Activities in 2016

Excursion to Christmas Market in Steinau: November, 26th

On November 26th, the GWC invited a group of international researchers and PhD Candidates to visit the wonderful Christmas Market in the picturesque city of Steinau. After leaving the train we took a nice walk through the old town, stopped at the Brüder Grimm Museum and other typical fairytale attractions. All together we enjoyed a warm cup of mulled wine and explored the beautiful stands of the Christmas Market, until we made our way back to the train, in joyous expectation of feeling our fingers again.


Orientation Day: October, 14th

On October 14th, the Goethe Welcome Center (GWC), the Graduate Academy (GRADE) and the Department for Human Resources Development (PE/OE) organized an Orientation Day for the new international Researchers and PhD Candidates. About 30 participants followed the invitation. Welcomed by Dr. Martin Bickl and informed about the GWC by Florian von Bothmer, the participants were given a detailed introduction to GU's administrative structure and units by some of the most relevant central administrative units for PhD Candidates and International Researchers. Several other members of the GU's team gave an informative overview concerning their work and where to find helping hands.The Orientation Day ended in a lively lunch.


Excursion to Eberbach Monastry: October, 15th

On a beautiful autumn day a group of international researchers went on an excursion to the outstanding Eberbach Monastery organized by the GWC. Leaving the train at the historic town of Eltville, the capital of the Rheingau we went for a short walk through the medieval city. Then we turned towards the famous Riesling vine yards crossing the plantations our way  to the small and most picturesque wine village of Kiedrich. After a traditional local lunch in Kiedrich we continued our journey towards the 12th century Cistercian monastery by bus. Upon arrival we started out on a 90 min. wine tasting tour inside the monastery getting to know the secrets of one of the oldest wine producers in Germany. Having experienced the world famous taste of the Rheingau we took the bus and train back to Frankfurt.


Summer Garden Party: July, 9th


On July 9th, 2016 the Goethe Welcome Centre together with the “Stiftung zur Förderung der internationalen wissenschaftlichen Beziehungen” at Goethe University invited for a Summer Party for international researchers on the terrace and garden of GU’s guest house in Ditmarstraße 4. More than 70 members of GU’s international community and some of their German hosts gathered for this annual highlight. An astonishing pot-luck buffet of national dishes prepared by participants and live music by Las Piranhas Vegetarianas contributed to the great success of this highly sociable event. The party was opened with words of welcome by Prof. Bereiter-Hahn (Chairman Stiftung zur Förderung der internationalen wissenschaftlichen Beziehungen) followed by Mr. von Bothmer (Director Goethe Welcome Centre) and was blessed with some of the finest sunny weather.  

Excursion to Gelnhausen: June, 4th

This term‘s main excursion organized by the GWC took us to the enchanting atmosphere of the imperial town of Gelnhausen. With the help of a very eloquent tour guide we took a thorough bath in German history and spent a beautiful day in the heart of Hessen. Gelnhausen was established by Emperor Frederic I. (Barbarossa) in 1170 a.D. and still contains the best preserved remains of a Staufer imperial palatinate castle.  Strolling down the medieval winding lanes we explored the splendid half-timbered town and its most important historical buildings. Especially the just newly opened and highly interactive Museum of Gelnhausen was a definite highlight of this tour.



Orientation Day: April, 22nd














The Goethe Welcome Centre (GWC), the Graduate Academy (GRADE)andthe Department for Human Resources Development (PE/OE) had the honor to invite all newcomer international researchers at Goethe University to GU's Orientation Day for international researchers, PhD candidates and university staff. Almost 50 researchers followed the invitation. Welcomed by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bereiter-Hahn, the researchers had an indispensable introduction to GU's administrative structure and units by some of the most relevant central administrative units for international researchers. The subsequent workshops included an overview over research and scientific career options at GU and in Germany as well as an introduction to PhD prodcedures at GU. The workshops were followed by a lunch together and a guided tour across the Westend Campus to introduce the students to the historical significance of the site.


Visit to the Palmengarten: March, 12th














On Saturday, 12th of March, the GWC invited all international researchers and their families to a visit to Frankfurt’s famous Palmengarten with its extensive greenhouses filled with tropical rainforests, exquisite subtropical species and a unique collection of flowers and plants. We started with a guided tour through the green houses getting to know tropical crops, spices and herbs, among them cocoa beans, rosmarin, and thymian. After the tour, we spent one hour exploring the fifty acres of exotic plants and manicured parkland as well as the Special Orchids Exhibition. Finally, we enjoyed coffee and cake at the gourmet Café Siesmayer.  



New Year's Reception for International Researchers: February, 3rd

For the third time, the GWC and the Stiftung zur Förderung der internationalen wissenschaftlichen Beziehungen invited all international researchers at Goethe University to a New Year’s Reception at the guest house at Ditmarstraße on February, 3rd..  Under the patronage of GU’s president Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff and together with GU’s international DAAD award winners we had a beautiful dinner reception with live music. The much anticipated New Year speech by the president stressed the great importance of international mobility for GU’s academic efforts to find answers to today’s great environmental, social, political, educational, medical as well as economic challenges.  Furthermore, she elaborated on her own experiences abroad as a researcher, such as at Harvard University and Georgetown University, emphasizing how it has enriched both her life and her research. Moreover, she assured that great emphasis will be put on further strengthening GU international profile also in 2016, especially in light of the existing Excellence Initiatives, to further develop GU towards being an internationally renowned scientific player.


"Who will pay my pension some day?" Information Event: Pension Rights for Internationally Mobile Researchers: January, 28th

Under the title of “Who will pay my pension some day…?” the GWC hosted an information event on pension rights for internationally mobile researchers and the German pension landscape on 28.01.2016.  

Together with colleagues from the Deutsche Rentenversicherung (DRV), the Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder (VBL) and the “FindyourPension“ web portal a lot of sometimes very detailed questions about securities and old-age pension provision could be an answered.

The DRV and the VBL represent the German pension landscape. Prior to the presentation of these two schemes, participants were introduced to the information portal called FindyourPension. This website deals with various pension providers within the different European countries and provides concise information regarding this theme.