Procedures for Travel and Conference Fee Refund
GYA AGM 2017 in Aviemore, Scotland

Note: rules might be subject to change according to the rules of possible additional donor!

General principles

For GYA members the accommodation at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort is included in the conference fee and will be booked for 4 nights (15-19 May, 2017) upon registration. Please make sure to mention different arrival and departure times together with your registration.

Due to limited resources everybody is obliged to raise his or her own funds for travel and registration. You are encouraged to submit an abstract to present at the conference, especially if this allows you to apply for a grant to support attendance at international conferences by local funders in your country.

Those who can prove they were unable to raise sufficient funds for travel and/or registration can apply for co-funding together with the registration and by writing to the GYA office at

Only the cheapest economy class fare is eligible for co-funding. Please note that reimburse-ment is contingent on the availability of funds and we can only provide a partial refund of ticket costs.

The co-funding will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The GYA needs to receive original documentation in order to be able to refund you. The GYA can only refund you after the conference and after having received the required documentation.

Please note co-funding for the registration is only possible up to the twin room rate (330 €), single room registrations will not be co-funded. If you just apply for a conference fee waiver, please document your activities for getting these funds from your university or another local donor. The decision on the conference fee waiver will be taken on a first come first serve basis within a week of your application.


Application for travel co-funding

from IAP funds (and preliminary for other funds)

a) Before you book:

1. If you want to apply to the GYA for travel co-funding please

    1. State your motivation for participating in the GYA AGM (max.200 words based on your own perspectives of GYA goals)
    2. Please provide information about your activities (for new members: interests) within the GYA (short statement is required – max. 100 words)
    3. Provide information and documents regarding your applications to other donors and their results (see registration form)
    4. Indicate the total travel costs incurred (please specify estimated costs for airfare, using lowest cost economy fares, and possible additional costs, and do not forget to indicate the original currency!)
    5. Amount of co-funding requested from the GYA (Please indicate the currency!)

2. Please contact the GYA office at before booking a ticket with the details of the flight you intend to book (including information regarding from where you travel & times, the flight company, and the price of the ticket, currency) and wait for a go ahead from the office. We might have to ask you to book a cheaper flight. Generally, the programme will not be able to co-fund more than 70 % of the flight ticket.

3. Please note that according to applicable German regulations, your flight cannot be reimbursed if your “business travel” (in this case the dates of the AGM, 15 – 19 May) is combined with more than five work days (Mo-Fr) of private stay or stay for another purpose (weekends not counted).


b) Those who already booked their flights:

please contact the GYA office at immediately and send us your flight booking confirmations!

c) At the AGM

4. Please sign a related participant list at the conference and hand in your original ticket invoice as well as the original boarding passes for the flight to Scotland. You also have to hand in your filled-in and signed Reimbursement form AGM 2017 to a designated staff member. In the form please indicate your expenses in the original currency (Please do not convert the costs to EUR/USD yourself) and type your account number, name of your bank and the international bank details (IBAN +SWIFT/BIC/Routing number). Note that handwritten account details may lead to misspellings and cause additional costs. If your bank doesn’t have an IBAN or SWIFT code, we will need the details of a corresponding bank (complete address).

d) After your return

If you didn’t hand in your reimbursement claim at the AGM:

5. Please follow the instructions above and send the original ticket stub and your boarding passes, possible visa costs and train tickets together with the Reimbursement form AGM 2017 to the GYA office: Lukas Bartak, GYA, c/o Leopoldina, Emil-Abderhalden-Straße 37, 06108 Halle (Saale), Germany.

6. Upon receipt of all required documents your partial refund will be transferred to your bank account. In order to speed up refunding you can send us a scanned copy of the required documents by email. Please understand that we still need the original documents in addition. Should we not receive the original documents after having refunded you on the basis of scanned copies, you will have to be excluded from travel refund at the next GYA meeting.

7. Should you be co-funded by a second donor for your travel costs and need the originals for the other donor, please change the related declaration at the end of the reimbursement form “No third party will…” to “A third party contributed with the amount of [AMOUNT; ORIGINAL CURRENCY] to my travel expenses.” and send it to the GYA office together with copies of the travel invoices and the letter from the second donor regarding their funding for you travel.

8. We advise you to submit your AGM 2017 expenses for the reimbursement right after the event. Please note that expenses submitted 6 months after the event will not be accepted.

9. Please be aware that any TAXI costs cannot be reimbursed.