Digital events - »Morgenstadt – City of the Future«

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The Fraunhofer »Morgenstadt Initiative« strives to think ahead, develop and test innovations for the city of tomorrow. In the digital event series, members and interested parties gain an insight into current developments, ongoing projects and the latest findings. Representatives from cities and industry thus have the opportunity to get to know the Morgenstadt network better. The dates of the event series can be attended independently of each other.

Within the digital event series, current issues regarding the future planning of cities will be discussed, such as: How can city centers be designed to cope with current crises, trends and challenges? What is the role of data-driven approaches in urban data management? How can climate resilience and climate neutrality be integrated into urban planning? What challenges are other cities currently facing and what best practices are there?

With the digital event series »Morgenstadt - City of the Future«, our experts offer the members of the Morgenstadt initiative and all interested parties a platform for exchange and networking about the latest findings, ongoing projects and funding programs.

Events in the digital series

Impulse lectures

News from the Morgenstadt

Within the kick-off event of the digital event series, Fraunhofer IAO experts will give first insights into the results of the Morgenstadt survey on the »Impact of the Corona Pandemic on the Development of Municipalities and Districts in Germany«. Interested participants can also expect an overview of upcoming events and further insights into the latest developments of the Morgenstadt network.


Tuesday, 9 June, 3.30 – 5.00 pm
event in German


Horizon 2020 & National Funding Programmes

The scientists of the Morgenstadt Initiative invite you to discuss the »Horizon 2020« funding program within this event.  The experts of the Morgenstadt network would like to present a new application idea for the cluster "Climate, Energy and Mobility« and initiate an exchange about new project ideas and new cooperation opportunities (in English). In addition, national funding programs will be discussed and opportunities for collaboration will be identified (in German). After an introduction to the application ideas, the participants can choose one of the workshops

Tuesday, 15 June, 10.00 - 12.00 am
Event in English and German


Urban Development Initiative Eindhoven – Brainport Region

The Urban Development Initiative in Brainport Eindhoven develops disruptive and integrated innovations within the fields of urban development and building. The emergence of the energy-neutral push and the digital revolution in these two sectors will play an important role. UDI for now focusses on three programs: Digital City, Building Industry 4.0 and Energy Transition.


Thursday, 1st July, 3.00 - 6.00 pm
Event in English and German

Thematic workshops

Future Public Space

What are the future development perspectives for public spaces? Based on this question, experts from the Fraunhofer IAO will present a study conducted as part of the innovation partnership »Inner Cities 2030+|Future Public Space". After the presentation of the study results, the participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas on the topic and to ask questions and make comments.


Thursday, 10 June, 10.00 - 12.00 am
Event in German


Urban Data Partnership

During this workshop, the responsible Morgenstadt experts will report on the current results of the innovation partnership »Urban Data Partnership«, which supports Morgenstadt cities and municipal utilities in their digital transformation and deals with topics such as data mapping, data quality and data sovereignty. After the presentation of current developments within the partnership, different formats of cooperation as well as a further development of the project will be presented to the participants for discussion. Together, relevant topics and needs for a new edition of the program will be collected and evaluated within the workshop.


Thursday, 10 June, 3.00 - 5.00 pm
Event in English


MGI event: Integrated Planning for Resilient Cities

In the Morgenstadt  »Global Smart Cities Initiative« workshop, we would like to discuss the topic of integrated planning for resilient cities with representatives of the international partner cities Piura, Saltillo and Cochin. Currently, MGI is conducting trials on the topic of resilient cities in partner cities in Peru, Mexico and India in so-called City Labs. Within the workshop, current best practices will be shared with the participants and a general exchange about tested approaches will be stimulated.

Friday, 11 June, 3.00 - 5.00 pm
Event in English


Innovation programme

In the Innovation Program Climate Neutral Cities, municipalities and academia work together to accelerate the implementation of CO2-neutral cities. For this purpose, the project »Urban Transformation Pathways Climate Neutrality (UTK)« was developed as a first building block in the cooperation of Fraunhofer IAO, ISE and IMW as well as five other partner municipalities in spring 2021. In the course IKNS-Workshop the experts would therefore like to present tools and methodologies of the aforementioned project and to discuss actual challenges of municipalities on the way to climate neutrality as well as new cooperation possibilities.


Monday, 14 June, 3.00 - 4.30 pm
Event in German

Small and medium-sized towns – restructuring of the Morgenstadt

Experience has shown that many cities are often confronted with similar challenges regarding the transformation of urban spaces but miss a structured knowledge exchange between them. Therefore, the experts of Fraunhofer IAO would like to offer a platform of exchange of experiences within this workshop. They will present current funding programs, which could be exciting for your city and keep the possibility open for the continuation of an exchange with like-minded people.


Wednesday, 16 June, 10.00 - 11.30 am
Event in German



The »Daten-Kompetenzzentrum für Städte und Regionen (DKSR)« is a new open-source offering of the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt-Initiative, which supports cities and regions with infrastructure, technology and know-how regarding the data-based transformation of cities. In the webinar participants will learn why the DKSR is a crucial innovation on the smart-city market and how municipalities can benefit from it. After the webinar an exclusive workshop for members of the »Morgenstadt Urban Data Community« takes place to jointly develop the community’s governance model and exchange ideas in data models and use cases.


Thursday, 17 June, 2.15 - 5.00 pm
Event in German