Welcome to News Ticker #7. So, it is only this edition and next week's, and then the AGM will already be upon us. Safe to say, we at the Office are all very much excited and looking forward to welcoming you to Halle at the end of this month.
We shall look at the following topics this week: How to best find out more about your fellow attendees (and members / alumni) in general. Then we are once more looking at the documents and folders provided for you in terms of preparing for the AGM. We will introduce you to the art exhibit 'Silence in the noise of time', which will be running during your time in Halle at the Art Museum Moritzburg, and for which the exhibit's Director has kindly offered a tour for AGM participants.
In our travel guide, we'll look at the weather forecast for the AGM week once more, provide a few German words for your trip to and from the country, and once more look at a few interesting things about Halle (Saale). Also, make sure to check out the 'Travel Together' Excel sheet we have set up for you. It allows you to enter your arrival and departure dates for the AGM. This way, fellow members can get in contact with you should you be on the same plane or train.
Enjoy this week's edition, and keep your eyes peeled for next week's final issue as well.
So you really soon!
Find out more about your fellow AGM attendees
On the GYA Website we have several ways for you to find out more about your fellow members – whether they are attending the AGM or not.
First, have your username and password ready, and log in through the Intranet here.
Members & Alumni Pages
Members / Alumni Overview: These pages give you access to the listings of our members (currently in their tenure as GYA members) and alumni (those who have already spent five years as members). Each name is listed with a photo (if the person has uploaded one) and their country of residence. Every list item is clickable and will lead you to this person’s public profile.
By the way, when was the last time you visited your own profile page? We suggest heading over to the Intranet to have a look and update your profile now.
The AGM Event page
The AGM is listed as an event with its own details page on the main GYA Website. Have you checked it out yet? Especially when logged into the system? Because this page gives you a list of all members, alumni and Office staff who will be attending the AGM – complete with a link to their public profiles for quick access to their email address, research fields and all other kinds of information that the GYA profile holds. View the page here: AGM Event Page
Meet the Attendees
Would you like to introduce yourself to your fellow members and alumni by appearing on our Meet the Attendees page? Simply fill in this form.You get to write your own paragraph and highlight only the things you want people to know about you before meeting you at the AGM! It’s just a few lines – and another way to find more like-minded people.
Furthermore, we have set up a living excel sheet for you here to note down your travelling times and thus be able to connect with other members coming to the AGM who might be on the same flight or train.
A bit of preparation goes a long way!
The panels at this year's AGM will be highly interactive sessions. After a short introduction, you will need to become involved and discuss with your fellow attendees about the questions raised and issues mentioned. To allow you to prepare for these panels, please find a list of them, each with a short summary posted here: Conference Panels (AGM website)
More preparation: Constitutional changes & reviews
As mentioned in last week's ticker, there is a collaboration folder with living documents online for you to use. As called for by EC Member Laura Fierce, there are a number of constitutional changes to be looked at, considered and commented on. Get involved now and help actively shape the way GYA processes will be handled in the future: Constitution and processes (OneDrive)
Furthermore, the Year in Review documents are online and waiting for you to read them. Portfolio and committee leads have created a year review which ought to provide you with insight into their progress, as well as challenges and overall performance. Find the reviews here: Year Review AGM 2019 (OneDrive). Please remember, that you as a member can also contribute your own, personal review: Individual Reflections 2019 (Form).
Sneak Peaks: Portfolios reflect on a busy year
This week we look at the NYA portfolio, led by Yoko Shimpuku (Japan). The portfolio has seen a busy year, with the survey of NYAs, their membership and governance structures and areas of activities now ready to go out to the young academies globally. The global network of national young academies has also continued to grow, with advice and support provided to most of the newly-established ones by GYA members and the Office. [More]
The engagement and capacity portfolio, headed by Bach Tran (Vietnam), has been working on the introduction of the 'Global Social Impact Award' for members and 'GYA Development Award' for alumni. The proposal was discussed again at the March EC meeting and put aside for 2019 in order to collect more feedback form the Working Group leads to be better able to make a final decision for the following year. [More]
Shaheen Motala-Timol (Mauritius) was in charge of the media / communication portfolio in 2018/19 and has pushed ahead the design of a communication strategy document for the GYA, including social media strategy. This document is now an internal guideline to be used by EC / GYA Office. Furthermore, the GYA has been very present in relevant international events, with GYA members leading in many roles (speakers, chairing panels, rapporteurs, etc.). Thus, it was possible to increase representation of the GYA at such events and enable members and alumni to speak about the GYA whenever possible. [More]
Find all reviews here: Year Review AGM 2019 (OneDrive)
Tweet, tweet, tweet.
