»Morgenstadt – City of the Future« digital event series

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In times of corona crisis and social distance it seems all the more important to work on common, positive versions of the future. In this digital »Morgenstadt - City of the Future« event series - we would like to explore what contribution the Smart City can make to overcoming the current crisis. However, we do not want to ignore other major problems: anthropogenic climate change poses major challenges for many cities and regions. Therefore, it is our declared goal to identify solutions and transformation paths for CO2-neutral, livable and resilient cities and to implement them in an exemplary manner with the help of social, technical and organizational innovations. In addition, the digital event series offers interested representatives from cities and industry the opportunity to get to know the Morgenstadt network in more detail.

Thursday, 18.06.20 (conducted in English & German)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Internal meeting of the Morgenstadt Network (members only)

During our internal meeting we would like to present to our partners which important developments and potentials are currently taking place within the network. Our new Steering Board members will briefly introduce themselves to the network. In addition, Alexander Schmidt will give an overview of the future cooperation with the Fraunhofer IAO spin-off Bable and potentials for future collaborations. Information on our work program, on innovation partnerships within the network and on our position paper will be presented publicly on the same afternoon.
We look forward to welcoming you to our first digital Morgenstadt meeting!

02:00 pm - 04:30 pm: Presentation Morgenstadt Work Program 2020-2021 & Initiative »Zukunftsfähige Städte und Regionen« (sustainable cities and regions)

In this workshop, we will present our work programme for the next two years. Morgenstadt has set itself ambitious goals, because time is pressing: If we do not succeed in significantly reducing CO2 emissions in the next ten years, we must expect massive damage from global warming. To avoid this, we are focusing on enabling sustainable urban development in Germany and the world. In Germany, this means shaping the market in such a way that the implementation of sustainable solutions and digitization becomes possible for every community. For our international approach, this means adapting and developing our models, which have been tried and tested in Europe, to countries of the Global South and promoting new partnerships. Over the next two years, we have planned various activities in these areas, which we would like to present and discuss with you.
As part of our political strategy for Germany, we would also like to present our position paper "Sustainable Cities and Regions". After many projects for sustainable urban development have been funded and countless solutions have been piloted over the past decade, it is now time to spread the word. Sustainable urban development must be accessible and affordable for all cities and municipalities in Germany. The position paper identifies the obstacles to a broad implementation of sustainable urban development and presents an approach to overcome them.
We would like to win your support for our initiative »Sustainable Cities and Regions« and invite you to discuss the position paper with us.

Wednesday, 24.06.20 (conducted in German)

02:00 pm - 04:30 pm: Workshop »Innovation Program Climate Neutral Cities« (ICNC)

Global warming and the climate emergency have led to a variety of proclaimed goals at global, European and national level, including the EU's climate targets for 2030. Within the 9th European Framework Research Programme HORIZON EUROPE, numerous projects for the CO2-effective transformation of cities will receive financial support from 2021 onwards.
In order to increase the still too slow speed of transformation towards climate-neutral urban systems, the Morgenstadt Initiative is launching the »Innovation Program Climate Neutral Cities«. Together with cities and companies, Morgenstadt aims to develop within the ICNC – on the one hand – a quantitative tool that enables local authorities to analyse their climate performance and identify potential savings on a regular basis and with as little effort as possible, and – on the other hand – a qualitative handbook that analyses and presents tried and tested, climate-friendly system solutions from industry and applied research. The focus here is less on the technical-infrastructural side of the solutions, but rather on how these solutions were implemented in different pioneering cities, i.e. how barriers were overcome and how enablers were activated, and which »best practices« and ideal-typical roadmaps can be derived from this, and used as a basis for implementation processes in other cities.
Using this twofold approach, Morgenstadt aims to help municipalities to manage transformation processes in a more targeted and promising way, and to help companies understand how they can scale up their solutions by understanding enablers and obstacles of complex city systems.
At the workshop »Innovation Programme Climate Neutral Cities« on June 24th 2020, the research design of the ICNC will be presented, discussed and further developed with interested municipalities and companies.

Thursday, 25.06.20 (conducted in German)

02:00 pm - 04:30 pm: Demand analysis: Digitalization and sustainable development in cities in the post- Corona period

There is currently a great deal of actionism in response to the Corona crisis. Cities and municipalities are facing the challenge of identifying effective measures. The effects of the current situation are complex and range from economic implications to questions of future health care and changes in the education system. In order to meet their care obligations, many cities are currently revising their crisis management. The long-term consequences of the current situation and what will happen to cities and municipalities in the coming years are currently hardly foreseeable for the individual cities.
The Morgenstadt Initiative would like to remedy this lack of reliable knowledge about the implications of corona for future urban development and develop a corresponding study that systematically deals with the post-corona opportunities and challenges of cities. Accordingly, not only all sub-areas of municipal administration will be examined, but also their interaction with each other and with external factors such as geographical location, district and country. The workshop serves as a prelude to the development of the study. The aim is to include the needs and questions of cities and companies and to specify further steps. We therefore invite representatives of cities and municipalities, but also of companies, to contribute to the development of the study.

Thursday, 2.07.20 (conducted in English)

10:00 am - 00:30 pm: Workshop »Innovation Program Climate Neutral Cities« (ICNC)
Description see above.