Leipzig is an attractive and vivid city located in the north-west of Saxony in the eastern part of Germany. It looks back to a rich and venerable history. Leipzig is well-known as a center of trade, academia, book printing and music. In 2015, Leipzig celebrated the 1000th anniversary of its first documented mention.

Leipzig has been described by the world-renowned poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – who was a student in Leipzig – as a "miniature Paris". Later, he settled an important scene of its drama “Faust” in a then tavern in Leipzig that is known as Auerbach’s Cellar. Roughly at the same time, Friedrich Schiller wrote his poem “Ode to Joy” in Leipzig, which is well-known from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Nowadays, Leipzig is one of the leading cities in central Germany with about 550 000 inhabitants.

Leipzig is an academic center with a high density of colleges and institutes. Leipzig University, founded in 1409, is one of Europe's oldest universities. Moreover, several non-university research institutions are located in Leipzig (such as the Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification.

Leipzig's international reputation as a city of music is closely associated with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the St. Thomas Choir, with Johann Sebastian Bach and other great composers such as Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann and Gustav Mahler.
In 1989, Leipzig was one of the hotspots of the peaceful political protests against the government (“Monday demonstrations”), which finally led to the collapse of communism and to the reunification of Germany in 1990. The conference venue is located only a few hundred meters away from important places for these historial events such as St. Nicholas Church, Augustusplatz and the Ring road surrounding the City.
We are quite convinced that your visit to Leipzig will be a memorable one.



Old Town Hall

New Town Hall



Monument of the Battle of Nations 1813

ESPS 2016 is organized by the
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification, Leipzig