Information Notice

Please read the following Disclaimer and Privacy Notice carefully as they contain important information about your rights and responsibilities. By registering on the website, you will be asked to consent to these policies.

Disclaimer by EUN Partnership aisbl

This website has been developed by EUN Partnership aisbl, the legal name of European Schoolnet. Contact information of EUN Partnership aisbl can be found below.

EUN Partnership aisbl is established in Brussels, Belgium, and Belgian laws apply to any use of the website.

Although we do make reasonable endeavours to ensure that the information provided is both timely and accurate, the information provided via this website is:

  • of a general informational nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity;
  • not necessarily comprehensive, accurate, complete or up to date;
  • sometimes linked to external websites over which EUN Partnership aisbl has no control and for which EUN Partnership aisbl assumes no responsibility;
  • not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

Therefore, EUN Partnership aisbl assumes no liability in relation to any of the points above, except as required under applicable law. If you note that your rights have been violated through any information provided via the STEM Alliance website, please contact EUN Partnership aisbl as indicated below. EUN Partnership aisbl will handle your objection with due diligence in compliance with its legal obligations.

EUN Partnership aisbl is not responsible or in any way liable for the contents of any document, information, or materials ("materials") that have been uploaded, linked to or otherwise made available on behalf of members of the STEM Alliance, partners, users or other third parties or their representatives ("content contributors") via the website. It is the duty of each content contributor to check the legality of their use of such materials prior to making them available, and in particular to ensure, that they do not infringe any relevant law including but not limited to copyright, privacy or data protection, criminal, contract, torts or civil liability, statutory obligations or any other law or laws whether at international, European or national level.

Several sections of this website make use of RSS technologies to present content that may originate from several third-party websites which are relevant to our projects/networks. EUN Partnership aisbl collects and formats this data. However, use of this content may be subject to different copyright/terms of use. Please refer to the portal to which the service links if you wish to use content from third party websites.

EUN Partnership aisbl reserves the right, at its discretion, to suspend, change, modify, add, or remove (portions of) the website at any time, including any materials which may have been made available by content contributors.

Acceptable use of STEM Alliance services

The use of STEM Alliance tools and services including this website is subject to the following conditions:

  1. You will not use the STEM Alliance tools and services for anything not related to or for the purpose of education.
  2. You will not post or send unauthorized commercial communications (such as "promotions" or spam) on or through the STEM Alliance tools and services.
  3. You will not use harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers (harvesting bots are used to collect a large number of email addresses to use for bulk emailing or for spamming; scrapers find and store information about a certain webpage; spiders are designed to systematically crawl and browse the World Wide Web usually for the purpose of indexing Web pages in order to provide them as search results for user search queries) in order to collect users' content or information, or otherwise access the STEM Alliance tools and services.
  4. You will not use the STEM Alliance tools and services to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory, nor anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of the STEM Alliance tools and services.

Copyright statement

© - The STEM Alliance website is a service provided by the EUN Partnership aisbl. Except where otherwise stated, content made available either by EUN Partnership aisbl or users on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0). Licensing under Creative Commons licenses does not itself affect the ownership of the copyright. Content from third party websites is subject to their own copyright restrictions; please refer to the website of origin for more information.

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Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice is subject to EU Regulation 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons regarding the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (‘'GDPR'').

The STEM Alliance website is dedicated to respecting the privacy of its users. Our intention is to provide a secure and safe environment for all users. This Privacy Notice outlines the policies by which the STEM Alliance website collects, manages, and uses the data provided to us by users, and how users of the website may exercise their data protection rights.

The STEM Alliance website is controlled by EUN Partnership aisbl, the legal name for European Schoolnet. Contact information can be found below. EUN Partnership aisbl is responsible (i.e., the "controller") for processing your personal data as explained in this Privacy Notice.

1. When do we collect and process your personal data?

You directly provide European Schoolnet with most of the personal data we collect through the STEM Alliance website. We collect your personal data when you:

  • visit the STEM Alliance website,
  • subscribe to the STEM Alliance newsletter,
  • voluntarily register in events, courses, webinars, and competitions promoted on the STEM Alliance website from time to time,
  • Contact us directly via social media, phone, or e-mail.

