Privacy statement

We process personal data collected during your visits of our website in accordance with valid legal provisions, in particular of the data protection Act of the State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (DSG m-V) and the Telemedia law (TMG).

Protocol files

On every access to our website, to ensure data security and for the statistical purposes we collect the following data:

  • the IP address,
  • the time of access of our page,
  • UserAgent (used Browser and operating system),
  • viewed pages and/or content elements and
  • if provided Referrer URL (from previously accessed website).

The data will be stored maximum of seven days, then it will be preserved in anonymous form. The aggregation of IP address in connection with other databases is not given.


When you visit our website, “session-cookies” will be stored on your computer. Cookies are small text files serving for more user-friendly, effective and secure internet service. They do not cause any damage on your computer and are viruses free. Generally, after completing your session, all session-cookies will be removed.

You can deactivate a storage of cookies using respective settings in your browser. Please take note that in case of deactivation of cookies, where applicable, not all functions of our website can be fully applied.

Our website uses Open-Source Software Piwik for the purpose of web analytics. According to it, several cookies will be stored on your computer. It allows us to analyse the usage of our website. By this process, all obtained usage information together with your IP address will be transferred to our server and stored for the usage analytics purposes. During this procedure, your IP address will be anonymised so that all users will stay anonymous. This information will not be forwarded to third parties.

Objection Piwik

You can decline the storage and usage of this data by one mouse click. In this case, the so-called Opt-Out-Cookie will be stored in your browser. It restricts Piwik in collecting session data. Please take note that in case of removing cookies it may cause a removal of Opt-Out-Cookie and must be reactivated by you.


In order to receive our newsletter, you will be requested to provide you name and email. Data submitted by you will be used solely for the mailing of our newsletter and will not be forwarded to third persons. You can unsubscribe from receiving our newsletter at any time. In this case, your data will be immediately removed from our system.

Your rights

You are eligible to withdraw prior consent to the storage of your personal data at any time without provision of reasons with effects on the future in a written form towards University of Greifswald, Domstraße 11, 17489 Greifswald or per email to christian.welscher[@]

In addition, you have the right to receive information about the stored personal information, its origin and receiver as well as the purposes of the usage of this information for free. You have further a right to right to the rectification, barring or deletion of the data stored in your file.

If you have further questions concerning privacy policy, please contact official data protection officer of the University:

Stefan Wehlte, LL.M. (Waikato)
Domstraße 11, entrance 3, room 3.21.2
17489 Greifswald
Phone: +49 3834 420 1204
Fax: +49 3834 420 1207

Objection to receive promotional emails

The usage of any kind of published contact data with postal addresses, phone and fax numbers as well as email-addresses by third parties for the purpose of forwarding not explicitly required information is not allowed. Legal action against senders of spam emails in case of violation are expressly reserved.


Christian Welscher
University of Greifswald
Institute of Botany and Landsape Ecology
Project Coordinator
Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI)
Soldmannstraße 15
D-17489 Greifswald
Phone: +49 3834 420 4120