To make the Makerena or not to make the Makerena, that was the question here

On June 22nd we were back again! For the fifth time the “Scientific Crushers” started at this year’s Dragon Boat Festival at the “Blue Wonder” in Dresden and competed against different institutions in Dresden. It was very refreshing to welcome an almost completely new team to the Elbe this year. On Saturday before the actual competition we had the opportunity to train with the team of the sports club. There we received helpful tips, most of which we tried to apply for. We realized how exhausting it can be to keep the rhythm and push the paddle into the water […]

Street Art Tour Dresden Mitte
Event report

Slightly late, due to the holidays, but still an absolutely exclusive tip for all those who couldn’t take part in the last Welcome Center Tour through Friedrichstadt, but are interested in the street art scene of Dresden. Danilo, our tour guide, led us through the whole district and showed us impressive and partly huge murals by the Dresden artist Jens Besser and many other international sprayers. A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space […]

DRESDEN-concept hosts reception for 200 new international scientists

On 12th April, DRESDEN-concept (DDc) hosted its second welcome reception for international scientists who started a research visit at a DDc partner institution within the last year. “Networking at all levels is one of our key strengths. What distinguishes Dresden from many other science locations is the close cooperation between all stakeholders and institutions. This includes the universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions as well as research departments at companies and museums. In many ways, the City of Dresden is enhancing this tight network,” said Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert – host of the international reception for scientists. Prof. […]

Excursion to Bautzen – report

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 […]

Relcoation allowance for (PhD-)students of TU Dresden

Of course there are a thousand good reasons to start a PhD in Dresden. Those PhD students who are also enrolled at the TU Dresden and who moved to Dresden for the first time between last year and today. So if you moved to Dresden for the first time between 01 January – 31 December from another city or abroad, you can apply for a relocation allowance in the following year. The relocation allowance is 150 EUR (as of 2019). The allowance must be applied for personally at the Studentenwerk by 29 March 2019. It is not possible to apply […]

Full scholarship for scientists at risk

Philipp Schwartz Initiative Supports International Researchers in Need for Two Years Already in the fifth call for proposals, universities and research institutions in Germany will have the opportunity to accept endangered (in their home countries) or already fled researchers for 24 months with a full scholarship from the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. The TUD is therefore looking for hosts who can accept scientists. Either they already know these scientists, or they are looking to make themselves available for an already registered endangered scientist as a host. Requirements include a completed doctorate and proof of endangerment. The TU Dresden was successful with […]

Meißen is not only porcelain
Excursion report

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 city. And it was definitely […]

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 […]