Dresden is the perfect place for the IEEE Technology Time Machine Symposium:
it uniquely combines over 800 years of historic, baroque background with the
pulsing high-tech multi-billion semiconductor businesses that have turned the
region into Europe's number one silicon site. Numerous companies and R&D
institutions, e.g. Technische Universität Dresden, three Max-Planck, 14
Fraunhofer and four Leibnitz research institutes, helped to establish a global
network of excellence.
The Zwinger at Dresden - a baroque complex of pavillons and galleries
Dresden can look back on a history full of ups and downs. The
city with its 500,000 inhabitants was always part of European politics, e.g.,
Dresden's glorius Augustan Age from which most of the cultural treasures
originate, the first German Republic 1848 and, unfortunately, the second world
war. In the nights between 13th and 15th February 1945, allied bombers heavily
destroyed major parts of Dresden. Since then, major parts of Dresden have been
rebuilt and the picture of Dresden changed, but preserved its baroque charme,
the beatiful meadows at the Elbe river. Most of the cultural heritage was
rebuilt more beautiful than ever before. The highlight of the reconstruction
process was the ceremonial reopening of the church "Frauenkirche" in 2005
supported by an international community, among others our sister city Coventry
from where the allied bombers departed in the night of the 13th February 1945.
Volkswagen's "Transparent Factory"
Besides its historical importance, Dresden was always a city of
culture and tradition with international reputation. Above the beautiful banks
of the Elbe river, Dresden offers a diversity of castles, palaces, museums,
theaters, churches and other baroque buildings. These buildings host a variety
of cultural treasures such as the gallery "Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister" (where
the Sistine Madonna by Raffaello is shown), the "Grüne Gewölbe" which hosts the
treasure of the old saxonian kings, the "Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon"
presenting different tools used by mathematicians and physicists in the 18th and
19th century and the porcelain collection, to list only a few. More details on
all the possibilities which Dresden offers to its visitors can be found on
Dresden's official hompage: www.dresden.de.