Welcome Center Newsletter October 2018

Early morning in Saxon Switzerland (Photo: C. Reichert)

Dear international researcher,

As the days get colder, it gets really exciting again at the Welcome Center. During these weeks, many new international researchers arrive with their families and face all the challenges that one experiences in a new city/country. Our language courses for over one hundred doctoral and post-doctoral students have also started. For all the new guests and also for those who have been in Dresden for a while, we have new offers ready. How about a day trip to Meißen or a city tour with Dresden’s nicest city guide? Whatever you do, enjoy it. For important questions, the Welcome Center team is currently available from Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at other times by appointment. Already today you can note the date for our annual Potluck-Christmas party in your calendar: Saturday 1st December at the Thalia Kino on Görlitzer Straße. Your Welcome Center team


How to get get German citizenship Tuesday, 6 November at 4.00 p.m. (MPI-CBG, Auditorium) After 2 years we are happy that Mrs. Gräfe, Head of the Department for German citizenship of the Immigration Office Dresden will give her talk on how to get German citizenship once again. She will also take some time afterwards and answer personal questions. As one of the crucial points to get German citizenship is the ability to speak German Mrs. Gräfe will hold the presentation in German. Thanks to Brian from our PhD office we will manage to give you some immediate translations in case you do not understand enough. Among other things it will provide Information about the following questions: – Who is eligible? – How can I apply? – Can I have dual citizenship? – What about the test? – What about children? – Do I have to give up my own nationality? If you cannot attend you are welcome to send me your questions beforehand. You are welcome to distribute the information to your spouses or colleagues from other institutes as well.


Campaign Launch (Intap) 8 November 2018: Local companies meet international talents in Dresden Campaign Launch – Interactive Discussion – Networking

Since August we have been working on a large-scale campaign to increase the visibility of international academics and researchers in Dresden. We cordially invite you to our campaign launch of “My Talent is Your Success – Career Paths of International Talents in Dresden” on 8 November from 5 p.m. (admission 4.30 p.m.) in the Dülfersaal of the TU Dresden. Look forward to expressive picture and video art, keynotes by Prof. Frank Fitzek and others, an interactive discussion with internationals and companies and networking. Here´s what you can expect:

All participants can get in touch with each other at the get-together. COMPANIES can present themselves in their own industry corners. Drinks and snacks will be provided. The event will be held in English.

When: 8 November 2018, 4.30 p.m. Where: Dülfersaal, TU Dresden Register: www.eventbrite.de Share on Facebook


Photo: MD – Thank you!

Guided Tour (Welcome Center)

10 November 2018: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Dresden – Walking Tour of the Historical City Centre (PhD students & PostDocs only) Dresden – a city of culture and innovation built on a swampy landscape. During our walk, we will learn about some of the important historical events and personalities that have shaped Dresden and its citizens in a history spanning more than 800 years. From the Reformation, through the city’s rise to one of Europe’s most important royal residences, and on to its significance as a cultural and industrial centre in the 19th century, Dresden remained an open and popular destination for international artists, scholars and entrepreneurs until its near-total destruction during the Second World War. In the years following the war, the city experienced further hardship within the GDR, yet continued to survive and develop, sustained by its long tradition as a city of music, fine arts and scientific innovation. In 1990, the reunification of Germany brought new opportunities and challenges for Dresden, creating another wave of transformation in its turbulent history. If you have recently arrived in Dresden and would like to discover the stories behind the grand buildings and public squares of your new home, or if you simply have questions you’d like to ask about the city, then why not join this tour? Date: Saturday, 10 November, 2018 Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Duration: approx. 3 hours Meeting point: Altmarkt in front of the Kreuzkirche Tour Guide: Laura Park Registration: Please register latest until Friday 9 November online via www.ddcwelcome.de/home/events


Photo: Andreas Mühe © Semperoper Dresden

Upcoming event (Welcome Center)

16 November 2018: “Labyrinth” at Semper Opera, by George Balanchin/ Martha Graham/ Ohad Naharin/ Joseph Hernandez (PhD students and PostDocs only) »Labyrinth« unites four different perspectives on the maze of human passions, temperaments, fantasies and emotions. Following George Balanchine’s work »The Four Temperaments«, an examination of the medieval concept of man’s four humours, Martha Graham vividly exposes the path into the labyrinth (»Errand into the Maze«) of human emotions and fears. Ohad Naharin, on the other hand, dedicates himself to the underlying archaic structures of human feeling in »Black Milk«, before Joseph Hernandez’s latest work creates a vision of a new world. (four-part ballet evening) Date: Thursday, 16 November 2018 Time: 6:15 p.m. Duration: 3h Meeting point: Statue in front of the Semper opera Costs: €10 Registration: Please register latest until Friday 9 November online via www.ddcwelcome.de/home/events


Photo: C. Reichert

Excursion (Welcome Center)

2 December 2018: Winter excursion to Meißen (students & PostDocs only) Meissen, hometown of the famous porcelain and good wine. But did you know that the first Saint of Saxony also lived there? Would you like to experience the winter atmosphere at the Meissen Christmas Market and the scent of cinnamon, Christmas cookies and mulled wine on the street? Meissen is always worth a visit. The view of the city and the Elbe from Albrechtsburg Castle is spectacular. So is a tour of the historic city. You can already register now, information about departure and costs (less than 5 €) will be sent to you soon. When: Sunday, December 2, 2018 (late morning, tbc) Fee: 2 EUR (to be paid on site) Registration: Please register latest until Thursday 29 November online via www.ddcwelcome.de/home/events  


Christmas Elves 2018 (Welcome Center)

7 December 2018 till 6 January 2019: Dresden Families invite international researchers and their families into their homes (open to everyone) Christmas is a time to celebrate and to be together. As a very personal Christmas tradition, the DRESDEN-concept Welcome Center at TU Dresden invites German families to share the spirit of Christmas with international researchers. As hosts, German families show international researchers and their families and friends how this special time is celebrated in Germany and Dresden. Together they bake biscuits, enjoy mulled wine, sing Christmas carols or visit a Christmas market. In return, the researchers give them an insight into their own culture, tell them about their traditions or their special holidays and perhaps even surprise the hosts with some traditional dishes. And don’t be afraid of language barriers. The less both sides speak each other’s languages, the more hands and feet you use and the more fun it will be ;)

The invitations will take place between 7 December 2018 and 6 Januar 2019.

Registration and impressions from the last years: https://ddcwelcome.de/christmas2018


TU Dresden X-mas Party (TUD Kulturbüro)

On 7 December, the Hörsaalzentrum at Bergstrasse 64 will be transformed into a colourful Christmas world from the foyer to the Audimax, thanks to many international Christmas elves. The evening begins at 6.30 p.m. with an international Christmas market and exotic food & music. From 8 p.m. a colourful cultural programme with contributions from all over the world awaits you. Afterwards DJ Noxe provides until late into the night for lasting party feeling. Tickets in advance: 2 Euro (from 5 November 2018 during opening hours at the Cultural Office at the International Office and at other VVK offices – see their website) Box office: 3 Euro A few tickets are also available at the DRESDEN-concept Welcome Center! Christmas party website: https://tu-dresden.de/xmas Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/221939098586234 P.S.: Already thinking about 2019! Get your annual planner (poster A1) at the Kulturbüro for business and private use! Remaining copies can be bought at the Christmas party. A preview can be found at www.tu-dresden.de/kultur.


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