Legal Notice

Stiftung Mercator GmbH
Huyssenallee 40
45128 Essen

Correspondence address:
Postfach 10 33 26
45014 Essen

Tel. +49 201-24522-0
Fax +49 201-24522-44

Entered in the commercial register of Essen District Court (HRB 12237)

Stiftung Mercator GmbH is a non-profit organization whose non-profit status is recognized by the Essen-South tax office. Its current exemption certificate can be viewed here (in German).

Executive Board
Winfried Kneip, Dr Markus Piduhn, Dr Wolfgang Rohe, Michael Schwarz

Person responsible pursuant to § 6 of the German Interstate Public Media Services Treaty
Michael Schwarz

Design and TYPO3 Programming
u+i interact GmbH & Co. KG

Terms of use

Data protection

We are happy that you are visiting the website of Stiftung Mercator GmbH and thank you for your interest. We take the protection of your personal data while you use our website very seriously. Your personal data are stored and processed in accordance with the German data protection regulations. To the extent that you use our website to send us an enquiry, request, application or order, the disclosure of your data takes place on an explicitly voluntary basis. Your personal data will be used for further processing and electronically saved and processed until this consent is withdrawn, which can be done by e-mailing

Our website uses a social plugin of the social network which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugin can be recognized by its Facebook logo (white “f” next to the text “Like”).

When you visit our Newsroom, you can establish a connection with the Facebook servers by clicking on a button next to the logo; this allows you to view images and videos from Stiftung Mercator GmbH’s Facebook stream. Once you have activated the plugin, Facebook sends the plugin’s content directly to your browser, which in turn incorporates it into the website. We have no influence over the extent of the data which Facebook collects with the aid of this plugin and can thus inform you only that, as far as we are aware, activating the plugin gives Facebook the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are signed in to Facebook, Facebook can assign your visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugin, i.e. if you click the Like-button, the corresponding information will be sent by your browser directly to Facebook where it is stored. Even if you are not a member of Facebook, there is still the possibility that Facebook will ascertain and store your IP address. For details of the purpose and scope of the data acquisition and the further processing and use of data by Facebook, and for your rights in this regard and the settings you can make to protect your privacy, please refer to Facebook’s Data Use Policy. If you are a member of Facebook and do not wish Facebook to collect data about you via our website or to link this data with your member data stored on Facebook, you will need to sign out of Facebook before activating the plugin on our website. It is also possible to block Facebook social plugins with add-ons for your browser, using for example the “Facebook Blocker”.

Content from third parties is incorporated into some pages of this website, such as videos from YouTube, photographs from Flickr or stories from Storify. This always requires the suppliers of such content (herein after referred to as “third party suppliers”) to register the IP address of the user, for without the IP address they cannot send the content to the browser of the user in question. Thus the IP address is required for this content to be displayed. We make every effort to use only content from suppliers who use the IP address solely for the purposes of delivering the content. Nonetheless, we have no means of preventing third party suppliers from storing the IP address, for example for statistical purposes. Where we are aware of this happening, we inform users accordingly.

If you are signed in to your own account with one of these third party suppliers, it is possible that the supplier will assign information about your usage to your respective personal user accounts of these platforms. You can prevent this from happening by signing out of your user account before using the plugins. For details of the purpose and scope of the data acquisition and the further processing and use of data by Flickr, YouTube and Storify, and for your rights in this regard and the settings you can make to protect your privacy, please refer to the data use policies of Flickr, YouTube and Storify.

Our Internet presence also uses plug-ins from the micro-blogging service, operated by Twitter, Inc. 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA (‘Twitter’). The plug-in is indicated by the Twitter logo.

When you visit a webpage on our website containing this plugin, a connection is made to the Twitter server and the plug-in is displayed through the website on your browser. The Twitter server then receives information about the webpages you have visited on our site. If you are logged in as a member of Twitter, Twitter will allocate this information to your personal twitter user account. This information will also be allocated to your Twitter account when you use the plug-in functions (for example leaving a comment). This can only be prevented by logging out of the plug-in beforehand. More information on Twitter’s use and storage of data, the user’s associated rights and privacy protection can be found in Twitter’s privacy policy.

