The beautiful and unpronounceable Schloss Rauischholzhausen

The conference hotel of Giessen University

Schloß Rauischholzhausen

Surrounded by 32 hectares of manicured lawns, woodland and running water, this conference center is like no other. The park is designed in the English style and contains almost 300 different types of trees. Two creeks run through the park and form several ponds connected by artificial cascading waterfalls. Sculptures including a Lithuanian princess, a female slave, a virgin, and a tired rambler may be found between groups of trees.

View of the castle from the gardens

The castle of Rauischholzhausen was designed by the architect Carl Schaefer, a student of Gottlieb Ungewitter, in the style of Klein-Potsdam. The construction lasted from 1871 to 1878 and the castle was lavishly decorated. Inside and out, you are bound to come across wonderful and elaborate details.

The DyViTo network meeting is well and truly underway, with talks and poster presentations scheduled for today as well as an opportunity for everyone to network.

The view of the pond and castle from the grounds

DyViTo Day 1 – Welcome to the University of Bradford

Our eagerly anticipated week has begun!

Our guests have been coming in from across our network, some have come from Germany while others from Spain and Netherlands. This week marks the first meeting for most of the Early Stage Researchers, their Supervisors and our Partners.  

Having almost everyone from across the DyViTo project in one room really made it clear just what a great team of passionate and driven individuals we have working with us.

It was also the perfect opportunity to put some faces to the email address! 

Even though we have a lot to cover this week, we tried not to overload anyone with information on their very first day. Professor Marina Bloj started the day with a talk about DyViTo while Dr Andrew Logan, 
Lecturer in Optometry, spoke passionately about Open Access.  

Dr Andrew Logan giving a talk about Open Access at the University of Bradford.

Even though Day 1 did set a tone for the rest of the week, which will include training, seminars and talks, we did not forget that this is also an opportunity to introduce everyone to the city of Bradford. Ans this can only mean one thing. Curry!

Bradford is considered by many to be the ‘Curry Capital of Britain‘, a title they have won six times between 2011 and 2016. You cannot come to Bradford and not try a curry. Are you in the mood for a Pakistani or a Kashmiri take? Will it be a tikka masala or a rogan josh? This is one of those moments that may put you in a tailspin. Thankfully, Omar Khans came to the rescue. They were able to organise a banquet menu that introduced us to some of the most famous, an delicious, Asian dishes. Team building and networking is definitely better over expertly prepared curry. And when the table goes quiet, you know that the food is good. 

The DyViTo team having their first taste of the famous Bradford curry at Omar Khan’s