Registration now open for 2019 Welcome Meeting in Darmstadt, October 11-13

The German Fulbright Alumni Association would like to officially invite you to our annual Welcome Meeting, this year being held in the “Wissenschaftssadt” Darmstadt, October 11-13! How fitting for Fulbrighters like ourselves to come together in a city known for the value it places in research.

(Register here: https://fulbright-alumni.de/events/welcome-meeting-2019/ )

The Welcome Meeting is one of the board’s favorite events, mostly because we get to center it around returning German grantees and current American grantees in Germany. Rumor has it that the Welcome Meeting is one of the best ways to see how you can continue to be a part of an active Fulbright family and stay connected! 😉

2019 will be an exciting year: We’ve opted to once again ask our alumni members from Ellery studio to organize an unConference! What’s more, our inspiringly active Interest Initiative Group, Diversity, has planned a bit of the weekend as well.

(Register here: https://fulbright-alumni.de/events/welcome-meeting-2019/)

General Schedule of Events:

– Friday night kicks off the weekend with a wine reception, where we can mingle and get to know one another.

– Saturday will be a day to be remembered with a great lineup.
A keynote speaker, the unconference and a session organized by our amazing Diversity “thematische Arbeitsgruppe” will be sure to give everyone lots to bond over and talk about at group lunch and dinner. If we’re not too tired, we’ll even see what Darmstadt’s nightlife has to offer!

– Sunday will round out the Welcome Meeting with brunch and sightseeing opportunities before we sadly have to say Auf Wiedersehen!

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Darmstadt and to have a peak into what the Germany Fulbright Alumni Association is all about. Unfortunately, space is limited, so please secure your registration ASAP!

Register here: https://fulbright-alumni.de/events/welcome-meeting-2019/

For any questions, please feel free to contact us here via facebook or email a specific board member for assistance. https://fulbright-alumni.de/board/

We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Your FAeV board

Register here: https://fulbright-alumni.de/events/welcome-meeting-2019/

Call for FRANKly 2019 Cover Photo

Searching for the next FRANKly COVER PHOTO

Do you want to see your work on the front page? We’re looking for a photo for the 2019 FRANKly that embodies the “Electric Engagement” theme. Whether snapping a new shot or rummaging through your old photo albums, use your artistic expression, creativity, and originality to encapsulate whatever electric engagement means to you!
Guidelines 📷
  • Photographs must be:
    • original work
    • high quality (high-resolution)
    • portrait format
  • Maximum of 3 photo submissions per person
Deadline: August 1
Send all submissions to:
editor.frankly@fulbright-alumni.de
with subject line: FRANKly Cover Page

Here is the 2018 FRANKly cover for design reference:

Save the Date: Welcome Meeting 2019

We are happy to announce the date for the 2019 Welcome Meeting.
From October 11th to October 13th, 2019 returnees, U.S.-grantees and “old hands” are gathering in the beautiful city of Darmstadt.

More information about the event will be available in all German Fulbright Facebook groups, on our website and via this newsletter.

Membership in the Fulbright Alumni e.V. is not necessary for participation.

Until then, we wish you a good time and hope to see you in Darmstadt!

Your Fulbright Alumni e.V.

PS: By show of hands, this is how much the participants liked last year’s Welcome Meeting:

Participants of 2018 Welcome Meeting

FRANKly 2019 Call for Articles

The FRANKly is the annual journal of the German Fulbright Alumni Association. In addition to reporting on the regional, national, and international activities of our association, the publication serves as a platform for current Fulbrighters and alumni to share their fascinating experiences, witty opinions, unique perspectives, and thoughtful insights.

A new year, a new FRANKly! The 2019 Call for Articles is here and we are thrilled to announce this year’s theme:

Electric Engagement

What electrifies YOU? What are you passionate about? What is the electricity in your life; in society; in culture? We want to hear about it!

Electricity is the presence and flow of electric charge. Using electricity we can transfer energy in ways that allow us to perform common, everyday tasks. Similarly, Fulbright is all about working together to accomplish positive change and to make our goals become reality. At Fulbright events where current grantees, alumni, and friends are all eager to network, share their ideas, and to learn from one another, the electricity in the room is palpable.

The FRANKly 2019 welcomes contributions that focus on the electrifying factors in your life – how you are fueled by positive energy or how you combat negative charges that cross your path – as well as those that focus on active engagement in research or projects in the tech-industry for which electricity literally plays an integral role. Articles that exhibit a connection with the Fulbright Program, the German Fulbright Alumni Association (F.A.e.V.), or the network of Fulbright Alumni Associations across the globe are always encouraged.

When submitting your article, please provide 2-3 sentences about yourself and a headshot. Authors are encouraged to submit images (3-6 images total) that support their article. Every photograph must include the photographer’s name and a caption. Articles may range in length from 3,000-12,000 characters (including spaces) and should be written in American English.

The deadline for submissions is June 2, 2019. Please send all questions, ideas, and contributions to Anna Irvine (Editor, F.A.e.V. FRANKly) via email at editor.frankly@fulbright-alumni.de. I look forward to your articles!

LGBTQ* Hockey Club from London wins Mulert Award 2019

So gay! Who has not heard homophobic remarks used as an insult in sports? Even today, even in Western Europe, many lesbian, gay, bi and trans people have negative experiences in sport—from bullying in school, to coming across anti-LGBTQ* language down the pub, on social media, on or off the pitch. They can feel that they are not welcome and that sport is not a safe place for them to be.

In 2005, my now wife Karen Ruddock together with a friend, Stephen Park, started the London Royals Hockey Club. They wanted to create a community and inclusive space where people from different backgrounds could come together and find friends, fun and support. A club open to ALL, not just the LGBTQ* community, to all abilities and regardless of background.

The London Royals Hockey Club today is a community of over 350 players who are active on a monthly basis plus many more who have since moved away from London and all over the world and still feel part of the family and join occasionally for tours or events. Some even started their own inclusive clubs.

We particularly welcome complete beginners and we have a hardship fund in place so that anyone who wants to play can play. We provide a supportive environment, to inspire confidence and where everyone feels welcome. Mixed games and socials are at the very core of the club. Inclusivity has also made us exceptionally diverse in age (currently from 20 to 65) and ethnicity, and our members come from all over the world. This club is a family for many, for those that are rejected, for those that feel like they don’t fit, for those who just want to play sports and make friends.

Refugee-Project from Berlin wins the 2018 Mulert Award

The German Fulbright Alumni Association is proud to announce that this year’s Jürgen Mulert Award on Mutual Understanding is bestowed to the project “Mit Mach Musik”. Bridget Kinneary, Fulbright alumni from the United States now based in Berlin and music director of the project is presented with the Mulert Award for her courage and vision of supporting refugee children in Berlin and developing intercultural understanding. Read more.