Legal notes & Contact

Legal notes / Impressum

MERLIN is a "research and innovation action" funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement No 101036337.

These web pages are offered by the Aquatic Ecology, University of Duisburg-Essen.
Diese Webseiten werden von der Aquatischen Ökologie, Universität Duisburg-Essen angeboten.

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Fakultät für Biologie
Aquatische Ökologie
Universitätsstr. 5
D-45141 Essen

T: +49 (0) 202.18.33189
F: +49 (0) 202.18.32179

Verantwortlich für den Inhalt/
Responsible for the content

Prof. Dr. Daniel Hering
Aquatische Ökologie

Jörg Strackbein
Aquatische Ökologie &
ZWU - Zentrum für Wasser- und Umweltforschung

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Privacy policy

All data on this website are processed based on the current laws and regulations (GDPR/DSGVO). Here we explain how we use the data that you make accessible to us when using our website. You can use our website without leaving or storing any personal data. If we ask for personal data (newsletter, contact form), we just use it for the case we asked for and for which you are granting permission to us. We do care for your data, we will never hand over your data to a 3rd party in any case.


If you contact us via email or a contact form via this website we will save the received information in case of further communication. The saved information will only be used for communication purposes with you and not be handed over to a 3rd party.

Server logfiles

The provider of the website (, server location: Germany) is logging all access to the website. This includes the following information:

  • browser type and version including operating system
  • referrer URL
  • hostname, date and time of the server request

The logfile is anonymised prior to its storage, including the IP address, so it is not counting as “personal data” in sense of the GDPR/DSGVO. All logfiles will be deleted automatically after 30 days by the provider. These logfiles are only used to detect potential threats for the server, they are not be used for any statistical analyses.


Cookies are small pieces of data sent from the webserver and stored on the user's computer by the user's webbrowser while the user is browsing. They do not contain any harmful code or viruses. Only so-called "session cookies” will be set by our webserver, these will be deleted after you close your browser.

Web analytics

We do not use any web analytic tools to track your visit on our website.


Our website is using plugins to display videos stored on YouTube, (Google Company – YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA). If you are visiting a page on our website containing a YouTube video, data will be transferred from and to a YouTube server. We do not know which kind of data is transferred and how Youtube handels your data. If you are logged in with your YouTube profile, YouTube will store information which pages you visited and which videos you have wached. To avoid this you can logout at YouTube. More information about the data privacy policy of YouTube can be found at


Our website is using plugins to display content stored on Twitter (Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA). If you are visiting a page on our website containing Twitter content or use "re-tweet", data will be transferred from and to a Twitter server. If you are logged in with your Twitter profile, Twitter will store information which pages you visited. We do not know which kind of data is transferred and how Twitter handles your data. For more information about the data privacy policy of Twitter visit You privacy settings for your Twitter account could be set here:

Your rights

You have the right to get information, ask for correction or request deletion of your personal data which we might have stored any time. You can contact us if you have questions concerning your personal data and our data privacy policy via the persons and contact details named above.


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Additionally, while we strive for accuracy, we make no guarantees, warranties and/or other representations about the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness, or accuracy of this website for any purpose. The webpages and information contained here are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. We do not represent or warrant that this website will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that the webpages or the server that makes it available, are free of viruses or other harmful components. Changes and/or improvements may be made to this website at any time.


We also make no guarantees, warranties and/or other representations concerning any sites "linked" to and from our website or concerning the content or quality of information on other sites. Sites linked to and from to our website are not under the control of us and we are not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites.