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BSL-4 Laboratory Becomes Fully Operational

On July 31st, 2018, the new BSL-4 laboratory at RKI will become fully operational. The laboratory provides the top level of security. It allows scientists to safely diagnose and investigate highly-pathogenic viruses such as Ebola, Lassa and Nipah viruses, develop diagnostic procedures and create the basis for therapies and vaccines.

In 2015, a new laboratory and office building was opened at the Seestraße site of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin-Wedding which also houses the BSL-4 laboratory. Since then, the laboratory has undergone an intensive test phase. The Robert Koch Institute is the only federal institute in the field of human medicine with a BSL-4 laboratory in Germany.

Date: 25.07.2018

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What we do

The Robert Koch Institute is the public health institute in Germany. Around 1,080 people including 450 scientists work here. Learn more about the tasks and projects of the institute’s departments and units.

RKI informative film

RKI informative film

Robert Koch – who was he and what does the Robert Koch Institute do today? The RKI informative film tells us all about goals and tasks in two and a half minutes – in German and English.

International Activities

International Activities

The Robert Koch Institute is a global health hub. The institute cooperates closely with partner countries and institution from all over the world in order to investigate pathogens, tackle outbreaks, provide reliable diagnostics, train staff and more.

Museum at RKI

Museum at RKI

On 180 m², the exhibition shows objects of Robert Koch's life and work and presents today's research at the institute. The Mausoleum containing Robert Koch's ashes can also be visited. The Museum is open from Monday to Friday, admission is free.

Health reporting

Health reporting

Robert Koch Institute's federal health reporting continuously informs about the health status of people in Germany - in various reports as well as in the Journal of Public Health (available also in English).

German Centre for Cancer Registry Data

German Centre for Cancer Registry Data

The German Centre for Cancer Registry Data at RKI combines, checks and analyses data from the population-based cancer registries of the German federal states.