Meißen is not only porcelain
Excursion report

Meißen’s village character<br>below the castle<br> The “cradle of Saxony”, home to Germany’s oldest castle as well as toone of the world’s most famous porcelain factories: all of these define the   sweet little city of Meißen, standing on the banks of the Elbe river not so far from Dresden. So as to discover a bit more of this wonderful town, a group of researchers travelled over with the S-Bahn along withKaterina. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate as much with a light rain accompanying the researchers. However, that was not enough to put out the group’s curiosity to explore Dresden’s neighboring […]

My dog called Genau
A personal story by Luciano

I have always been a “dog” person. During my entire life, which is lasting 41 years so far, I have always had a dog on my side, except for two relatively short periods oftime: 1 year that I lived in USA when I was a teenager and 2 years that I have recently lived in Dresden, Germany. I would like to talk a bit about this second period. In 2013, I realized that I needed a fresh start in my research and I decided to apply for a guest research position at the Vodafone Chair, hosted by TU Dresden. At […]

Event Report on Weimar
(19 – 21 October 2018)

How do 17 researchers from all over the world get in touch with German culture for just one weekend? Right, when they go on a trip to Weimar, known as the centre of high culture in Germany. Located in the state of Thuringia, the city is known for its great cultural heritage and important personalities in literature, architecture and art. Every German student has met him at least once in class: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Nothing was therefore more obvious than a visit to the Goethe National Museum, where we learned a lot about the most important writer of German […]

What’s On in Dresden
7 September – 13 September

Friday 7-9 September: Hochlandfest ‘Hochlandfest’ is an three-day festival for music and entertainment. The festival in Dresden-Weißig is takes place for 22nd time. It is organized by local people and NGO’s, whom’s backyards are also open to the visitors of the festival. The slogan of this year is ‘’Do you have some sounds?’’, which is promising a big variety of musical performances – guitar performances, rock music and comedy shows on three different stages. Local craftspeople will present their handicrafts. For small children there will be magic shows and fairytales. This is an opportunity to get in touch with traditional German […]

The glorious Scientific Crushers hit the dragon!
Our team placed third in Hochschul-Cup 2018

  “SCIENCE PEOPLE, PADDLE PEOPLE” was shouted out loudly at the riverside last Sunday, when 19 paddlers from 16 different countries climbed their dragon boat three times to race against students and researchers from different universities in the Hochschul Cup. The Welcome Center has organized international dragon boats in the annual dragon boat festivals since 2015 – but we didn’t win a race before. We’re happy to claim a podium finish at the annual dragon boat cup this year … and finally got an ice cake! Two trainings before the actual race helped everyone to achive a place on the […]

Excusion to Wroclaw – the place to be!

Can you think of a reason why 16 researchers would voluntarily spend almost 3,5 hours in a crowded train with no functioning air condition on a Friday evening? We can! From 9 – 10 June  we went on a trip to the fascinating city of Wroclaw. Wroclaw is the fourth biggest city in Poland and is especially famous as it can both offer a historic city centre as well as several cultural hot spots and a vibrant nightlife due to numerous students living in this town.   In order to get to know the interesting sights and stories to the […]

Event report: Berlin – Off the beaten tracks

Last weekend, a group of young and adventurous researchers joined an “off the beaten track” excursion to Berlin, far from the typical tourist attractions and well-known landmarks. Accordingly, we received a detailed insight on Berlin’s fascinating street art by an authentic and local guide who told us numerous fun and mesmerizing anecdotes about the artists who are secretly working on the streets of Berlin. Sun-tanned due to the wonderful weather, we visited the Asisi Panometer afterwards, in which we received an impression of the daily life in the divided city during the GDR-times. The artist created the feeling of sitting […]

Excursion to the memorial “Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße”

There’s almost no corner in Dresden where you wouldn’t stumble over an astonishing piece of history. On our tour last Saturday we went a little off the beaten track and visited the memorial “Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße”, a prison of the “Staatsicherheit”, the official state security service during the former GDR era. It was used to imprison political opponents who criticized the system and was repurposed into a memorial space to inform people about the happenings. Our guide, a time witness was able to give us a deep insight into the prisoners daily life and didn’t spare any details about the […]

Tips for the upcoming Week
23 February – 1 March 2018

Friday, 23 February: Intercultural DIY Workshop Making things by yourself is a current trend which helps not only the environment but also your wallet. Although it may seem as though some everyday products are difficult to make at home, this workshop from the organization “Cambio” is here to show you just how easy it is to make things at home. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find this event earlier, as it first began in January and has already handled themes such as cooking and knitting. This week features the second workshop regarding cosmetic and hygiene articles, while next week will […]

Tips for the upcoming week
16 – 22 February 2018

Friday, 16 February: Keegan McInroe & Friends (Concert) The charismatic and exceptional Texan singer and songwriter Keegan McInroe will this year once more make a stop in Dresden during his European tour. The band led by McInroe is composed by 6 other members, playing the guitar, keyboard, harp, bass and drums. Known for his striking bourbon polished voice, he brings together classic protest songs with blues. Accompanied by other talented musicians, get ready for a night along the entire jazz and folk spectrum, with songs ranging from acoustic ballads all the way to wild electronic bluesrock. Without a doubt this […]