DGL Annual Meeting


Vierzig Jahre  Einfluss auf Süßwassersysteme

Forty years of human impact on freshwater systems

39th DGL Annual Meeting 2024


TUD Dresden University of Technology,

16–20 September 2024

Photos: Felix Grunicke


View of the main campus with the new Chemistry and Hydrosciences building (left) and the lecture theatre centre (centre). Source: Knitterfisch, TU Dresden image pool

TUD Dresden University of Technology

TUD Dresden University of Technology, as a University of Excellence, is one of the leading and most dynamic research institutions in Germany. With around 8,300 members of staff and around 29,000 students in 17 Faculties, it is one of Europe’s largest technically-oriented universities. Founded in 1828, today it is a globally oriented, regionally anchored top university, developing innovative solutions for the world's most pressing issues. In research and academic programs, the university unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities, social sciences and medicine. This wide range of disciplines is an outstanding feature that facilitates interdisciplinarity and transfer of science to society.

The Hydroscience Department

The Department of Hydrosciences is part of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences alongside the Department of Forest Sciences and the Department of Geosciences. The department was founded in 1968 as the "Section of Hydrology" by merging natural and engineering disciplines related to the topic of water. Since then, it has established itself as an important part of the TU Dresden as a full university.

The Department of Hydrosciences is part of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences alongside the Department of Forest Sciences and the Department of Geosciences.

The staff of the professorships are involved in teaching and research in a variety of ways and thus guarantee scientific and practice-oriented studies in our Bachelor's degree programme "Hydrosciences - Water Management, Hydrology, Circular Economy" and our five Master's degree programmes, which impart both the scientific and engineering knowledge of hydrosciences.

The Institute of Hydrobiology

The Institute of Hydrobiology with the Chair of Limnology represents the field of aquatic ecology within the Department of Hydrosciences. It specialises in biodiversity, the ecology and evolution of organisms, the effects of anthropogenic stressors and the interactions between organisms and water functions.


Sources: Information from the Dresden University of Technology, the Department of Hydrosciences and the Institute of Hydrobiology.

View of the Zwinger, Schloss, Hofkirche, Hausmannsturm and Frauenkirche (Source: Sebastian Weingart, DML-By)

The state capital Dresden

Frauenkirche, Zwinger, Semperoper, Elbe, a diverse museum and theatre landscape - that's Dresden. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. Several million visitors come to the Elbe metropolis every year, more than 20 per cent of them from abroad.

A city of art and culture

It is largely thanks to the need for representation and the passion for collecting of the Saxon electors and kings that Dresden is today a city of art and culture of European standing. It is home to over 50 museums and more than 30 small and large theatres. With its 14 museums, the Dresden State Art Collections is one of the most important museum organisations in the world. In the Semperoper Dresden, the Sächsische Staatskapelle, one of the most traditional orchestras in the world, guarantees musical highlights. The music festivals with the Dresden Music Festival, the Moritzburg Festival, the Dresden Dixieland Festival and the Dresden Jazz Days are also among the great highlights of the European cultural scene.

Stronghold of the economy and science

Dresden's scientific landscape is also characterised by diversity and variety. There are over 40 research institutions in the city and all four major German research organisations are represented with their institutes.

In addition, the Saxon state capital is a top location in the fields of microelectronics / information and communication technology, nanotechnology / new materials and life sciences / biotechnology. Leading global companies such as Globalfoundries, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, VON ARDENNE and Novaled operate in Dresden.

Vibrant scene life

Dresden shows perhaps its most colourful side in its trendy district, the Äußere Neustadt. With its many bars, cafés, restaurants, clubs, galleries and small theatres, this lively Dresden Quartier is the centre of Dresden's young and alternative scene. The area in one of the largest contiguous Wilhelminian-style neighbourhoods in Germany has a high potential for creative innovation, which is reflected above all in the abundance of great shops and trendy labels.

Green city

Dresden is one of the greenest cities in Europe. The Great Garden, the Elbe meadows, the Dresden Heath, numerous palaces, parks and green spaces in and around Dresden attract people to the outdoors and characterize the city's quality of life. The green cityscape is complemented by the vineyards on the hills of the Elbe Valley. Wine is even grown within the city limits. This makes Dresden the northernmost city with a wine-growing tradition.

Facts and numbers

561,000 people (as of December 2021) live in the capital of the Free State of Saxony. Only around two hours away by car are the German capital Berlin to the north and Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, to the south. The proximity of the neighbours is also reflected in the large number of Czech and Polish visitors.


Source (excerpted and modified): City of Dresden, Directorate of the Lord Mayor, Office for Press, Public Relations and Protocol, Press and Online Department.

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