Dresden is famous for its many cultural highlights and a beautiful surrounding - no wonder that it is one of the top places in Germany for short city trips. Of course, you know the world-renowned Semperoper and the many unique museums - but did you know that the famous two angels you see everywhere are just the lower part of Raffael's Sistine Madonna, shown at the Old Masters Picture Gallery in Dresden?
Things like these are part of the cultural heritage of this city - and approximately 500,000 inhabitants are very proud to live here. They are connected to their glorious past as well as working to build the future. Two of the key technologies of the 21st century, nanotechnology and biotechnology, together with microelectronics make up the city's future-oriented fields of competence. EADS, the world's leading aerospace company, made Dresden into a competence centre for converting Airbus passenger aircrafts into freighters. With seven universities, four Leibniz Institutes, three Max-Planck Institutes and nine Fraunhofer Institutes, Dresden has a high density of research facilities. The intensive co-operation between commerce and science provide many points of contact for conferences and congresses.
The conference venue TU Dresden Auditorium Centre is situated near the heart of the city. It can easily be reached: The airport is less than 30 minutes by train, the nearest train station is just 10 minutes by public transport, which in Dresden is fast, reliable and offers reasonable tickets. After the colloquium, you can walk through the historic city center to enjoy places like the Zwinger. It was initially planned to be a gigantic building stretching up to the river Elbe. Although the plan was not completely realized, with its four rectangular and two round pavilions, the Zwinger is still a masterpiece of the baroque era. Someone called the Zwinger ”A caprice of carnival of architecture”! A walk through the city shows why Dresden is often called “Florence of the North” - a kind of mediterranean easiness is in the air, when you walk from the (catholic) cathedral, along the 330 feet long "procession of princes" made with 24,000 tiles by the royal porcelain manufacturer in Meissen, to the (protestant) Church of Our Lady.