A spontaneous Excursion to Freiberg

Our plan was to go to the Ore Mountains, but due to the weather we changed it. Hiking and rain is not a good combination. But it turned out to be a nice trip nevertheless, because we chose to go to Freiberg instead and the trip turned into one amongst my unforgettable moments. We went to Freudenstein Palace in Freiberg with our amicable tour guide Therése Stoll. Freiberg is known as a mining city and Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg is considered as the oldest university of mining and metallurgy in the world. It took 40 minutes to travel from Dresden […]

Palais, Potluck and a Party

  It’s summer, the sun is (mostly) shining and the weather is (mostly) warm – which makes this time of year perfect to come together, enjoy good food and even better company. If we are honest, we have to admit that the Welcome Center has never had the best of luck with outdoor events. The weather often fits the German stereotype of providing little sunshine and lots of rain. This time, though, we were lucky! On Thursday we all met in the Palais Garden of the Japanese Palais near the river Elbe, had a potluck picnic, shared stories with each other […]

Scientific Crushers
We conquered the river Elbe. Again!

For the third time in a row, international scientists from Dresden CONCEPT e.V. research institutes competed in the annual dragon boat race during the Elbhangfestival in Loschwitz. Also this year, our 21 crew members came from more than 14 nations from all around the globe. Our quest started already 2 weeks before with a first training session. There we learned the basics of how to handle this about 10 meter long ‘dragon’, which is more difficult than expected. With tired arms and some muscle pain, we were confident and excited for the real race afterwards. And finally, las Saturday afternoon, […]

Event report: There’s no need to be a-shame-d

Rainy weekends are perfect for a trip to the museum and our trip to the “Deutsches Hygienemuseum” (German Hygiene Muesum) fit the weather cliché perfectly. However, instead of being boring – another well-known stereotype about museums – this exhibition was interesting and a lot of fun. And it was even more fun because our guide is an old friend. Michel, who some of you might still know, was a student assistant here at the Welcome Center for many years, helping in finding flats and organizing excursions for you. And it might have been his first tour as a guide, but […]

From the lab to the opera: Suit up!

Last Saturday: Showtime! One of highest number of participants so far, 40 researchers in total, joined us to see the world-famous story of “Romeo and Juliet” in its ballet version at Semperopera in Dresden. Meeting outside in the freezing cold was indeed a challenge, even more so because most of us didn’t wear snow boots but formal attire. But after an hour we occupied our seats in the first rows and saw a really modern interpretation of the old story about love and hostility. We all appreciated the music from Sergej Prokofjew and the choreography of Stijn Celis. The experts among […]

Winter Wonderland Saxony: Our Trip with Therése

On 8 January, a group of 16 PhD researchers went to see the International Bobsleigh World Cup competition, which happened to be a fun day-trip in Altenberg. The group, accompanied by our volunteer Therése , proved neither to be afraid of the cold, nor of radical sports in the snow. One of the researchers, Sujay, kindly wrote a short commentary on the event, which we would like to share with you all: ‘The group saw the competition live and cheered when Johannes Lochner of Germany celebrated his first World Cup Victory in the four-man bobsleigh world cup. A mild snowfall […]

Food, Music and two Movies: The Christmas Party

On Sunday, 11 December, we had our Christmas party at Thalia cinema in the Neustadt. Many people came and brought snacks from all over the world. Hungarian gingerbread, filled wine leaves from Egypt, a Colombian dessert and more delicacies were spread on the bar. It was nearly impossible to try everything! But it was time to talk about different Christmas traditions and to find out how our international researchers spend their own Christmas this year. Talking and eating were of course not the only activities that we planned for our party. A quiz about Christmas in Germany was solved by […]

Impressions of a Day Trip: Freiberg and Seiffen

Last week, a group of researchers met in the early hours of the morning for what would be a full day of tourism in Freiberg and Seiffen, two cities which are not too far from Dresden. The fun began when we met our guide and our driver who happened to be very enthusiastic people. The day was pretty cold, so much so that if hadn’t it been for our guide’s joy and radiation we all would have probably just slept throughout the whole bus trip to Freiberg. Luckily, we barely noticed the bad weather outside, as we were amused by […]

Wandering through Magic City

“You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.” – Italo Calvino Weather gets colder every day, jackets thicker. So we decided not to torture you ones more with an excursion outside in the cold and went to discover the most extraordinary exhibition in town at the moment. Magic City is an artistic place built up in the industrial area and gave us the chance to see Street Art in all its aspects. Our guide, clearly one of the more original characters living in the area “Neustadt”, […]

A Tour for the Newcomers – with the Polar Express

It has become a tradition in the TUD Welcome Center that, twice a year, we welcome the newly arrived researchers with a special event: The Bus Tour – followed by our Regular’s Table where newcomers and those who have lived in Dresden for a while can meet. Last week, our latest Bus Tour took place – this time with the addition of what already felt like arctic temperatures. As we started on foot with our tour guide Günter Kieb, we slowly realized that summer is definitely over and that warmer jackets are indeed necessary. But Mr. Kieb made sure we […]