Christmas all over the world – today: Egypt

We have asked some researchers to tell us what Christmas means to them and how they celebrate it at home. This is one answer from Mohammed, which goes along with two recipes – thank you, that sound very yummy! “Lights in the old town; a couple of mulled wine or “Kinderpunsch” glasses while watching puppet theatre, merry-go-round, and the painted wooden fairytale castle; Dresdener Stollen with tea, then passing by the new market to enjoy the medieval atmosphere; and attending the Semper Opera House performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy tale play “Hansel and Gretel” by the famous Brothers Grimm. This is the Christmas charming atmosphere […]

Tips for the upcoming week
7 December – 13 December 2017

Thursday, 7 December: Singing for the Soul (Choir Project) ‘Singing for the Soul’ is a weekly choir project that began on 5 October in Kukulida. Join in as the year comes to an end, this week will be the second to last session of the year! The event description reads as follows: “sessions are open to people of all ages and abilities who are interested in learning songs from around the world and singing together as a group. No previous singing or music experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. The sessions are led by British theatre maker Ellen Muriel […]

Tips for the upcoming week
30 November – 6 December

  ***Special event*** TU Dresden International Christmas Party, Friday 8 December – Get your tickets at the Welcome Center – More information about program and venue here and on Facebook. Thursday, 30 November: 8. Neustädter Gelichter – Christmas at the Scheune This week, Christmas markets are opening everywhere in Dresden and throughout Germany! When walking through the city’s old town, a short walk may lead you to stumble upon more than one market, on the Neustadt side of the river, things aren’t any different! Come and visit this cozy little market right in the middle of the Neustadt, which opens […]

Non-working Buß und Bettag, but only in Saxony!

Public holidays in Germany are not determined at a national level. Each of the 16 federal states is in charge of making its own decisions when it comes to allowing workers to stay home. In contrast to all of the other 15 states in Germany, here in Saxony you are officially not going to work on the Wednesday, 22 November, and here is why you don’t have to get up early: The German Buß- und Bettag stands for the day of repentance and prayer and has its origins in the very human nature of searching for divine intervention during times […]

Newcomer bus tour in sunny autumn

    Our Welcome Bus Tours for newcomers are always a bit risky due to unpredictable weather in April and October – but this time we were really lucky and blessed with a wonderful windy, cloudy and sunny autumn day. After a short walk on campus and quick peeks into lecture halls and historical buildings we took of with more than 30 researchers to a guided city tour – comfy in an historical red bus called IKARUS. Soft chairs, small tables and funny interiours make this bus very special from the inside, but also the appearance of the bus itself […]

Tips for the upcoming week
27 October – 1 November 2017

Please note that Tuesday 31 October is a bank holiday – we have three special tips for you :) Friday, 27 October 2017: Vernissage “The normal man” (exhibition) What is a normal man? What is even a bog-standard man nowadays, when everybody wants to be unique and special, what we are somehow. What do we mean by “normal“? If a man speaks or we speak about men, does he or we use categories such as success, career or sport, and ignore topics such as paternity, failure or relationships? Which old or current stereotypes have remained? For years the male image […]

Slunečné přivítání ve stověžaté Praze
Welcome to the city of hundred towers Prague

You never know what to expect when planning an excursion in autumn – but as we Germans would say “There will be good weather once you finish your plate!” Definitely we all ate up our first dinner Friday evening at a very typical Czech restaurant “U veverky” close to our hostel. Loads of meat, Czech dumplings and wonderful čaj (Czech tea ;) were put on our tables and filled our empty bellies. Leftover ribs were allocated on other plates – no weather risk was taken. The sun gave us a warm weekend, a tan and 20 smiling faces until Sunday […]

Tips for the upcoming week
(19 October – 25 October 2017)

Thursday, 19 October 2017: Leslie Clio (concert) Leslie Clio, one of the rising stars of the genre “Singer-Songwriter” in Germany is coming to Dresden. Nikolai Potthoff produced her first album Gladys, which was released in 2013 and reached number 11 on the German Albums Chart. Her most successful single “I Couldn’t Care Less” appeared in the soundtracks of several movies and brought her the deserved attention as an artist. The following year, Clio was even nominated for Best National Rock/Pop Female Artist at the Echo Music awards. With the support of Lee MacDougall she wants to present her most recent album Purple, which has […]

Off track in the ore mountains
Hiking with Therése

Make hay while the sun shines, especially when it is a warm sunny Sunday in the middle of October. To make most of it, a group of 12 lively internationals followed Therése down the rolling paths of her homeland, the ore mountains. Our hike started at Nassau, a small village in the ore mountains. From here we walked down the gently winding roads, characteristics of the ore mountain, enjoying the green fields. Autumn was at its artistic best and the horizon was made colourful by shades of golden, red and brown on the trees. Conversations flowed easy and jokes were soon being […]

intap boosts your career in Dresden
Kick off meeting

  This Thursday the Welcome Center hosted an event arranged by intap – the international talent project for Dresden. Quickly the places filled up as many international researchers were interested to hear how intap could help their career in the outside-academia world. About 30 international students, PhD students, Postdocs or their partners were listening to Therése Stoll, project manager of intap, and Sarah Kern, HR consultant of Infineon. Work contracts or scholarships can end and it is not always possible to extend them.  Many internationals settled down in Dresden, got familiar with the Saxons and would love to stay here […]