European Forum on Science & Education for Sustainability
6 October 2020, virtual event - live from Berlin

Privacy Policy

The following data privacy statement applies to the use of the website EFSES2020 (in the following "website").

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) takes the protection of your personal data very seriously which is why personal data is only processed by us as necessary. What data is needed and processed for what purpose and on what basis depends on the type of service that you require or on what task we need it for.

The term 'personal data' is used here to refer to any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data or an online identifier.

This statement on data protection provides you with detailed information on what data is collected for what purpose and on what basis, how you can contact the 'data controller' (the responsible entity) and the Data Protection Officer and what rights you have concerning the processing of personal data.

By using this website, you agree to the collection, use and processing of your data pursuant to this data privacy statement.

1. Data Controller and Data Protection Officer

The entity which has responsibility for the processing of personal data (the 'controller') is the

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
53170 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)228 9957-0
Fax: +49 (0)228 99578-3601
E-mail: bmbf[at]bmbf.bund.de
DE-Mail: poststelle[at]bmbf-bund.de-mail.de

If you have specific questions concerning the protection of your data please contact the BMBF's official Data Protection Officer:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
53170 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)228 9957-2539
Fax: +49 (0)228 9957-8-2539
E-mail: datenschutz[at]bmbf.bund.de

This statement on data protection provides you with an overview of how the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) ensures the protection of your data and what types of data are collected and for what purpose and on what basis.


2. Storage of your access data

Each time a user accesses the website EFSES2020 and each time a document is downloaded from this website, access data about this action will be saved in a log file on the server.

Each data set consists of:
• The IP address of the device that has opened the website
• The date and time of the request ("time stamp")
• The name of the file
• The access status (file transferred, file not found, etc.)
• The amount of data which has been transferred
• The page which has requested the file (referrer-URL)
• A description of the type of web browser which has been used (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Opera, etc.)

The collected data will be analysed for statistical purposes; it will not be forwarded to third parties for either commercial or non-commercial purposes.


3. Transfer of personal data

Your data will only be transferred from the browser to the web server following encryption. We use an SSL-certificate for this.


4. Right of access

Users have the right to receive – free of charge – information about their personal data that has been saved. Furthermore, they have the right under statutory regulations to request that their personal data be rectified, blocked and erased.


5. Cookies

5.1 What are cookies and how do we use them?

Cookies are small text modules which are transferred from the Internet to your computer together with the required data. This data will be saved on your computer and will be kept for later visits.

We use cookies in some areas. The EFSES2020 website also contains links to external websites that may use cookies. These external websites and their use of cookies are beyond our responsibility, and we cannot inform you of this before following these links.

So-called "session-cookies" are necessary, particularly for the registration process, because we use a so-called single-sign-on concept for reasons of user-friendliness during the authentication and access control to the different areas of our portal.

This comprises the establishment of a "session" between the client and the server which allows you to move through the entire portal without having to re-register for each area. This session is represented by a cookie, in which a randomly generated number is saved.

In addition, your login information (username, user rights and validity of the session) is saved in a further cookie to control your access. Think of this as substitute login information. Instead of asking you to re-enter your login information, the cookie is sent to the server and accepted as proof of your identity.


5.2 Validity of cookies

The validity of both cookies is limited to the time of your visit to our portal. They will be deleted automatically when you close the browser. They are not linked to personal data and no conclusions can be drawn about the user's activities.

Most browsers are configured to automatically accept cookies. However, you can deactivate the storage of cookies at any time or you can adjust the browser to inform you as soon as cookies are used.


6. Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn

The embedded links on our website to Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn are not embedded via the respective social plugins. The embedded graphic only contains an http-link. This means that if you visit our website, no direct connection will be established to the servers of the social media providers.


7. Legal basis and time of storage

The legal basis for data processing pursuant to the preceding paragraphs is point f) in Article 6 (1) of the European General Data Protection Regulation. Our interest in data processing is, in particular, to ensure the operation and security of the website, the analysis of the way visitors use the website as well as the simplification of the use of the website.

Unless otherwise specified, we only save personal data as long as is necessary for the fulfilment of the respective purposes.