Privacy Policy

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)
Jägerstr. 22-23
10117 Berlin/Germany

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

Represented by:
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Martin Grötschel
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20370-0,
Email: bbaw[at]

Dr. Wolf-Hagen Krauth
Tel.: +49 (0)30 20370-0,
Email: 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 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.

Newsletter & Information on AGYA

We offer you the opportunity to register with us for our free newsletter. For the purposes of newsletter and information distribution, we use Newsletter2Go, a professional email marketing tool. Your data is transmitted to Newsletter2Go GmbH. Newsletter2Go is a certified German newsletter software provider, working in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). More information:
Newsletter2Go is prohibited from selling your data and from using it for purposes other than sending newsletters.
During the subscription process, we record your email address, first name and second name as information required to send you the newsletter. That information is stored in the system of Newsletter2Go and is used to distribute the newsletter.
The newsletters contain a pixel-sized file, which is accessed by the Newsletter2Go server when the newsletter is opened. When that file is accessed, it first collects technical information such as the details of your browser, system, and IP address, as well as the time of access. This information helps us to improve our services based on the technical data, target groups, your reading habits, place of access (which can be determined using the IP address) and the time of access.
As a result, the following information may be collected: whether the newsletters are opened, when they are opened, and which links are clicked on. For technical reasons, this information can be used to identify individual newsletter recipients. These analyses help us to recognize the reading habits of our users and to customize our content for them. The habits of individual users, however, is not monitored or analyzed.
Of course, you may cancel your subscription at any time by sending a request to: agya[at]


Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA, hereafter referred to as ‘Google’. Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under
Google and its subsidiary YouTube guarantee that they will respect EU data protection standards even in the event that data is processed in the USA as certified by the EU-US Privacy Shield:
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.

Video Opt In

Opt-out complete; you are currently not connected to YouTube’ servers through the AGYA website. Note that if you clear your cookies, delete the opt-out cookie, or if you change computers or Web browsers, you will need to perform the opt-out procedure again. You are currently opted out. Click here to opt in.

Google Web Fonts

For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fonts provided by Google. These Google fonts are locally installed so that a connection to Google’s servers will not be established in conjunction with this application. If your browser does not support Google Web Fonts or prohibits access, content will be displayed in a standard font.
For more information about Google Web Fonts, please visit: and Google’s Privacy Policy:

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 (agya[at]
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.

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