AGM 2019 Social Media coverage
Twitter will be our favoured outlet this year to spontaneously cover all the sessions of the AGM. What does this mean? Simple: tweet, tweet, tweet! Post your thoughts or a quote from a session or panel, add a photo to it, and tweet it using the #gyagm2019 hashtag. Furthermore, we highly recommend following that hashtag, to pick up and retweet what your fellow GYA members have posted.
The Media Office, using their Twitter channel, will then pick up your tweet and retweet in order to create a view that brings anyone following from afar directly into this amazing event, giving them a chance to be as close as possible. If you do not use Twitter, note that we will of course also cover Facebook and LinkeIn. If you post any kind of updates of the AGM, make sure to mention @GYA.online so we are instantly notified about your updates and can comment and / or share.
Art exhibit: Silence in the noise of time
MARC, MACK, NOLDE - Masterpieces from the Ziegler Collection
Art historian and Director of the Moritzburg Art Museum Halle (Saale), Thomas Bauer-Friedrich, will give GYA members and guests an exclusive tour through the exhibition of the Ziegler collection, which also raises questions about the limits of freedom of science and art in political and social contexts. This tour takes place on Tuesday, 30 April 2019, at 18.00 hrs. Read more in the article on the AGM website here.
The Leopoldina Fellowship Programme
Since the 1990s, the Leopoldina has supported outstanding young postdoctoral students with its Leopoldina Fellowship Programme. Scholarships are available to German scientists who want to work abroad, and to scientists from Austria and Switzerland for research conducted in Germany. The programme makes it possible for them to carry out independent research for up to three years.
To date, over 500 early-career researchers have been supported by the programme, which is jointly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the state of Saxony-Anhalt.
The programme also offers support for returning researchers to facilitate re-integration into the German science landscape, and a mentoring programme in which Leopoldina members provide expert guidance.
Call: North-South Interdisciplinary Project Grant
The 2019 call for applications for the GYA North-South Interdisciplinary Project Grant is now open!
Applications should be submitted by Sunday, 16 June 2019. This grant scheme, introduced at the AGM 2014, seeks to support the development of small-scale, innovative, curiosity-driven, blue-sky, exploratory research pilots or prototypes that unite researchers in developed and developing countries and cross-disciplinary boundaries. Each year, the GYA can grant up to 10,000 EUR to the best project. Read more about this here.
The AGM Traveling Guide
What to pack: The right clothes! Here's a weather forecast
With only two more weeks to go, it is a little easier to forecast what the weather will be at the end of this month. Of course, forecasts never come with a guarantee. So we do suggest checking Halle's weather by adding the town "Halle (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt" to your favourite weather app on your phone.
At this point, it looks like a pretty average week of spring time weather for this longitude. A long-sleeved cardigan, jumper or jacket should definitely be on your 'to-pack' list. The nights will certainly be chilly if and when temperatures drop to no more than 3° Celsius (mid-30s in Fahrenheit).
Your first time in Germany?
We have put together a small list of words in German you might find useful:
- ATM / cashpoint – Geldautomat
- Train station – Bahnhof
- Central station - Hauptbahnhof
- Tram station / train stop – Haltestelle
- Tram - Straßenbahn
- Cab – Taxi
- Mobile Phone – Handy (spoken exactly like the English word ‘handy’)
- Good morning / Good Evening – Guten Tag! (can be used all day)
- Good morning / Good Evening – Guten Morgen / Guten Abend.
- How are you? – Wie geht’s?
- Coffee - Kaffee (generally percolated coffee, served black)
- Check, please - Die Rechnung, bitte.
- Do you speak English? - Sprechen Sie Englisch?
Do’s and Don’ts in Germany
- Have your ticket for public transport on you and validate it!
- Red light means stop. Jaywalking is frowned upon! (Especially consider this when small children are around.)
