Data protecion

General information

This notice provides an overview of what happens to your personal data when you visit this website. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify you personally. As the operator of this website, the City of Dortmund takes the protection of your personal data very seriously and treats your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

When using this website, various personal data are collected. This data protection declaration explains which data is collected, what it is used for and for what purpose.

Data transmission on the Internet (e.g. when communicating by e-mail) can have security gaps. Complete protection of data against access by third parties is therefore not possible.

Note on the responsible party
The responsible party for data processing on this website is:


City of Dortmund
Science Master Plan Coordination Office
Betenstrasse 19
44137 Dortmund

Tel.: (0049) (0)231/50 -22586

Data processing and revocation

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You can revoke the consent you have already given by sending an e-mail to The legality of the data processing carried out until the revocation remains unaffected.

Insofar as we obtain the consent of the data subject for processing operations involving personal data, Article 6 (1) (a) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as the legal basis.

Contact of the official data protection officer of the City of Dortmund

City of Dortmund
The data protection officer(s)
44122 Dortmund


Right of appeal to the competent supervisory authority

In the event of violations of data protection law, the person concerned has the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority. The competent supervisory authority in matters of data protection law is:

The State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Kavalleriestr. 2-4
40213 Düsseldorf

SSL or TLS encryption

For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, this website uses SSL or TLS encryption. This means that transmitted data cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

You have the right to receive information free of charge about the origin, recipient and purpose of your stored personal data. You can also request the correction, blocking or deletion of this data.


Cookies use

This website partially uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored in the Internet browser or by the Internet browser on the user’s computer system. When a user visits a website, a cookie may be stored on the user’s operating system. This cookie contains a characteristic string of characters that enables the browser to be uniquely identified when the website is called up again. Cookies serve to make the offer more user-friendly, effective and secure.

Most of the cookies used here are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted after the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your terminal device until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser on your next visit.

You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or in general and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be limited.

The legal basis for the processing of personal data using technically necessary cookies is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

The legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies for analysis purposes is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO if the user has given his or her consent in this regard. 

Server log files

Each time the website is called up, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer system of the calling computer. These are:

  • browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address

This data is not merged with other data sources.
The legal basis for the temporary storage of the data and the log files is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

Subscribe to news

This website offers the possibility to subscribe to news free of charge and to receive news about the City of Science Dortmund. When subscribing, your e-mail address is transmitted to us via the input mask. During the data processing for the dispatch of the news, the data will not be passed on to third parties as a matter of principle. The data is used exclusively for sending the news and collected for this purpose.

The legal basis for the processing of the data after registration for the newsletter by the user is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO if the data subject has given his consent.

Your data will be stored until your registration is revoked. The registration can be cancelled by the data subject at any time by sending an email to


Analysis tools and advertising

Google Web Fonts

This website uses so-called web fonts provided by Google for the uniform display of fonts. When you call up a website, your browser loads the required web fonts into its browser cache in order to display texts and fonts correctly.

For this purpose, the browser you use must connect to Google’s servers. This enables Google to know that this website has been accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web Fonts is in the interest of a uniform and appealing presentation of this online offer. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font from your computer will be used.

You can find more information about Google Web Fonts at: and in Google’s privacy policy:


Web analysis through Matomo

The website uses open source software tool Matomo (formerly PIWIK) to analyze the surfing behavior of users*. The software sets a cookie on the user’s computer (for cookies, see above).

If individual pages of the website are called up, the following data is stored:

  • Two bytes of the IP address of the user’s calling system.
  • The web page called up
  • The website from which the user accessed the accessed website (referrer)
  • The subpages accessed from the accessed web page
  • The time spent on the website
  • The frequency with which the website is accessed

The software runs exclusively on the servers of this website. Personal data of the users is only stored there. The data is not passed on to third parties.

The software is set in such a way that the IP addresses are not stored completely, but 2 bytes of the IP address are masked (e.g.: In this way, an assignment of the shortened IP address to the calling computer is no longer possible.

The legal basis for the processing of the users’ personal data is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

The processing of the users’ personal data enables us to analyze your surfing behavior. By evaluating the data obtained, we are able to compile information about the use of the individual components of this website. This helps us to continuously improve the website and its user-friendliness.

In these purposes also lies our legitimate interest in processing the data in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. By anonymizing the IP address, the interest of users in the protection of their personal data is sufficiently taken into account.

The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for our recording purposes.

More information on the privacy settings of the Matomo software can be found at the following link: