Digital Morgenstadt Conference: »Water in the Morgenstadt«

Digital conference with lectures, workshops, and excursions

The importance of urban neighbourhoods as a level of action for urban climate adaptation and improved resource efficiency poses growing challenges for municipalities. In order to identify possible solutions and to initiate new cooperations between cities, research and housing and urban water management, the Morgenstadt network organised the bilingual digital conference "Water in the City of the Future" from 30 September to 1 October 2021. The internationally oriented event took place in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institutes IGB, ISI and IAO.

The interactive digital format made it possible to interact with each other and participate virtually in an excursion. 

Overview of the main topics 

  • Requirements and adaptation options in the housing stock (Focus: Housing industry and municipalities)
  • Options for action: Successful implementation and practical examples
  • Tools for the integration of actors in transformation processes in the Settlement economy
  • Smart controls for infrastructure operation
  • Good and best practices from European municipalities: design, process of implementation and experiences of use


DAY 1 


Registration & Technical Check


Welcoming address
Greetings from the Head of the Department Dr. Renate Taugs (Office for Water, Wastewater and Geology at the Authority for the Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture)

Greetings from the Morgenstadt representatives



9:10 - 9:40

Successful climate adaptation in cities. Interaction of strategic perspectives and their operational implementations

Dr. Birgit Schiffmann (Head of the Climate Adaptation Unit/RISA at the Hamburg Ministry for the Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture)

Christian Günner (Head of Infrastructure Coordination and Urban Hydrology, HAMBURG WASSER)

9:40 - 9:55 Discussion
9:55 - 10:10 Impulse lecture 1: Source separation sewer system and recovery plant in Helsingborg, Sweden.
Dr. Hamse Kjerstadius, NSVA (Nordvästra Skånes Vatten och Avlopp)

in English
10:10 - 10:25  Impulse lecture 2: Transformation potentials in the water management of urban districts
Cristina Saravia Arzabe
10:25 - 10:40  Discussion
10:40 - 10:55 

Coffee break

Digitales Networking Tool

10:55 - 11:10 Impulse lecture 3: Blue-green-grey infrastructures and their contribution to climate-friendly urban development
Dr. Martina Winker (Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) GmbH), Jan Trapp (German Institute of Urban Studies gGmbH)
11:10 - 11:25  Discussion and outlook for workshop, digital networking and day 2
11:15 - 12:45  Workshop: How can the implementation of innovations in the neighbourhood be accelerated?

Marius Mohr and Christiane Chaumette (Fraunhofer IGB)
or  Digital Networking Session
12:45 - 13:00  Summary of the day's topics and outlook for excursion and day 2
13:00 - 14:00   Lunch break 

14:00 - 15:00

Digital Excursion HAMBURG-WATER-Cycle® in the „Jenfelder Au“: an example of sustainable urban wastewater infrastructure based on an integrated material flow separation system

Guided tour through the city district and the local depot.

Mario Wolf (Bauhaus-University Weimar) and Narne Hinrichsmeyer (HAMBURG Wasser) 



Day 2 
Friday, October 1st 2021


Registration & Technical Check


Welcome and outlook for the day

9:15 - 9:35 

Keynote lecture: Water management instead of urban area water drainage - Transition using the example of an urban district in Lünen
Dr.-Ing. Jutta Niederste-Hollenberg (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI)

9:35 - 10:00 

Impulse lecture 1: Ressource efficient city districts, selected water highlights
Christiane Chaumette (Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial and Bioprocess Engineering IGB), Michael Richter (HafenCity University Hamburg HCU)
10:00 - 10:15 Discussion 
10:15 - 10:30  Impulse lecture 2: SMARTilience - Thinking climate protection and climate impact adaptation together using the example of heavy rainfall
Alexandra Idler (City of Mannheim), Olga Izdebska (HCU), Prof. Dr. Jörg Knieling (HCU)
10:30 - 10:45 Impulse lecture 3: Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Water Challenges: Examples from Eindhoven, Netherlands
Luuk Postmes (City of Eindhoven)

in English
10:45 - 11:00 Discussion
11:00 - 11:15  Coffee break

11:15 - 12:45

Digital Networking Session

Mini Workshop with DKSR: Data based solutions for urban for urban water challenges.  

Lukas Koch and Eva Schmitz (DKSR GmbH) 

12:45 - 13:00

Summary of the topics and contributions to the discussion and outlook for the documentation and afternoon excursion

13:00 - 14:15 

Lunch break

14:15 - 15:00 

Digital excursion

Green Roofs - Good Climate - Insights into Rainwater Management in the Residential Quarter Hamburg - Am Weißenberge

Michael Richter (HafenCity University Hamburg) 


We thank you for your participation!