Karlsruhe, romantically located between Vosges and the Black Forest, is a young and charming metropolis in the heart of Europe. The city was founded rather recently, in 1715: Today, it‘s the seat of Germany‘s supreme court. Zest for life and an accepting and outgoing nature are prominent characteristics of its residents, who are famous above all for their sincere hospitality. Karlsruhe occupies a place of particular importance on the international arts scene with its Centre for Art and Media Technology [Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM)]. This city in the state of Baden-Württemberg also ranks near the top in Germany as a convention and exhibition centre; the Neue Messe, which opened in Karlsruhe in 2003, has already earned international fame. The research and innovation potential of the university, led by the Karlsruhe Research Centre, serves as the foundation for the leading position that science and technology have in Karlsruhe‘s economy. And by the way, Germany‘s first e-mail was received at the University of Karlsruhe in 1984! High tech, high life, and European thinking - with a Badener twist: A city worth living in and travelling to.