What is ...
... the FMF?
The FMF is the study association for Physics, Mathematics and
Applied Mathematics, as well as Applied Physics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence
and Astronomy. She's founded with the goal of bringing students of the FSE closer
together, whether for the general improvement of the education, or social fraternization.
You may know the FMF from events such as the physics and mathematics alumni days, the
board games evenings, the catch up-sessions for Bachelor's students, the annual barbecue,
and so forth.
... the GBE?
The "Grote Buitenlandse Excursie" (GBE; EN: Big Foreign
Excursion) is a biannual excursion to somewhere outside of Europe. For approximately three
weeks, the excursion takes you to see the state of academia and business in some country
or countries, touching upon all the areas of the FMF as much as we can. As such, the scope
of visits is very broad: from university buildings to nuclear accelerators and telescopes
to offices. To get a taste of what happens on a GBE, you can take a look at the reports of
previous years, for instance when they went to Japan in 2017, Singapore and Indonesia in
2015 and South Africa in 2013.
... the Stichting GBE-FMF?
The Sitching GBE-FMF is the organ that oversees the hosting and
execution of the excursion. They're there to provide a critical voice to the committee's
decisions, so as to steer her to host a more robust excursion, financially speaking and
otherwise. Since the committee hosts the excursion in the name of the Stichting -- just as
an FMF committee hosts events in the name of the FMF board, if you're familiar with that
construction -- on formal documents you will notice them listed instead of the committee.
However, as participant, they should be invisible to you -- they work purely behind the
scenes. If at any point you do find a decision of the committee to be significantly
objectionable, though, you may always appeal to the Stichting at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
... Lejano '19?
That's us, the excursion to Chile and Argentina in 2019 --
hello there! We're planning to visit at least the countries' capitals of Santiago and
Buenos Aires, but we're working on visiting so many more places than just those two.
Besides all the academia- and business-related activities, there'll be enough free time to
explore the cities, see the beautiful nature or simply have a great time with your fellow
students. All the reasons in the world to go!