Conference Venue

The Conference will take place between March 19 and March 22, 2012 in Leipzig, Germany. Host institution is the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ. The Venue chosen for the conference will be the Leipziger Kubus, a conference centre located in the outskirts of Leipzig, in the same campus as the UFZ.

Leipzig is the second largest city in Saxony, with a population of about half a million. It has its own airport and is easily accessible by rail and motorway. It is located at about one hour distance by car or train from Berlin, and about four hours from Frankfurt.

 

 

City of Leipzig

Leipzig is the second largest city in Saxony, with a population of about half a million. It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Weisse Elster, Pleisse and Parthe in the Leipzig Bay.

In the 17th century, Leipzig was one of the major European city-centres of learning and culture in fields such as music, astronomy and optics. After World War II, Leipzig became a major urban centre within the Communist German Democratic Republic.

Leipzig later played a significant role in the fall of communism in Eastern Germany, through events taken place in and around St. Nikolas Church. Since the Reunification of Germany, Leipzig has undergone significant change with the restoration of historical buildings and the development of a modern transport infrastructure.

In 2009, Leipzig was ranked 35th in the world out of 256 cities for cultural, economic and social innovation. In 2010, Leipzig was ranked 68th in the world as a livable city, by consulting firm Mercer in their quality of life survey.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leipzig

For further Information, please visit http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/

 

 

Sightseeing in and around the city

Leipzig Trade Fair

Leipziger Messe – the Leipzig Fair – dates back 800 years and is regarded as the world's oldest commercial fair. The city's new exhibition centre, Leipzig New Fair, was opened in April 1996. Its five exhibition halls and the Congress Center Leipzig are equipped with state-of-the-art communication technology. Leipzig has evolved from a city famed for its fairs in mediaeval times into a modern trade show centre.

Source: http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/int_messen/messen_kongresse/index.aspx

For further Information, please visit http://www.leipziger-messe.de/

 

Leipzig Zoo

Founded in 1878 by Ernst Pinkert, Leipzig Zoo is one of the most important Zoological Gardens in Europe and at the same time one of the most popular recreational areas in Leipzig. It is world-famous for the successful rearing of threatened species.

Source: http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/tourist/stadtspaz/fotorund/02417.shtml

For further Information, please visit http://www.zoo-leipzig.de/

 

Leipzig Opera House

The north side of the Augustusplatz is taken up by Leipzig Opera House. The New Opera House opened 1960 on the site of the New Theatre which was destroyed during the Second World War. It stages operas and ballets and can accommodate an audience of 1426.

Source: http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/tourist/stadtspaz/fotorund/02373.shtml

For further Information, please visit http://www.oper-leipzig.de/

 

Leipzig Gewandhaus

Leipzig Gewandhaus forms the southern side of Augustusplatz. It is the third home of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. It was opened in the autumn of 1981 and has seating for 1890 people as well as a chamber music hall. Thanks to its excellent acoustics, the Gewandhaus orchestra as well as its conductors, the Gewandhaus has built up a very good reputation worldwide.

Source: http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/tourist/stadtspaz/fotorund/02372.shtml

For further Information, please visit http://www.gewandhaus.de/

 

Monument to the Battle of the Nations

The Monument to the Battle of the Nations, which is situated to the south of the city centre in Probstheida, is one of the most famous historical monuments. It was inaugurated on 18th October 1913, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Nations near Leipzig. As a memorial for peace it reminds of the battle fought against the Napoleon troops by the allied armies and covers an area of 80,000 m2, including its outside grounds. The viewing platform at a height of more than 90 m provides a superb view over Leipzig's city centre and the surroundings.

Source: http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/tourist/stadtspaz/fotorund/02425.shtml

For further Information, please visit http://www.voelkerschlachtdenkmal.de/joomla/index.php

 

St. Thomas Church

St. Thomas Church, built in 1212, dominates Thomaskirchhof square, which has been restored to its former beauty. In around 1500 the church was rebuilt into a late gothic hall church. Above all it is known as the home of the St Thomas's Boys Choir and its renowned choir master, Johann Sebastian Bach, whose grave is to be found in the choir room.

Source: http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/tourist/stadtspaz/vollbildpanoramen/

For further Information, please visit http://www.thomaskirche.org/

 

St. Nicholas Church

In recent history, St. Nicholas Church heard many the prayers for freedom and as a result saw the peaceful revolution come about, which lead the way to German reunification in 1989. It is also the oldest church in the city. It was constructed in 1150 and the first documented reference to it was in 1213. The church has been considerably altered over the years and contains elements of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist periods. The concert organ (four manuals) is one of the largest in Germany.

Source: http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/tourist/stadtspaz/fotorund/02354.shtml

For further Information, please visit http://www.nikolaikirche-leipzig.de/

 

Lake Cospuden

Lake Cospuden with a size of 450 ha, has a yacht harbour, beaches, a 300 ha landscape park, the vantage point "Bistumshöhe", botanical gardens and stretches of moorland. It is situated on the southern periphery of the city. Whether it is sailing, surfing, diving or cycling and skating, whether it is cosy bus tours and steam boat rides, beach parties, evenings by the campfire or exhibition openings in the art gallery by the lake, you will find everything that you need to make your evening off meaningful or your short break a feast for the senses while resting your weary bones. The lake today shows how it was successfully structurally altered from an area of open mining to a scenic and recreational park. As such, it also exemplifies the region's turning towards an ecologically considerate approach to nature.

Source: http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/tourist/stadtspaz/vollbildpanoramen/

For further Information, please visit http://www.leipzigseen.de/seenfakten/cospudener-see.html

 

Tourist Information

Further tourist information can be found at:

http://www.leipzig-sachsen.de/leipzig/tourismus.htm

http://www.germanplaces.com/germany/leipzig.html

 

 

The Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ was established in 1991 and has about 1,000 employees in Leipzig, Halle/S. and Magdeburg. They study the complex interactions between humans and the environment in cultivated and damaged landscapes. The scientists develop concepts and processes to help secure the natural foundations of human life for future generations.

 

 

The Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science and the economy with top scientific achievements in six research areas: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Structure of Matter, Transport and Space. With more than 30,000 employees in 17 research centres and an annual budget of approximately 3.0 billion euro, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation. Its work follows in the tradition of the great natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).

 

 

The Leipziger Kubus

The Leipziger KUBUS is a modern conference centre at the "Wissenschaftspark Leipzig/Permoserstraße". It provides:

  • lecture halls with flexible dimensions and variable seating for events with max. 450 participants
  • inspiring atmosphere for exhibitions and presentations as well as for several catering-stations and a connection to a terrace
  • modern equipment for presentations and communication
  • expert advice and professional support for your events
  • catering for any event and accommodation in the surrounding area
  • within easy reach by public transport and by car, underground car park
  • near by the city centre and by motorway A 14
  • surround by institutions of Helmholtz- and of Leibnitz-association, institutes of Leipzig university and private research companys

 

 

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