Welcome to Dresden!

Building of the TU Dresden.
© Jürgen Lösel (DML-BY-NC)
Building of the TU Dresden.
Pre-Christmas season in Dresden.
© Jörg Schöner / Stiftung Frauenkirche
Pre-Christmas season in Dresden.

Frauenkirche, Zwinger, Semperoper, Elbe, a varied offering of museums and theatres – this is what makes Dresden one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. Dresden is one of the truly great cities of art and culture thanks in no small part to the prince-electors and kings of Saxony, their desire to assert their prowess on the European scene and their passion for collecting.

The city boasts more than 50 museums and at least 30 theatrical venues. The 14 constituent museums and galleries of the Dresden State Art Collections make it one of the most important such groupings in the world. Based at the Semperoper, the Sächsische Staatskapelle ranks among the world’s top classical orchestras.

The cosmopolitan character of Dresden is immediately apparent from the many different languages that can be heard in public places, especially at the universities and the various research institutions. There are over 40 research institutions in the city, and all four major German research organizations have facilities here. Furthermore, the Saxon capital is a major hub for microelectronics, ICT, nanotechnology as well as in the pioneering research fields of new materials, life sciences and biotechnology.

In addition to ten thematically very different Christmas markets, the famous since 1434 Striezelmarkt invites you to enjoy and marvel. The traditional pastry, the Dresden Christstollen®, which is also called “Striezel” is here the name-giver of the oldest Christmas market in Germany.

Conference Location

November 30 – Dezember 1, 2023

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden

© Oliver Killig
Forecourt of the German Hygiene Museum.
Great hall of the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum.
© Oliver Killig
Great hall of the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum.

The Deutsches Hygiene-Museum is a public forum for current issues arising from the revolutions in science, culture and politics that are reshaping our society in the early 21st century. In addition to the exhibition programme, the Museum organizes numerous events with renowned guests, including lectures, discussions, readings and conferences. In its highly acclaimed special exhibitions, the Museum addresses issues in culture and society, science and the arts.

The Hygiene-Museum has always been a nationally known, popular venue for events in Dresden. In keeping with this tradition, the museum serves as a conference center, offering seminar rooms and auditoriums to seat up to 600, with a full range of up-to-date equipment. The adjacent terrace and courtyard of the museum building can also be used for events.

Open Lab @Fraunhofer IWS

November 29, 2023

Join the Tour on Our Premises

Fraunhofer IWS Dresden main building.
© Martin Förster
Fraunhofer IWS Dresden main building.
Drone view of the Fraunhofer Campus Dresden.
© Fraunhofer IWS
Drone view of the Fraunhofer Campus Dresden.

Fraunhofer IWS develops complex system solutions in materials and laser technology. We develop customized solutions based on laser applications, functionalized surfaces as well as material and process innovations. Our research focuses on aerospace, energy and environmental technology, automotive, medical and mechanical engineering, toolmaking, electrical engineering and microelectronics, and photonics and optics sectors. 

Join the Open Lab @Fraunhofer IWS at the eve of the conference. We will open our doors to demonstrate recent research activities in the field of laser, surface technology and additive manufacturing. Take the advantage of an individual tour through our labs and experience live demonstrations and latest system technology. 

Your Travel to Dresden

General Travel Directions

Dresden is located in the heart of Europe, providing convenient domestic and international travel connections by car, plane, train, and long-distance coach. Fast ICE services call at both of the city’s long-distance train stations, Dresden Main Station and Dresden Neustadt.

You can find general travel directions here


Public Transport 

Dresden’s public transport network is comprehensive, reasonably priced, and accessible with a seamless network of trams, S-Bahn trains and busses getting you from A to B every 10 minutes during daytime. Tickets are available at many stops, on board of the trams and S-Bahn trains or via the DVB mobile app. The latter also provides timetables, real-time departures, disruption reports and an interactive map.

Transport company of the city of Dresden: DVB | Public Transport Service


How to Reach the Venues via Public Transport:

The conference location Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden can be reached via the station Deutsches Hygiene-Museum (tram lines 1, 2, 4 and 12) as well as via station Georg-Arnhold-Bad / Deutsches Hygiene-Museum (tram lines 10 and 13).

Fraunhofer IWS can be reached via the station Zwinglistraße (tram lines 1 and 2, bus lines 61, 64 and 85) and also via the stops Grunaer Weg (bus lines 61 and 85) as well as Fraunhofer-Institutzentrum (bus line 64).

You will get the ticket “Single journey“ (Dresden fare zone, at most 1 hour) for 3.00 €. If you plan to make more than two trips in one day within a fare zone, it is worth buying a day pass (8.00 €).