The operators of these pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this data protection declaration.

The use of our website is usually possible without providing personal data. As far as on our pages personal data (for example name, address or e-mail addresses) are collected, this is always done, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis. These data will not be passed on to third parties without your express consent.

We would like to point out that data transmission on the Internet (e.g. communication by e-mail) has security gaps can. A complete protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.

The use of contact data published within the framework of the imprint obligation by third parties for the transmission of not expressly requested advertising and information material is hereby expressly contradicted. The operators of the pages retain legal steps in the case of unsolicited sending of advertising information, such as through spam mails, before.


The Internet pages partly use so-called cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies serve to make our offer more user-friendly, more effective and safer. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and that your browser saves.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called "session cookies". They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your terminal device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser on your next visit.

You can adjust the settings of your browser to make sure that you are notified every time cookies are placed and to enable you to accept cookies only in specific cases or to exclude the acceptance of cookies for specific situations or in general and to activate the automatic deletion of cookies when you close your browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functions of this website may be limited.

Usage of web analysis service Matomo (formerly called Piwik)

This website uses the open source web analysis service Matomo. Matomo uses technologies that make it possible to recognize the user across multiple pages with the aim of analysing the user patterns Matomo is set in such a manner that 2 bytes of the IP address are masked and therefore the - IP addresses are not fully stored. This ensures that any allocation of the abbreviated IP address to the calling computer is no longer possible which means that IP-address anonymization is always enabled.

Through Matomo, we are able to collect and analyse data on the use of our website by website visitors. This enables us to find out, for instance, when which page views occurred and from which region they came. In addition, we collect various log files (e.g. anonymized IP address, referrer i.e. the website from which the user accesses the website, browser and operating system used).

The usage of Matomo serves the purpose of gaining knowledge regarding the common usage of the website to enable improving and optimizing its contents and functions. The processing of data is carried out pursuant to Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 f) of the EU GDPR. Using cookies for web analysis it becomes clear how the website is used and services can be optimized. By requesting an agreement to the storage of cookies the user is free to decide whether these analysing cookies are allowed to be placed on the browser, in order to enable the owner of the website to record and analyse various statistical – non personalized – data.

There is no disclosure of data to a third party. For more information about Matomo see (external link). Processing of data takes place exclusively on pursuant to Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 f) of the EU GDPR; the agreement can be revoked at any time.
For reasons of data protection Q fever GermAn Interdisciplinary Program for reSearch (Q-GAPS) research consortium explicitly renounces to use Google-Analytics.


We host Matomo exclusively on our own servers so that all analysis data remain with us and are not passed on.

Server log files

The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmitted to us. These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request

These data cannot be assigned to specific persons. A consolidation of these data with other data sources is not possible. We reserve the right to subsequently check these data, if we have concrete indications of an illegal use become known.

Contact form

If you send us enquiries via the contact form, your details from the enquiry form, including those of the contact data provided to you will be stored by us for the purpose of processing your inquiry and in case of follow-up questions. We will not pass on these data without your consent.

SSL encryption

This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser's address line when it changes from "http://" to "https://" and the lock icon is displayed in your browser's address bar.

If SSL encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Browser plugin

You can prevent the storage of cookies by adjusting your browser software settings accordingly. However, we would like to inform you that if you do so you may not be able to fully use all the functions on this website.

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