Virtual Event Series

UNIVERSITIES & RESEARCH ORGANISATIONS – KEY DRIVERS OF FUTURE SMART CITIES

Co-organised by the Science and Innovation Network Germany (SIN), German U15, Imperial College London and BABLE

26 May – 21 July 2020, 8.30 – 11.00 GMT, 9.30 – 12.00 CET

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Event summary

Why are some cities hotspots for science and innovation and others aren’t? What will be the role of science in future cities after the Coronavirus pandemic? Are universities turning into mini Smart Cities?

Join our virtual event series Universities & Research Organisations – Key Drivers of Future Smart Cities filled with insights from leading innovation experts from Germany and the UK. In our five-part series we will explore the special roles that universities, research and innovation will play in the future of urban areas.  

Listen to short expert lectures from UK and German representatives, take part in the subsequent Q&A and get actively involved through the breakout sessions. In each event, participants will dive deeper into certain aspects of the respective topic, meet with professionals working on similar issues and share personal experiences. Participants of the event series are keen on engaging internationally and see potential in cross-national cooperation.

The event series is co-organised by the UK Science and Innovation Network Germany (SIN), the German U15, the Imperial College London and BABLE, a young Morgenstadt spin-off facilitating innovation in cities.


Format

Each event will be structured as follows:


Format Duration Summary
Inputs 45 minutes Two well-focused statements of 10-15 mins. each (one German, one British expert), 15 mins. Q&A
Breakout Sessions 1 hour Participants discuss specific themes in virtual groups – supported by a moderator. The overall aim is an exchange of best practices and the identification of the most relevant research topics as well as potential areas for cooperation.
Aggregation, Discussion & Conclusion 30 minutes Aggregation of the discussions within all Breakout Sessions.

Programme

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Post Corona Future - The Role of Cities & Universities

The Corona pandemic is globally a huge shock to societies and cities are often particularly affected by the virus (e.g. New York, Madrid). At the same time, it reinforces, accelerates and changes existing megatrends for cities: their role as hotspots for science and innovation, as labs for social trends, as hotspots for start-ups, as trendsetters and masterminds for politics. In our first session we’ll be addressing key questions like:

  • How do we define future cities and what will Corona change?
  • What will be the role of science in future cities after Corona?
  • What are the most pressing questions for innovative cities in future?
Setting the Scene
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Alexander Schmidt

CEO & Co-Founder
BABLE

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Dr. Jan Wöpking

Managing Director
German U15

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Dr. Olaf Kranz

Head of Science & Innovation Germany, Switzerland & Austria
British Embassy Berlin

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Pierre Filohn

Organisational Development & Communication
BABLE

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Heather Kerst

Senior International Relations Officer (Europe)
Imperial College London

Speakers
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John Holden

Associate Vice-President for Major Special Projects
University of Manchester

Innovation District Manchester

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Maria Habigsberg

Project Manager Talent I Science Marketing, Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH

Brain City Berlin

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Matthias Kuder

Spokesperson for Higher Education and Research Governing Mayor of Berlin Senate Chancellery

Brain City Berlin

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Approaches to Transform Cities into Smart Urban Areas

Which political/strategic programmes for future cities are in place – in the UK, in Germany and in other countries? Which role do research and innovation play in this context?

Speakers
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Robert Huggins

Professor of Economic Geography and Director of Research and Innovation at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, and Director of its Cities Research Centre

Innovation, Cities and the Pandemic

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Innovation Districts: Cities as Hotspots for Research and Innovation

How does the urban research and innovation ecosystem work? Why are some cities hotspots for science and innovation and others aren’t? How do society, universities and start-ups successfully work together?

Speakers
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Pr. Maggie Dallman

Vice-President (International),
Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships) and
Professor of Immunology,
Imperial College London

White City

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Pr. Neil Alford

Associate Provost (Academic Planning),
Imperial College London

White City

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

University Campus and Research Architectures of the Future – Are University Campuses Turning into Mini Smart Cities?

How does the future campus looks like? In many future cities the campus is the nucleo for innovation: research, start-ups and living take place together.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Open Science, Open City, Open Society – Interactions between Science, City and Society

Universities and cities have been separated areas for many centuries - now they are growing closely together. Only together can society and universities maintain the trust in facts and truth and avoid populism or fake news.

  • Which forms of exchange are there for cities, science and society in future cities?
  • Which role does society play for science?

Further Information

How can I join the ‘Universities & Research Organisations – Key Drivers of Future Smart Cities’ virtual event series?

Sign up here if you would like to join one or several of our virtual events. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email from us. We will send out emails with a link to the online event platform Remo for each of the upcoming events closer to the date. These emails will also contain all relevant information e.g. options for breakout sessions and technical requirements.

Who organises the ‘Universities & Research Organisations – Key Drivers of Future Smart Cities’ virtual event series?

The virtual event series is co-organised by the UK Science and Innovation Network Germany (SIN) , the German U15, the Imperial College London and BABLE, a young Morgenstadt spin-off facilitating innovation in cities.

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More questions?

Just get in touch with us - we are happy to help.

Natalie Wolf
Natalie Wolf
Event Coordination
natalie@bable-smartcities.eu