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The crazy adventures of Peter Dittrich and his fellows


This short paper shall prove, that organizing a group trip is possible, albeit being a total mess.

Therefore we engage a group of desoriented computational biologists, mathamaticians, system biologists and affiliated persons to fill some forms, submit ideas and comment on such.


Group trips are a well known measure for to consolidate in-group cooperation, increase team spirit, and to flee external duties [citation needed]. It has been shown, that journeys to foreign regions may combine relaxing leisure activities with increased labor efficiency [ Work@Cobra]. A major obstacle for group-trip events to occur is the so-called organization barrier:

In the past years several attempts to organize a group trip have been undertaken. Some times a group actually occured, while organizers repetedly were prevented from joining in [citation needed]. Lately, in 2014, the approach to find a spot in time and space was in vein, completly [ GroupTrip2014 ].

To find out, what circumstances lead to or prevent group trips, we undertake another experiment using well documented and thoroughly elaborated planing methods.


Finding a time window

This is to be done using a method called dudle:

In a first step, a certain person, called the organizer has to visit a website totally unrelated to doodle. There he or she creates a so called dudl, providing a poll to be presented to the others.

During the second step, every person interested in participating is invited to visit the poll [ https://dudle.inf.tu-dresden.de/BiosysGroupTrip2015 ]. On the respective website, the subjects have to randomly click on tiny checkboxes. After doing so, these people have to find the submit button and find out how to use it.

In the final step, the organizer has to introspect the randonly choosen boxes and a histogram of checkmark abundances for each column.If the organizer finds a series of 5 checkmarks in a row, he or she has to loudly shout "BINGO" and choose a time window completely unrelated to the participants preferred selections. This shall be the so called "group trip date".

Finding a location

This is another challenging task. Usually it is done by one or more persons providing ideas during lunch breaks [ LunchMeeting2014 ] or other occassions [ TimeToDiscuss, http://wiki.biosys.uni-jena.de/bin/view/TWiki/TagMeSearch?tag=discussion]. Here we present a totally new approach which includes recycling of lukewarm old ideas [ http://wiki.biosys.uni-jena.de/bin/view/Biosys/GroupTrip2014?rev=7 ], [ http://wiki.biosys.uni-jena.de/bin/view/Biosys/GroupTrip2014?rev=5 ], and collection of new ideas and opinions thereabout. This proved to be more or less helpfull and will be examined in the discussion section.

After a longsome period of meaningless discussions, the organizer will either decide for a totally boring, previously unmentioned location by pure evilness, or create another poll before doing the same.


In the following, we list ideas collected for the previous attempt to organize a group trip.

Hiking in the Harz Mountains

Bad Sachsa - http://www.bad-sachsa.de

Proposal for accomodation: Jugend- und Bildungshaus Tettenborn http://jubi-haus.de






- such crazy places exist in Pößneck, Münchenbernsdorf, Naumburg [1], Hohenfelden [2], and other places [?]


  • interesting for kids
  • challenging for kids beyond 28
  • will get boring after one day
[1] http://www.kletterwald-koala.de/

[2] http://www.aktivpark-hohenfelden.de/

Wasserburg Heldrungen

  • canoeing at the unstrut possible


to be continued by the organizer

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