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Co-operating for a new boom region: Hamburg at the Fehmarn Belt Days 2014

Development and growth through scientific co-operation. Vice Mayor of Hamburg met in Copenhagen with top politicians from northern Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

Together with Prof. Helmut Dosch, director of DESY in Hamburg, Pia Kinhult, Governor of the Region Skåne, and other participants, Hamburg’s Vice Mayor Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt discussed questions of closer scientific co-operation at major research institutions in the Øresund region and their contribution to sustainable regional development.

Collaborations for future growth

Stapelfeldt emphasised that scientific knowledge is gained today in an international context, beyond national and regional boundaries. Co-operation is therefore the order of the day, both in substance in the research projects themselves, as well as the financing of the necessary infrastructure. The Hamburg Senate determined a “Baltic Sea Strategy for Science in Hamburg” in January 2014. Thus, for example, would DESY, Hamburg University, the Research Lab MAX IV (Sweden) and the University of Lund (Sweden) work closely together.

Formation of a new science network

During the Fehmarn Belt Day 2014, the the science network LINK was founded an association of universities, large research facilities and public institutions of regional development. This network will continue the successful results of the recently completed pilot INTERREG project “Science Link”. Specifically, it aims to develop new forms of co-operation between companies and the large research facilities of the region to further expand the Fehmarn Belt region to a leading innovation region. At a panel discussion with politicians of the STRING co-operation, Stapelfeldt exchanged opinions with the Danish Minister of Transport Carsten Hansen, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment of Schleswig-Holstein, Dr. Robert Habeck, and the Governor of the Skåne region Pia Kinhult. The panel discussion covered topics such as sustainable growth, environmentally friendly mobility, renewable energies, and future-oriented jobs.


The STRING co-operation covers a region of about 8.4 million inhabitants in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein plus the region of Sjælland, the capital region and the city of Copenhagen in Denmark, and region of kåne (Scania) in Sweden.

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