Innovation areas

Based on the experiences of Phase I and Phase II, the Fraunhofer Institutes developed thematic fields of innovation, or key areas of intervention, to address urban problems with an integrated approach between research, public actors, companies and society.

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Marielisa Padilla

M.Sc. Environmental Governance

Focus on EU Smart Cities and Communities projects, design of holistic future oriented city strategies, circular economy and sustainable urban mobility systems.


Tom Hawxwell

M.Sc. Environmental Governance

Focus on Climate Resilience, Nature-based Solutions and Urban Governance


Sophie Mok

M.Sc. Bioeconomy

Focus on nature-based and green city solutions to support sustainable urban development.


Eliana Uribe

Morgenstadt Network Coordinator

M.Sc. Wellbeing and Human Development

Focus on Innovation processes to shape the future of cities.

What is Morgenstadt Innovation Network?

Never has urban development been as complex as today. Numerous internal and external factors need to be aligned to develop livable, resilient, sustainable and inclusive cities:

Global trends like climate change, migration or shifts in demography increasingly need a local response.

The great digital transformation changes organizations, economies and personal lives. Cities need to actively shape it.

Technological innovations help us create smarter cities – but the pace of innovation is incompatible with traditional urban development cycles.

THE GOAL of Morgenstadt is to


Our Mission at Morgenstadt is to make cities future-proof. We perceive cities as complex adaptive systems and work between cities, businesses and research to define local pathways of innovation and urban development. By linking technological innovation, urban development and social and ecological premises for sustainable and inclusive cities, Morgenstadt helps create cities that are ready for the future!

Let‘s shape a CO₂ neutral FUTURE together


Traditional and electric bikes are among the most low-emissions modes of transport, manual or motorized, that exist today

– and come with hefty co-benefits in terms of health and reduced traffic congestion.

How can we make bikes the most popular means of transport?


As of 2016, there was 235 billion square metres of building space globally, which is more or less expected to double by 2050.

Energy use per square metre is reducing by about 1.5% each year, but this is offset by an increase in floor area of 2.3% per year.

What happens with the 0.8% difference?


A 50% cut in global carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation by 2030 could become a reality

– if the current exponential trajectories of wind and solar installation continue.

What can we do, to ensure its continuation?


Sweden’s Climate Policy Council, together with the energy company Vattenfall, has launched Sweden’s Climate Dashboard.

It will be a public website where the transition to a fossil-free Sweden can be tracked across a large set of sectors and indicators.

When will other countries follow suit?

What is the Morgenstadt initiative of the Fraunhofer society?

What is the Morgenstadt initiative of the Fraunhofer society? Our researcher Dr. Natalie Pfau-Weller explains what the initiative is and how cities and companies can benefit from working together with the Fraunhofer society to reach their strategic goals and make our cities more liveable and sustainable in the future.