Digital Academics Summit 2017
Get-together of the digital science community


The DAS 2017 will take place at Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig (HfTL), a private university of applied science funded by Deutschen Telekom. The university has a small and beautiful campus for about 1,400 students with nicely renovated buildings. It is located in the middle of the popular student district in the south of Leipzig, just 12 minutes away by tram from the old town of Leipzig.


Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig (HfTL)

University of Applied Sciences
Gustav-Freytag-Str. 43-45
04277 Leipzig


Leipzig is a city in the federal state Saxony with about 560,000 inhabitants. It is located about 190 kilometers (120 miles) south-west of Berlin and about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north-west of Dresden. Leipzig is a German city with a long history. It was first documented in 1015 and has been an important trade city since at least the time of the Holy Roman Empire. Leipzig is the city of many famous German musicians and composers – it is known as the city of Bach, Mendelssohn, and Wagner.

In October 1989, after prayers for peace at St. Nicholas Church, established in 1983 as part of the peace movement, the Monday demonstrations started as the most prominent mass protest against the East German regime. Since the reunification of Germany, Leipzig has undergone significant change with the restoration of some historical buildings, the demolition of others, and the development of a modern transport infrastructure. Nowadays, Leipzig is an economic center in eastern Germany.

In December 2013, according to a study by Marktforschungsinstitut GfK, Leipzig was ranked as the most livable city in Germany and is one of the three European cities with the highest quality of living (after Groningen and Kraków). In 2010, Leipzig was included in the top 10 cities to visit by the New York Times.

By airplane

Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) is located between Halle and Leipzig. It is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) away from the town center of Leipzig. With respect to the number of passangers, the airport is on rank 14 in Germany. However, it is the second largest German airport for freight traffic.

There are direct flights from and to Frankfurt a.M. (FRA), Munich (MUC), Amsterdam (AMS), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Zurich (ZRH), London-Stansted (STN), and many more. The tram S5(X) takes you to the central train station of Leipzig in 13 minutes every half an hour.

By train

The central train station is located in the center of Leipzig and was nicely renovated and modernized after the German reunification. With respect to floor area, the central station is the world's largest railway station handling 120,000 passengers per day on average. It has 24 platforms housed in six iron train sheds, a multi-level concourse with towering stone arches, and a 293 meter-long facade. It is not just a railway station – it is also a huge shopping mall open even on Sundays. There are fast inter-city express (ICE) connections to many German cities, e. g., Dresden and Berlin.

Public Transportation

The workshop can be reached easily by tram from the city center of Leipzig. If you are at the central train station in the city center, get on

In both cases, get off at station Connewitz, Kreuz. It is just 8 stations away from the central train station and takes only about 14 minutes. For more information, please visit the website of the Leipzig Public Transportation Services (LVB). Ticket machines are available at the platform and accept money in cash (EUR 2,40 for a single ticket). You can get directions from here.

Travel documents for non-EU nationals

If you are a non-EU national wishing to visit or travel within the EU, you will need a passport:

and possibly a visa. More information can be found here. No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information. If you need a letter of invitation for your visa application, please contact the workshop chair.

The registration for DAS 2017 does not include any hotel reservation.

Leipzig has a plenitude of hotels ranging from low budget accommodations to luxury hotels such as the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof. Most of them are located in the center of Leipzig. There are some hotels within walking distance to the venue, too:

Leonardo Hotel und Residenz

Leonardo Hotel und Residenz

Windscheidstr. 21-23, Leipzig
Flair Hotel Alt Connewitz

Flair Hotel Alt-Connewitz

Meusdorfer Str. 47a, Leipzig
Flair Hotel Markgraf

Hotel Markgraf Leipzig

Körnerstr. 36, Leipzig
Hotel via City Leipzig Mitte

Hotel via City Leipzig Mitte

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 40, Leipzig
Hotel & Restaurant Michaelis

Hotel & Restaurant Michaelis

Paul-Gruner-Str. 44, Leipzig