Welcome Center Newsletter
December 2018

Dear international researcher,

This is the last newsletter for the year 2018, we are all looking forward to the Christmas holidays! The Welcome Center will be closed from 22 Dec 2018, we are here again for you from 7 Jan 2019.
An eventful year full of farewell and welcome lies behind us. More than 200 scientists from abroad and their families arrived this year. My special thanks go to the team that prepares research stays with great reliability, looks for apartments, organizes excursions and language courses and always has an open ear for the little needs. You are simply great!

In this newsletter we have two events for you in January so that you can start the new year with us :) Next year you can expect a tour through the garden city Hellerau, a trip to Bautzen, a weekend in Hamburg, a day in Stolpen, as a special highlight an open air performance of an opera at a very special place in Rathen and much more. We will also continue to offer new German courses for both absolute beginners and advanced learners. So stay tuned!

Claudia & the Welcome Center team

Listen around! 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. If you know someone who needs this support, please contact us. Requirements are a completed doctorate, proof of endangerment and a host institution at the university.

Read more: https://ddcwelcome.de/full-scholarship-for-scientists-at-risk

Loubna’s Tour: “The Freedom of Dissidents”
19 January 2019
TOUR WILL BE IN GERMAN with English translator
(PhD students and PostDocs only)

After exploring the city center and the Christmas markets of Dresden with Laura Park, in January we will be walking from the Elbe over the Albertplatz through the lively Dresden Neustadt with Loubna.
Loubna has lived in Dresden since 2015 and is committed to successful coexistence in a diverse, democratic society. Her tour through the Neustadt takes her to places of political action and remembrance in Germany, where she also will tell us about her own political identity in her old and new homeland. She will show us alternative clubs that build bridges between old-established and new Dresden women, clear up prejudices about “the” Arab woman, and explains what bicycles have to do with emancipation.

Date: Saturday, 19 January 2019
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Duration: approx. 2 h
Meeting point: Rosa-Luxemburg-Denkmal (memorial at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 01099 Dresden, Innere Neustadt)
Fee: 6 €
Registration: https://ddcwelcome.de/home/events/

Photo © querstadtein/Valeska Hoischen

“The Great Gatsby” at Theaterhaus Rudi
31 January 2019
(open to everyone)

Loud jazz, affordable alcohol and pompous parties – in the middle of the 1920s one name is on everyone’s lips: Gatsby.
Nobody knows who the charming billionaire is or where he comes from but being part of his festivities is part of the daily life of
every New Yorker. The young stockbroker Nick Carraway soon finds himself at one of these revelries and discovers that there
is a deep secret behind the glamorous façade.

Date: 31 January 2018
Time: 7.15 p.m. at the theatre
Fee: 8 EUR (regular), 5 EUR (reduced e.g. for students) – to be paid on site
Register here: https://ddcwelcome.de/events/

Find your Pension – Talk on the German and European Pension schemes
(for  PhD-students and PostDocs only)

As an internationally mobile researcher, you may have wondered what will happen when you retire and what pension benefits you can expect.

You may be aware that every researcher with an employment contract pays contributions to the German Pension Insurance (DRV). In addition to the DRV, all TUD employees are insured in the VBL (Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder).

We have invited experts to explain to you how you can claim your retirement pension and whether you are entitled to it when you leave the country.

If these terms sound somewhat confusing, if you have questions about how you can get the most out of your pension contributions or if you would like general information on how to retire, then this event is just the thing for you!

Date: 14 March 2019
Time: 4.00 – 7.00 p.m.
Location: TU Dresden, Dülfersaal, Mommsenstraße 13, 1st floor, 01069 Dresden
Please register here: https://ddcwelcome.de/home/events/

EURAXESS – a service for mobile researcher

Did you ever come across the EURAXESS network? If not, make sure you check this out!
EURAXESS provides information and assistance to mobile researchers – by means of a portal and with the support of our national EURAXESS Centres.
This portal contains practical information concerning professional and daily life in Germany, as well as information on job and funding opportunities.
All services of the EURAXESS Network are free of charge.

More information: www.euraxess.de



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