2. What personal data do we process and why?

When you use the STEM Alliance website, subscribe to the STEM Alliance newsletter, register for events/courses/webinars/competitions that are promoted from time to time on this website or communicate with us via phone, e-mail, or any other digital communication channel, we will collect and use your personal data to:

  • Allow for the communication between you and us;
  • Improve the STEM Alliance website's content and the overall user experience within this and similar projects via tracking usage frequency, and search behaviours;
  • Detect security incidents, protect against malicious activity and fix system errors;
  • Assist in signing up for the STEM Alliance newsletter, which is sent every three months to inform of learning resources and activities you might be interested in within this or other European Schoolnet projects and about any developments and updates related to the STEM Alliance;
  • Assist in the registration for events/webinars/courses/competitions that may be promoted from time to time on this website.

To achieve the above-mentioned purposes, we process the following personal data in the following circumstances:

  1. Website Visits: As a general policy, you are not required to disclose your personal data as a condition of using the STEM Alliance website. No basic identity information, such as your name, postal address, or email address is automatically collected from your visit to the website; however, we automatically collect some personal data, including technical information (IP address, Internet Service Provider (ISP), web browser, operating system) and information about your visit, from each of your visits to our website, as detailed in point 5 below.

  2. Subscription to our Newsletter: When you sign up for the quarterly published STEM Alliance newsletter, the website requires you to submit the following personal data as part of the registration process: first name, last name, email address.

    Upon subscription, you will also be asked to consent to this Privacy Notice. You will always have the opportunity to unsubscribe from the STEM Alliance newsletter by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of the email you receive from us, or by contacting us at privacy@eun.org. If you no longer receive any newsletters from us, we delete your data.

    We use MailerLite, a third-party service provider to disseminate the STEM Alliance newsletter and managing the STEM Alliance newsletter subscribers lists. The processing of your personal data for the purposes of sending out these newsletters will be subject to this Privacy Notice as well as to the terms and conditions, including the Data Processing Addendum of MailerLite: https://www.mailerlite.com/legal/privacy-policy

  3. Registration for Events/Courses/Webinars/Competitions: When you visit the STEM Alliance website, you may want to register for the events, courses, webinars and take part in the competitions that are organised by European Schoolnet, and/or its private spaces/projects and/or members/partners of the STEM Alliance that may be promoted from time to time on this website. The types of personal data collected when you register for the events, webinars or courses and take part in the competitions that run within the Stem Discovery Campaign or the Back to School Campaign, are described in their own privacy statements. The privacy statements will give you details of the purpose and legal grounds of the processing, who will have access to your personal data and the period of time for which the data will be kept. In addition, the privacy statements for each course/event/webinar/competition will detail your rights in respect of the data we collect, where you can get further information on the privacy statements and the official organisations to which you can complain in the event that you feel that your data protection rights have been infringed.

    We use a third-party service provider (i.e. ‘'data processor''), Microsoft Teams to organise our online events. MS Teams is a feature of Microsoft 365. The processing of your personal data for the purposes of participating in our online events will be subject to this Privacy Notice as well as to the terms and conditions of https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/teams-privacy.

    We use Microsoft Forms and Google Forms, third-party service providers, to process the data you submit to register for courses/events/webinars/competitions organised by European Schoolnet. In addition to the privacy notice for each form, the processing of your personal data may also be subject to the privacy statements of Microsoft and Google, which can be consulted at https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement and https://policies.google.com/terms, respectively.

  4. Contacting EUN Partnership aisbl: We also collect personal data such as your telephone number, professional title, organisation name, and any other personal data you choose to share when you communicate with us social media, phone, or e-mail as well as any personal data that you provide when you contact us to become a STEM Alliance partner.

  5. Other forms of collection/Information Collected by Automated Means: Personal data such as your IP address, internet service provider (ISP), web browser, operating system, approximate times of use, referring site, specific user interactions with the system functionality and any similar data exchanged between a user's computer and the servers of the STEM Alliance website will be collected. These will not be linked to specific user accounts. We use Google Analytics for this (see Section 10 below).

    Finally, aggregated statistics will be collected regularly, including, but not limited to, the number of users during a specific period, the preferred subjects and/or countries chosen by teachers or other type of users, and account usage.

