. It also supervises and coordinates various other publications and information brochures and takes care of the institute’s corporate design.
The library collects and organises the supply of literature according to the institute’s core competences and deals with all questions concerning research data management. Around 100,000 stock units, encompassing books and periodical volumes as well as a large number of electronic magazines are available to the RKI staff. The library is also open to visitors (prior registration by phone required: +49 30 18754 2274).
Both the mausoleum of Robert Koch and a museum are open to visitors (open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m; larger groups and/or visitors on other weekdays please send an email). The institute also possesses parts of Robert Koch’s historical heritage.