Welcome to Dresden!
Universities, colleges, research institutes and companies involved in research and development can be found in all parts of the city. Short distances foster co-operation and interaction. More than 40,000 young people and postgraduates study in Dresden – a constant stimulus that drives the city. May your research stay in our city become one of the best experiences in your life! Wishing you a great time in Dresden
For a first overview we recommend to have a look at our Welcome Guide.
Who we work for
What our researchers say
I can understand your concerns with respect to living in Dresden as a foreigner. However, I can assure you that Dresden is safe. I stayed in Dresden between April 2012 and October 2012, and I returned to the city in March 2014 with my family. My two children now attend Kindergarten in Dresden. Never once has anyone of us encountered anything of racist or xenophobic nature. Refreshingly, most of the PEGIGA protests are countered by even bigger protests under the banner ‘Dresden for All, All for Dresden.’ I have lived in Berlin and Potsdam for my Masters degree. Apart from the fact that there are more foreigners in Berlin, I see no difference between Dresden and Berlin or Potsdam in terms of how they receive foreigners. Germans are more open-minded than they are made to seem – of course, there are a few extremists, just like you’ll find in any other country! Feel safe and come and enjoy ‘our’ beautiful city.
Benji from GhanaPhD student at Leibniz Institute - IOER
I have been living in Dresden for over 2 years now and have found that the city has lots to offer. Dresden is just the ideal size for a modern city and offers all the amenities that you could ask for, be it healthcare, education or job opportunities. The scientific landscape is exciting and an open mindset of the people implies that there are opportunities to collaborate with people from the different Max Planck Institutes as well the University campus within the city.
Virag from IndiaPost-doc at MPI CBG
A message to our researchers
The research alliance DRESDEN-concept has clearly and unambiguously positioned itself for open-mindedness and tolerance. We are grateful that we, at DRESDEN-concept, learn, teach, work and live together with several thousand international researchers and students to achieve top performances in both research and teaching. Science and knowledge are international and not subject to national, cultural or religious backgrounds! DRESDEN-concept thrives on the interaction between our foreign and German members, who are all a non-negotiable part of our research alliance. We have achieved our aim of making foreign staff and students enthusiastic about their chosen DRESDEN-concept institution, at which they came to work and study. Now I see it as our duty to ensure that they experience Dresden as a charming city and a great place to live. Come and join us, we look forward to seeing you here!- Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Hans Müller-Steinhagen | Chairman of the Executive Board of DRESDEN-concept and Rector of TU Dresden
Where our researchers come from
Friday, 19 April: Rosi’s Rock Idols As a response to their highly successful and well frequented student evening on Mondays, Rosis now has a new weekly event we can all look forward to: Rock Idols. It doesn’t matter if you prefer classic rock or a more modern indie, here at Rosis you will find good music for all tastes. With a repertoire of bands ranging from Queen over to Nirvana and all the way to The Cure and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, you will not be able to sit still. The best part is that the bar does not charge […]
Friday, 12 April: Hotel of the Immigrants (Text taken from the Hellerau website) “Argentina, Argentina – that’s where the Maradona comes from!” That is what the German Jewess Johanna heard when she was in Europe for the first time fifty years after her escape. As popular as Maradona is, the hundreds of thousands of Europeans who found refuge there from the dictatorships and poverty of the last century seem forgotten. The others must flee. That is the current European perception. CapriConnection and the author Anne Jelena Schulte travelled to Argentina to take a different perspective. In poetically condensed texts, they tell […]
Finally March greeted us with a wonderful sunny weekend! A perfect opportunity for our international researchers to explore Dresden’s surroundings! So why not to go on a day trip to Bautzen? Although Bautzen is a small town, it attracts many people with its beautiful medieval atmosphere, nature and unique Sorbian culture. As a hill-top town located on the Spree river it offers amazing views. The inhabitants of Bautzen are very friendly and even at the end of our city tour our city guide gave some of us a little book with winter fairy tales from the region. A motivating present […]