    Some parts of our website use the video services of YouTube. YouTube may use cookies to collect usage and user-related information about your visit to the STEM Alliance website. No personal data is automatically transmitted to YouTube when you visit the STEM Alliance website.

3. Who do we share your data with?

In principle we will not share your personal data with anyone except European Schoolnet designated staff and the third-party service providers listed in this Privacy Notice.

European Schoolnet does not sell your personal data to third parties. No third parties will receive your data, unless this is explicitly disclosed to you in advance in a separate privacy policy or unless we are required to do so by law, e.g., in the framework of a judicial enquiry or at the request of the competent legal authorities.

The third-party service providers (i.e., MailerLite, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Forms) process your personal data only on behalf of the data controller (i.e., European Schoolnet). When we use a third-party service provider, we only disclose to them any personal data that is necessary for them to provide their services. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

4. Data transfers

Your personal data may be transferred to and stored at a destination outside the European Union (‘'EU'')/European Economic Area (‘'EEA'') in which our third-party service providers specified in this Privacy Notice are located or have servers. We ensure that the recipient of your personal data offers an adequate level of protection, by engaging in data processing agreements with our third-party service providers, which provide standard contractual clauses for the transfer of data as approved by the European Commission.

Your personal data may also be accessible to parties outside the EU/EEA via social media pages of the STEM Alliance, links to which are embedded in this website. An exception might also be where you are located outside the EU/ EEA, and we need to follow-up with you regarding your submission. Apart from the above-mentioned circumstances, your personal data are not sent outside the EU/EEA by us.

5. The legal basis of data processing

In terms of personal data processing activities for the purpose of facilitating communication between you and us, we rely on our legitimate interest to be able to respond to requests, questions, or remarks when you contact us via social media, phone or e-mail.

In terms of personal data processing activities for the purpose of improving the STEM Alliance website's content and the overall experience, we rely on our own legitimate interest in providing an interesting online space to our visitors.

In terms of personal data processing activities for the purposes of detecting and preventing malware, illegal content, and other types of misuse, we rely on our legitimate interest to keep our online presence safe.

When you subscribe to the STEM Alliance newsletter, or any event/course/webinar/competition promoted on this website, your consent serves as the legal basis for our processing of your personal data.

If you consent to us processing your personal information, please note that you may withdraw this consent at any time. If you have problems withdrawing your earlier given consent, you can contact us as indicated in Section 12 below.

Please note that your consent can only be withdrawn with future effect and such a withdrawal does not have any influence on the lawfulness of past processing. In some cases, we may be entitled despite your withdrawal to continue to process your personal information on a different legal basis.

6. How long do we store your data?

Your personal data are only processed for as long as needed to achieve the purposes which are described above or, when we asked for your consent, up until such time when you withdraw your consent. As a general rule, we will de-identify your personal data when they are no longer necessary for the purposes outlined above or when the retention period as explained in this section has expired.

All personal data we collect through our interactions with you via the STEM Alliance website, STEM Alliance social media accounts, phone, and e-mail will be kept for as long as required to communicate with you, but also to keep an historical archive of our communications. This allows us to revert back to earlier communications if you return to us with new questions, request, or other input.

All personal data we collect to send you the STEM Alliance newsletter will be kept for as long as you remain subscribed to our subscribers list, i.e., up until such time when you withdraw your consent.

For our events/courses/webinars/competitions, the period of retention will be indicated in the separate privacy policy for the activity concerned.

Beyond these periods, your data won't be retained except in an anonymised form.

7. What are your data protection rights?

European Schoolnet would like to make sure you are fully aware of all your data protection rights. Every STEM Alliance website user is entitled to the following:

The right to access – You have the right to request European Schoolnet for copies of the personal data we have about you. However, note that you must specify for which processing activities you would like to have access to your personal data.

The right to rectification – You have the right to request that European Schoolnet corrects any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request European Schoolnet to complete the information you believe is incomplete. Please specify the context in which we use your personal data (e.g., to send you newsletters or to register for an event), so that we may assess your request swiftly and accurately.

The right to erasure – You have the right to request that European Schoolnet erases your personal data, if these personal data are no longer needed for the purposes for which we collected them in the first place, if our collection of them was illegitimate or if you have successfully exercised your right to withdraw your consent or your right to object to the processing of your personal data. When one of these circumstances applies, we will immediately delete your personal data unless the law, regulatory obligations or administrative or judicial orders prohibit us to delete your personal data.

