What is Morgenstadt
The Fraunhofer “Morgenstadt Initiative” is a network of Fraunhofer Institutes, municipalities and companies. It was founded in 2012 by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) to think ahead, develop and test innovations for the city of tomorrow (more about the history of Morgenstadt can be found here. Within the framework of research projects, partners of the Morgenstadt Initiative develop solutions and new perspectives for the city of the future, the Morgenstadt, in changing constellations. This includes research and advancement of development potentials and solution strategies in urban systems , but also the identification and analysis of impending disruptive developments for the city of tomorrow and the design of new management approaches, systems or suitable business models.
The combination of different perspectives and expertise from applied research (Fraunhofer Institutes), municipal practice (specialist offices, local politicians, citizens) and solution-oriented business (companies) is one of the strengths and unique selling points of the Morgenstadt Initiative. It allows the network to react flexibly and agilely to public funding programs, for example from the European Commission, and to use the funds acquired to initiate innovative research or innovation projects , or to form demand-oriented innovation partnerships independent of funding programs and with an individual topic. Through its partner institutes and companies, the Morgenstadt Initiative bundles expertise in a total of 11 innovation fields, which uniquely cover the entire spectrum of complex urban systems.