In Berlin on the 9th of February, 2017 the launch of the BMBF campaign for the “Zukunftsstadt” or the City of the Future. This will be the official launch of the international research and marketing campaign and under the title “Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow”, it continues the theme of the 2015 National Year of Science on an international level.
It is already the case that more people live in cities than in rural regions (see the link, below). In just a few years, two out of three people on Earth will live in a city. The increase in urban population is accompanied by the rapidly growing consumption of energy and resources. How do we deal with this development? How do we make cities sustainable and enduring?
Urbanisation: The following link shows countries by rate of urbanisation (Wikipedia). Australia = 89.4%, Germany = 73.9%
Within the framework of the BMBF’s city of the future campaign, 10 networks with partners from research, industry and municipalities from Germany will be funded to present their work in the “Zukunftsstadt” internationally and to develop networks. The main focus of the campaign will be China, India, Vietnam, Colombia and the USA.
A further aim is to promote Germany as a more familiar and visible partner for education, research and innovation under the brand “Research in Germany – Land of Ideas”. The BMBF has created an international platform for the German research landscape with the future campaigns with thematic and national focus areas.
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