The right to restrict processing – You can ask that we restrict the processing of your personal data:

  • during the time we are assessing your request for the correction of your personal data;
  • during the time we are assessing your objection to the processing of your personal data;
  • when such processing was unlawful, but you prefer restriction to erasure.

The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to European Schoolnet processing of your personal data, when we process your personal data on the basis of our own legitimate interests, i.e., you have not given us your consent and we do not need them for the execution or performance of an agreement nor to comply with legal obligations.

The right to data portability – You have the right to request that European Schoolnet transfers the data that we have collected to another organisation, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

Whenever we process your personal data based on your consent, you also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

If you would like to exercise any of these rights, we ask that you send us an e-mail. You can reach us at privacy@eun.org. Rest assured that we will not interpret an e-mail from you requesting to exercise a right as your consent with any processing of your personal data beyond what is required for handling your request. A request should clearly state and specify which right you wish to exercise. Your request should also be dated and signed. We will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and at the latest thirty (30) days after having received the request. Please note that whenever you wish to exercise a right, we may ask you to provide proof of identity. We do this to avoid that we have a data breach on our hands, e.g., because an unauthorized person pretends to be you and exercises a right in your name.

8. Data security

European Schoolnet has put in place appropriate technical and security measures to protect our infrastructure, system, applications, premises, and processes where your personal data is stored, from accidental lost, alteration, disclosure or use or access in an unauthorised way. We process only the personal data required for achieving the purposes we have communicated to you, and we restrict access to your personal data to European Schoolnet designated staff and specified third parties with a business need to know.

We have also put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

9. Privacy policies of other websites

The STEM Alliance website contains links to other websites. This Privacy Notice applies only to this website, so if you click on a link to another website, you should read their privacy policy.

This Privacy Notice does not apply to European Schoolnet private projects/spaces, including but not limited to European Schoolnet Academy, Future Classroom Lab, Scientix, and STEM School Label as well as current and past projects carried out by European Schoolnet or the partners/members of the STEM Alliance whose links are shared on the STEM Alliance website, and which have their own privacy statements.

The STEM Alliance website includes links to third-party websites, including our Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube social media pages as well as the websites of the STEM Alliance partner organisation, among others. Clicking on those links may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their use of your data. We recommend that you read any privacy notices on their websites carefully. In addition, if you linked to the STEM Alliance website from a third-party website, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third-party website and recommend that you check the privacy notice of that third-party website.

10. Cookies

To make this website work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. Most big websites do this too.

What are cookies? A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don't have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the website or browse from one page to another.

How do we use cookies? On our website, we only use a very limited number of cookies:

  • Essential cookies: These cookies help to improve a user's experience of a website by providing a more personalised service, without having to ask you every time again; more specifically, our Liferay Portal stores a limited number of user preferences, such as language and session id.
  • Analytics: Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that uses cookies to track visitor interactions, helping website owners understand how visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so that they can improve it. Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit our website – for more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/181881?hl=en.

How to control cookies? You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see boutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer, and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a website, and some services and functionalities may not work.

11. Changes within this privacy notice

This Privacy Notice may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our personal information practices. Any and all changes to this Privacy Notice will be posted here, and if we make any substantial changes, we will provide additional notice by sending you an e-mail notification if you are already on the STEM Alliance newsletter mailing list. Any and all changes to this Privacy Notice will take effect upon their publication. Your further use of this website and our services after a change to our Privacy Notice will be subject to the updated Privacy Notice. This Privacy Notice was last updated on 17 July 2023.

12. Contacting European Schoolnet

If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice, the processing of your personal data, if you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, or if you have any complaint regarding the processing of your personal data by European Schoolnet, you can always contact us:

via email:

Data controller: privacy@eun.org

via post:

Data controller
EUN Partnership asbl
Rue de Trèves 61
b-1040 Brussels

via telephone:

+32 2 790 75 75

13. Making an official complaint

If you feel that we have infringed your data protection rights and you remain unsatisfied with our response, you may make an official complaint to the Belgian Data Protection Authorities at the following address:

Belgian Data Protection Authority
Rue de la Presse 35
B-1000 Bruxelles