- Don't walk on bicycle lanes, and if you hear a bell right behind you, make way!.
- Though Germans are known throughout the world for their efficiency, there are some exceptions: paying with card can be difficult in some cafes, bars, shops, and even supermarkets – be sure to always carry some coins and cash so you don’t get stuck being unable to pay at the register (or worse, being unable to pay to use a public toilet!)
- Don't wish someone a happy birthday in advance. It's considered bad luck.
- Do shake hands. A hand-shake is the established form of greeting in Germany.
- Whenever possible, adhere to the rules of sorting trash. Plastics (yellow bins), paper (blue bins), organic waste (green or brown bins), glass. Don't just drop it on the streets either.
- Do say "Guten Appetit" (Good appetite) before a meal. Keep your hands, not your elbows on the table.
- Don't be late.
- Remember to toast when drinking beer (Prost - Cheers). Germans do knock the glasses or bottles together when enjoying what's probably their favourite alcoholic beverage.
- Generally, small-talk is not something Germans are very good at.
- A quick note for Germans you meet that don't belong to the GYA Office: Germans do differentiate between you as formal address ('Sie') and informal address ('Du'). Thus, when meeting someone new, it is etiquette to address them with Mr / Mrs / Ms / Title and their last name instead of their first name.
- You don't need to wait to be seated at a restaurant (but you can). Usually you walk into a place and just pick your own table - as long as there's no sign saying 'Reserviert' (reserved).
- Do tip at a restaurant. Ten percent of the bill's total is a good measure.
Getting to know Halle
Halloren – One of Germany’s first chocolate factories
The Halloren Chocolate Factory (German: Halloren Schokoladenfabrik) is the oldest German chocolate factory. The first mention of the firm is recorded in 1804. The firm was founded in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt where its headquarters are today. In 1851, the company was named Friedrich David & Söhne. In the year 1905, the company was transformed into a shareholder company; thus the company name was altered to David Söhne AG. Another name change in 1933 made it Mignon Schokoladenwerke AG and since 1952 it has been known by its current name Halloren.
Its most famous products are the "Halloren-Kugeln", or Halloren globes, which receive their name from the early salters, the "Halloren", whose festive dress has ball-shaped buttons that the chocolates resemble. The brand was especially popular in the former German Democratic Republic and remained popular after reunification. In 2013, the company secured a majority share in the Belgian chocolate producer Bouchard. The factory also features the Halloren Schokoladenmuseum (Halloren Chocolate Museum), which includes exhibits about the history of chocolate, chocolate making equipment, molds, and a view of the factory process. [Kindly borrowed from Halloren on Wiki]
Michal Biron (Israel) joined the GYA as a new member in 2014.
I believe I can summarize my experience as member of the GYA, in the form of two periods. In the first period, running between 2014-2017, I was highly involved with many of the activities of the GYA. For example, I served at the "New Member Election" and the "Funding Review" committees. I was member of a working group (Words of Wisdom). Finally, I was member of the selection committee for the new GYA Managing Director (Beate Wagner). In the second period (2017-2019) my active involvement has somewhat decreased. Reflecting on this shift in my active participation, I see this as a rather natural process – allowing new members to step in to more active positions.
I think the GYA offers many different opportunities for young scholars around the globe. These opportunities are important not only for reaching out and networking with other scholars, but also for initiating, developing and engaging in projects from which the individual member can enjoy (e.g., by means of developing his/her soft and academic skills) and, of course – benefiting the broader young scholar community. For these reasons I encourage my colleagues in different countries to apply for the GYA.
Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to the leading team of the GYA. This wonderful group of highly engaged scholars is doing so much to make GYA members informed and connected, and constantly creates opportunities for everyone to contribute.
Abdalhadi M. Alijla (Sweden) joined the GYA in 2018.
As a professional and researcher in social and political sciences, being part of the Global Young Academy is a novel accomplishment. The experience is a learning process that not only extends my network but also strengthens my personality as a scientist. The GYA provides the possibility to comprehend the perspective of other fields of sciences and share common predicaments and opportunities. One year after being part of GYA, I came to conclude that the more a member is engaged within the work of GYA, the higher his impact on GYA, and at his institute or organization.