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

On June 22nd it was time 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 to push the paddle into the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]