Science Year 2015 – City of the Future

Cities as places of innovation

The Science Year 2015 is dedicated to the city of the future. Cities are the most popular places to live for most people today. Life in the city is attractive, not least thanks to the results of science and research. Whether it comes to new concepts of mobility, to urban gardening, to healthy eating or new ideas for urban living – cities are places of innovation.
Schriftzug "Wissenschaftsjahr 2015 - Zukunftsstadt" auf blauem Hintergrund, auf dem drei schematische Stadtpläne zu sehen sind. (BMBF)
Wissenschaftsjahr 2015 - Zukunftsstadt
photo: BMBF

The internationally renowned urban planner Jaime Lerner once said that cities are the solution, not the problem. This is the rationale of 'Science Year 2015–City of the Future'. Cities have been a blueprint for the prevailing social and political structures since ancient times. The lives of many people focus on cities – cities are places to live and work in, to go to school or university, to shop, meet friends, go to the cinema or the theater, to do sports or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of public parks.

Urban life reflects the grand challenges of the future: adaptation to climate change, energy supply, secure employment, affordable housing, sustainable mobility, and demographic change. Cities are places of innovation because they are in constant development. They can be models and pioneers of sustainable development in ecological, social and economic terms.

Today's urban population accounts for three quarters of the global energy consumption and generates 70% of anthropogenic greenhouse gases. The concept of sustainable living can only be realized if it is embraced by urban dwellers. This is where science and research come in. Simultaneously, scientific development must also match human needs. 'Science Year 2015–City of the Future' aims to develop new formats of civil participation to demonstrate how urban environments can be organized with the help of researchers.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports various projects that stand for successful interaction between society and science, such as the “Climate Protection Initiative” in Essen or the sustainable and intelligent use of water (INIS) in Berlin.

The 2015 Science Year invites German cities, research institutions, universities, companies and organisations to participate and present their ideas to the broad public.

For further information please visit the Science Year 2015 - City of the Future

Last update: 16.07.2014