Privacy Policy

The European Thermoelectric Society (ETS) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website(s), how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

We may change this policy from time to time, so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you approve of any changes.

By using our website(s), you are agreeing to be bound by this policy.

Any questions regarding this policy and our privacy practices should be sent by e-mail to webmaster(at) or by writing to the

European Thermoelectric Society (ETS)
Heisenbergstr. 3
70569 Stuttgart

The rules on processing of personal data are set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

Who are we?

The European Thermoelectric Society (ETS) is a non-profit organisation aiming to represent the interests of everyone involved in thermoelectricity. It offers a platform to the thermoelectric community and raise awareness of thermoelectricity and its applications in Europe.

We are classed under the GDPR regulations as a data controller. That means we decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

The European Thermoelectric Society (ETS) is in the process of becoming a registered charity in Germany.

How we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you when register to attend the “European Conference on Thermoelctrics”.

We also receive and process personal information regarding membership applications and renewals.

What type of information is collected?

The personal information we collect might include your title, first name, surname, gender, date of birth, address, e-mail address, phone number, IP address, and information regarding what pages are accessed and when.

We may also collect information relating to your employment, including where you are currently employed, your job title, areas of interest/expertise and your job function if this is relevant to your interaction with us. In applications for some categories of membership we ask you to identify a referee and to provide contact information for them. This will be their name and address only.

Bank details may be collected during grant applications or for expense reimbursements. This information will be held for as long as necessary to fulfil the stated purpose, and then permanently deleted.

How is your information used?

We may use your information to

  • Process applications or renewal of membership of the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS);
  • Process orders for Society or Society associated events;
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into by you and us;
  • Seek your views or comments on the services we provide;
  • Notify you of changes to our services;
  • Send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you. These may include newsletters, information about campaigns, appeals, and other Society activities;
  • Promote activities of our associated companies’ goods and services;
  • Process a grant application;

We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations.

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you may hold with us.

What is our legal basis for processing your personal data?

Our lawful basis for processing your general personal data under article 6 of GDPR is as follows:

Consent of the data subject - We will directly ask for your consent to process data;

  • When you sign up for our regular newsletter on our website(s).
  • When you register for membership of the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS) directly on our website(s) or through paper forms or over the phone.

Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract - We will collect and use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • When you apply for any European Thermoelectric Society grant so we can process your application, and inform you of the outcome and make the relevant payment to you.

Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests of the data controller or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights or freedoms of the data subject:

  • We will use your personal data to process and facilitate your membership of the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS) received directly.

Who has access to your information?

We will not sell or rent your information to third parties unless you have given your express consent for us to do so where required by law.

Third Party service providers working on our behalf: We may pass your information to our third-party service providers, agents, subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf (for example to process website(s) payments). However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have contracts that require them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes.

Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties beyond the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS), unless you have requested us to do so, or we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.

We may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation, or if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation or to enforce or apply our terms of use or to protect the rights, property or safety of our supporters and customers. However, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.

What are your choices?

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. If you do not want to receive direct communications from us about the opportunities we provide for members, please let us know.

We will not contact you for marketing purposes by e-mail, post or phone.

How can you access and update your information?

The accuracy of your information is important to us.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS) holds about you.

If you change e-mail address, or notice that any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, you can also e-mail us at webmaster(at), or write to us at: European Thermoelectric Society, Heisenbergstr. 3, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany.

The European Thermoelectric Society (ETS) has 30 calendar days in which to respond to your request.

There is no charge for such requests.

Please note that normally transmitted data can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our website(s), you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.


We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you. We may make use of additional information about you when it is available from external sources to help us do this effectively. We may also use your personal information to detect and reduce fraud and credit risk.

Links to other websites

Our website(s) may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our website(s)‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website(s).

In addition, if you were linked to our website(s) from a third-party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third-party site, and recommend that you check the policy of that third-party site.

16 or under

We are concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. We do not process any data for those aged under 16 without their parents/guardian’s explicit permission. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please get your parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information.

Transferring your information outside Europe

As part of the services offered to you through this website(s), the information which you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”). By way of example, this may happen if any of our servers are from time to time located in a country outside the EU. These countries may have data protection laws different from those in Germany. By submitting your personal data, you are agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this policy.

If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services.

How to make a complaint?

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints, please in the first instance contact the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS) via e-mail at webmaster(at), or write to us at: European Thermoelectric Society, Heisenbergstr. 3, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany.

If this does not resolve your complaint to your satisfaction, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Office of the “Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information” at

Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions.

Review of this policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy.

This policy was last updated in May 2018.