Spatenstich für das Innovationszentrum: DESY-Direktor Helmut Dosch, Wissenschaftssenatorin Katharina Fegebank, Bürgermeister Peter Tschentscher, Geschäftsführer Arik Willner und Universitätspräsident Dieter Lenzen (v.l.n.r.). © Daniel Reinhardt

Construction of Science City begins in Bahrenfeld

Groundbreaking ceremony marks build of Hamburg's new innovation centre

Construction of the new 2,600 square metre Science City Bahrenfeld campus is now underway following Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony attended by Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg and Katharina Fegebank, Deputy Mayor and Senator for Science, Research and Equality. The build is part of a joint project involving DESY, the University of Hamburg and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Science – an engine of urban development

Apart from rooms and laboratories, the new campus will provide infrastructure for the transfer of knowledge from science to industry. “Science that no one knows is not beneficial,” said Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Dieter Lenzen, President of the University of Hamburg. “This is why we, DESY and the university, have decided with the city to found an innovation centre that will pave the way for drawing entrepreneurial consequences from scientific results.”

Innovative research campus

The groundbreaking ceremony is an important step towards Science City Hamburg. The aim is to create a vibrant district in which work, research, study and living can be combined. Start-ups in scientific fields will have access to offices and meeting rooms, laboratories and co-working spaces as well as some 2,500 apartments on the new campus. Construction is due to be completed in early 2021.

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