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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.

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