Network meeting 2017

On January 18, the network members gathered in the cultural centre „Moritzbastei“ to bring themselves up to date about the most recent developments within the project “Welcome to Leipzig”.

The event started with a review about the results of the project year 2016, e.g. the launch of the new web platform (which you are visiting right now), the organization of several events (cultural workshops, an international summer party etc.) and the translation of many documents into English for the project partners.

In the following, different stakeholders gave short presentations on the situation of refugees in Leipzig, the plans for a new welcome centre lead by the City of Leipzig, the current Resident Registration Act and on pensions for international researchers.

Later on, the guests had the possibility of getting to know each other better over a cup of coffee and some snacks and to inform themselves about different topics at information desks.

Overall, it was a fruitful afternoon and a good start of the new project year 2017.

Christmas and St. Nikolas

Christmas and St Nicholas

December 6, 2016 was the date of the Christmas-get-together at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ. International scientists and their families had the chance to learn everything important to know about St Nicholas and to meet him in person. A mix of international food specialties was served, combined with music from the UFZ choir and some fun games.

On December 16, 2016 the residents of the Guest-House Werner-Heisenberg celebrated their Christmas party. The afternoon started with a cozy get together with typical Christmas Stollen, tea and coffee followed by singing of typical Christmas songs, sung in the individual language. Later a short visit from the North Pole the kids got their presents from Santa Claus in exchange for another Christmas Song. The highlight of the Christmas Party was a traditional German christmas dinner consisting of goose, red cabbage and dumplings.

Report by Daniel Amman

by Steffen Junghans

Titanic Exhibition at Asisi Panometer Leipzig opens in January

We would like to invite you the new exhibition  at Panometer Leipzig – Titanic.

The focus of TITANIC is less on the actual disaster of 1912 than it is on the sinking of the passenger liner as an example of the hubris of man, who attempts and invariably fails to dominate nature with his creative efforts.

The observer is treated to a view of the shipwreck some 3800 metres below sea level. Artificial lighting allows visitors to discover the tragic proportions of this disaster. Recognisable are both the wreck, broken into two pieces and the vast amount of everyday items, technical equipment and luggage surrounding it.

This project is currently in planning and will open at Leipzig’s Panometer in January 2017.

For more information see here.


blog title photo by Steffen Junghans

New series of intercultural competence trainings in November

3rd annual transnational intercultural competence training for staff of public authorities, institutions and administrative facilities in Leipzig

On November 23, 2016 the project team invited employees of public administration for a workshop held by two professional intercultural trainers. The goal of the seminar was to help dealing with misunderstandings while working with people from different cultures and exchange experiences. The training also included the sensitization for typical German communication and behavioral pattern in comparison to other cultural patterns. The workshop was fully booked with employees from iDiv, Human Resources Department of the university, Foreigner’s Authority, Resident Services Office and Leipzig Help Desk.

One week later, on November 30, 2016 part two of the seminar took place: the country-specific Intercultural training „Nations, cultures and regions at a glance“. Focus was the training of a sensitive handling of intercultural clients and information about regions and culture-specific background.

The participants praised the efficient and helpful seminar. The project team looks forward to the 4th edition of the trainings in 2017.

SIGHARD GILLE exhibition at Leipzig Museum of the Fine Arts

October 30, 2016 – January 22, 2017

Beginning in autumn 2016, the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts will proudly present the first comprehensive retrospective on the painted oeuvre of Sighard Gille (*1941 Eilenburg). It will show around seventy paintings from the late 1960s to the present day. A complete catalogue raisonné of his paintings will be published to mark the exhibition.

© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017