Privacy Policy

We Respect Your Privacy

We welcome your visit to our website and your interest in the services of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA). We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors and service users. AGYA therefore considers as one of its top priority the data protection principals such as security, transparency and data minimization. The following gives a clear overview of what happens to your personal information when you visit our website.

Name and contact of data controller in conformity with Art. 13, 14 GDPR

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA)
at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin


Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin

Represented by:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christoph Markschies
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20370-0
E-Mail: bbaw(at)

AGYA Data Protection Officer  in conformity with Art. 13 Abs. 1 lit. b:

Prof. Dr. Matthäus Heil
Email: heil(at)

Data Processing on This Website

Every time the internet presence of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) is accessed by a user and every time a file is downloaded, for technical reasons data relating to this procedure are temporarily saved and processed in a log file.

Specifically, at every access/download, the following data are saved:

  • the IP address, which is (subsequently) anonymised,
  • date and time,
  • page accessed / name of file downloaded,
  • quantity of data transferred,
  • a message on whether the access/download was successful.

These data are evaluated only for statistical purposes and to improve the quality of service (pursuant to Art. 6 (1f) GDPR) and are then deleted.

When accessing specific pages, so-called 'session cookies' are used to facilitate navigation. These session cookies hold no person-specific data and expire when the session is over. Technologies that enable tracking of the user's browsing habits, such as Java Applets or Active-X Controls, are not used.

Data Analytics

The AGYA website employs the open source web analytics service Matomo (previously Piwik;, a service provided by InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand. The information on the use of our website (including your abbreviated IP address) is sent to our server and stored for analytical purposes so that we can analyze how the website is used and to monitor the performance of the website. With the aid of these measurement methods, we can determine, for example, which parts of our offer are most frequently used / searched or which contents were called up on a particular day and how often. This makes it possible to offer a first-class experience by tailoring the offer and to quickly identify and resolve any problems that occur. Our legitimate interest lies in the analysis, optimization, and improvement of our website (pursuant to Art. 6 (1f) GDPR). The IP address is anonymized before it is stored. Cookies are used. You can refuse permission at any time if you do not wish the data relating to your visit to be stored and evaluated. In this case a so-called opt-out cookie will be set in your browser which will prevent the collection of any session data by Matomo (previously Piwik). Please note, however, that if you delete your browser cookies, the opt-out cookie will also be deleted and you may need to reactivate it.

Information about the newsletter service provider

We offer you the option to register for the AGYA newsletter. During the registration process, we save your e-mail address, as this information is required for sending the newsletter. Details of your first name, surname and institutions are optional. All services are maintained and administered by the AGYA Berlin office at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and hosted on premise in close cooperation with the BBAW IT department.

In order to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in every respect, we do not use logging techniques such as web beacons or tracking pixels. Consequently, we are not able to collect technical information about your device or email client. If you have difficulties viewing the newsletter, please consult the web version or contact us directly by e-mail and describe the problem.

You can unsubscribe from the AGYA newsletter at any time by following the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter you receive.


The AGYA-Website relies on embedded content provided by Soundcloud to give you direct access to our podcast and other music media, not limited to, but mainly produced by ourselfes. The Soundcloud service is provided by SoundCloud Limited, Rheinsberger Str. 76/77, 10115 Berlin, Germany.

If you decide to use this embedded content via stream, download or share, at least your IP address will be transferred to the Soundcloud servers. If you own a Soundcloud account and you are currently logged in, while viewing this website, Soundcloud will be able to associate this information with your account.

We have (according to art. 6 (1) 1 lit. f GDPR.) a legitimate interest by giving you access to our podcast files.

For further questions regarding the privacy policy of Soundcloud please refer to their global privacy policy:


Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland, hereafter referred to as ‘Google’. Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under

Since YouTube collects personal data of the website visitor, read cookies and collect usage data, the consent of the user is required before YouTube videos on the AGYA website are activated. This protects the privacy of anyone who is browsing our website, but does not watch the videos embedded from YouTube.

By clicking on the preview image of an embedded video, YouTube videos will be shown on the website Please note that after activation, data are transferred to YouTube. After clicking on the video, all videos of the AGYA website can be viewed permanently without activation in the individual case. You can cancel the permanent activation again by using the opt-out option below.

Your Rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) you have a number of important rights free of charge: You are entitled at all times to be informed of what data have been stored in respect of your person (personal details), on the origin and recipient of these data, and on why they were saved.

Furthermore you have the right to request from the controller rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing of personal data concerning the data subject or to object to such processing (Art. 15 GDPR). You also have the right to have this data corrected, or completed (Art. 16 GDPR), as well as to have it deleted (Art. 17 GDPR; if one of the grounds referred to in Art. 17 GDPR apply). Furthermore you have the right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR; if one of the grounds referred to in Art. 18 GDPR apply) or to revoke the consent given previously for the processing. Please address any questions you may have on the topic of personal data to the AGYA Data Protection Commissioner ().

You further have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Art. 13(2); Art. 77(1) GDPR). AGYA is committed to working with you to obtain a fair resolution of any complaint or concerns about privacy. If, however, you believe that AGYA has not been able to assist with your complaint or concern, you have the right to make a complaint with the Berliner Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

Given the constantly occurring changes on the Internet, especially with regard to technology and also the relevant legislation, we reserve the right to amend our privacy policy from time to time, if needed.