In addition, our website uses the web-analysis service Piwik. Piwik uses so-called ‘cookies’, which are stored on your computer and enable us to analyse user traffic on the website. The user information produced by the cookie (including your abbreviated IP address) is transmitted to our server and stored for user-analysis purposes. This helps us to optimize our web site. Your IP address is automatically anonymized in this process, so that you remain anonymous to us as a user. The information produced by the cookie about your use of this website will not be shared with any third parties. You are able to prevent the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note, that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

If you do not agree with the storage and analysis of the data from your visit to our website, you may decline with a mouse click at any time. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is stored in your browser that prevents Piwik from collecting any data during your session. Please note: by deleting your cookies, you also delete the opt-out cookie, which will then have to be reactivated.

By using this website, you agree to have the data that has been collected about you to be processed by Piwik in the manner and for the purposes described above.

Limitation of liability

We make every effort to ensure that the information presented on our website is always correct and up to date. We thus reserve the right to change, supplement or delete content at any time and without prior notification, or to discontinue its publication for a period of time or entirely. Nonetheless, we are unable to give any guarantee that the information provided is correct, up to date or complete, nor can we guarantee its quality. Stiftung Mercator GmbH accepts no liability whatsoever for damage of a material or non-material nature that arises as the direct or indirect result of using this website, to the extent that such damage is not due to wilful intent or gross negligence on the part of Stiftung Mercator GmbH. Stiftung Mercator GmbH does not claim any responsibility for the contents, correctness and functionality of third party internet pages to which reference is made via link. The content of linked websites is the exclusive responsibility of their operators.


Our intention is to make the results of the projects we support publicly available in the best possible way, so many works and content on our website are available under a “Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 Germany Licence”. Such works are explicitly indicated by the abbreviation CC BY-NC-ND. Essentially, the licence means that the work or content can be copied, shared and made publicly accessible by users so long as they (1) name the author/copyright owner in the manner the latter specifies, (2) do not use the work or content for commercial purposes and (3) do not edit, transform or modify in any other way the work or content. Any of these conditions can be cancelled if the express consent of the rights owner is obtained. To the extent that the work, the content or any part of it belongs to the public domain under the respective legal regulations, this status shall not be affected in any way by the licence. The licence has no influence on the following rights:

  • the rights granted to anyone due to the constraints of copyright law or as a result of legal permissions;

  • the moral rights of the rights owner;

  • the rights of other persons, either to the subject of the licence or with respect to its use, for example for advertising or the protection of privacy.

If the work is shared, the licensing conditions that apply to this work must be disclosed. The precise licensing conditions can be found here.

Furthermore, all rights are reserved. The texts, images, graphics, videos, files etc. used on this website are subject to copyright and other laws designed to protect intellectual property. Any use beyond the limits provided by copyright law without explicit permission is prohibited.


On our website, you have the option of subscribing to newsletters relating to different themes. We need your e-mail address to be able to send you the desired newsletter, and if you wish you can also provide us with your title, first name and surname. You will only receive our newsletter once you have successfully completed a double opt-in process. You can view your declaration of consent or unsubscribe to the newsletter at any time. The links needed to do so can be found in every e-mail that accompanies our newsletter. If you unsubscribe, we will immediately delete your contact details from our newsletter distribution list. There are certain legal requirements regarding the effectiveness of the kind of electronic consent that is used when subscribing to our newsletter. These also include logging your declaration of consent. We therefore log the date and time that consent was given, the text contained in the declaration of consent, your e-mail address, and if applicable your title, first name and surname. We likewise log the date and time that the Send button and the link in the confirmation e-mail were clicked. We record and save these details solely in order to comply with the legal requirements for electronic consent (Section 28 (3a) of Germany’s Federal Data Protection Act). We send our newsletters using the Inxmail Professional system of Inxmail GmbH, Wentzingerstr. 17, 79106 Freiburg, Germany. In certain cases the newsletters are sent by our service provider u+i interact GmbH & Co. KG, Karl-Eilers-Str. 13, 33602 Bielefeld, Germany. Commissioned data processing agreements in accordance with Section 11 of Germany’s Federal Data Protection Act have been concluded with both companies. Your data will not be used for any other purposes.

Final provisions

If individual provisions of these terms of use should be or become invalid, this shall not be deemed to affect the validity of the remaining terms of use. The terms of use and the entire legal relationship between the users of this website and Stiftung Mercator GmbH are subject solely to German law, excluding international rules on conflict-of-law. Place of jurisdiction is Essen.