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Research for Sustainable Megacities of Tomorrow

A prominent example for global changes that no longer affect individual countries or regions alone, but affect the whole of humanity, is the trend towards urbanisation. This goes along with the spread of “megacities” on all continents, especially in devel-oping and newly industrialising countries. 
By means of this research programme the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is furthering the development of innovative solutions and concepts in emerging megacities. Read more 

Research Programme: Energy- and Climate Efficient Structures in Urban Growth Centres (2008-2014)

With its funding programme “Research for the Sustainable Development of Megacities of Tomorrow” the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is focussing on “energy- and climate-efficient structures in urban growth centres”. The programme is a globally focussed component of the Federal Government’s High-Tech-Strategy in the action field on “Climate and Energy”. Moreover, it is a part of the framework programme “Research for Sustainable Development” of the BMBF. Read more


The funding programme covers currently nine projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The research is conducted by inter- and transdisciplinary teams in reference to model cities and model regions. Thereby German consortia cooperate with corresponding teams in the partner countries. 
Since the beginning of the main phase (2008) the program focuses on energy- and climate efficiency in urban growth centres. Read more

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Future Megacities in Action - Innovative Solutions for Climate- and Energy-Efficient Urbanisation


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Future Megacities Conference 2013

Future Megacities in Action – Innovative Solutions for Energy- and Climate - Efficient Solutions

The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) presented its Second International Conference on Future Megacities in Action, May 14 - 16, 2013, Hamburg, Germany The main objective of the conference was to organise a forum on innovative solutions for a sustainable urban development particularly of emerging megacities in developing and newly industrialising countries. The conference brought together global actors, experts and dedicated urbanists in politics, academia, civil society and business to

  • discuss the pressing needs of cities

  • learn about innovative solutions and

  • reflect on new ways for implementing and upscaling knowledge and capacities.

The diverse programme included presentations, discussions and thematic workshops. The event also offered various opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with some 350 international experts. A market place provided insights into model solutions, products and tangible results from different urban contexts, while specially commissioned short films completed the programme. Additionally excursions to inspiring pilot projects in the City of Hamburg were carried out.
Future Megacities in Action