Traditionally, all the residents of the IBZ guesthouse gather together once a year to enjoy a summer barbecue in the atrium and garden of the guesthouse. This year’s event took place in August. It is a welcome opportunity for everybody to get to know each other and to chat over a glass of raspberry lemonade. Even though many of the guest researchers live together in one building, their paths do not cross very summer-barbecue-2often in everyday life.

We also had guests from the university’s second guesthouse, which is on Ritterstraße, and invited people from the network “Welcome to Leipzig”. It was an opportunity for everyone to get together, enjoy some grilled meat and tasty vegetarian dishes and discuss living and researching in Leipzig. The guests made friends and established contacts while talking about their home countries and life in Leipzig.

Report by Martha Fromme