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 […]

DRESDEN-concept welcomes 400 international researchers

  On Thursday 11 January 2018 about 400 international researchers and their partners together with professors and colleagues from all DRESDEN-concept institutions gathered at a very special location in Dresden to hear about Dresden research innovations and to link ideas. DRESDEN-concept has invited all those visiting researchers who arrived Dresden since 2016 in order to welcome them at Albertinum, the Galerie Neue Meister, which is the youngest museum of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Professor Hans Müller-Steinhagen, chairman of DRESDEN-concept and rector of TU Dresden, together with Dirk Hilbert, mayor of Dresden, Prof. Marion Ackermann, director general of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden […]

Home-baked cookies for Yongchen
Thanks to wonderful Dresden Christmas Elves

  The first Christmas invitations for our international researchers were accepted and they, as well as the hosts, shared the first impressions with us. On a snowy Sunday Asif visited the Stamm family in Freital for a real Advent afternoon with the traditional Christmas Stollen. They animatedly talked about life in Germany and Pakistan, Asif’s home country, where the young computer scientist is going to spend the Christmas time with his wife. In the early evening the Stamm family invited their guest to the Christmas market in Burgh, where they had mulled wine and hot punch, before Asif travelled back […]

Event report: Hiking with Therése to Papststein

  Once again, in the beautiful autumn season, Therése guided us a hike to Papststein (451 m) in Saxon Switzerland, a table mountain located around four kilometers southeast of Königstein and about three kilometers south of Bad Schandau. A group of 15 international students started a challenging journey from Bad Schandau station crossed down marvelous scenery of traditional village and green field. Sometimes, we took a small break to look the map up just to make sure we were on the right track. The wandering continued with an exciting conversation among us. On the first spot, we stopped in the […]

Newcomer bus tour in sunny autumn

    Our Welcome Bus Tours for newcomers are always a bit risky due to unpredictable weather in April and October – but this time we were really lucky and blessed with a wonderful windy, cloudy and sunny autumn day. After a short walk on campus and quick peeks into lecture halls and historical buildings we took of with more than 30 researchers to a guided city tour – comfy in an historical red bus called IKARUS. Soft chairs, small tables and funny interiours make this bus very special from the inside, but also the appearance of the bus itself […]

Slunečné přivítání ve stověžaté Praze
Welcome to the city of hundred towers Prague

You never know what to expect when planning an excursion in autumn – but as we Germans would say “There will be good weather once you finish your plate!” Definitely we all ate up our first dinner Friday evening at a very typical Czech restaurant “U veverky” close to our hostel. Loads of meat, Czech dumplings and wonderful čaj (Czech tea ;) were put on our tables and filled our empty bellies. Leftover ribs were allocated on other plates – no weather risk was taken. The sun gave us a warm weekend, a tan and 20 smiling faces until Sunday […]