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Hamburg and MIT expand collaboration

Hamburg University, DESY, HafenCity University intensify co-operation in urban research

A delegation led by Hamburg’s Deputy Mayor Katharina Fegebank, the Vice President of Research at HafenCity University (HCU), Prof. Gesa Ziemer, and the Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, Kent Larson, signed Friday (September 6, 2018) an agreement prolonging and intensifying co-operation with the institutes in Boston until 2021. Scientists from the University of Hamburg, DESY and MIT also laid the foundation stone to establis a Trans-Atlantic Grand Challenges Network.

Co-operation between MIT and HafenCity University

The co-operation between MIT and HCU will focus on digital methods of participating in planning housing, new forms of urban mobility in suburbs, e-culture and the integration of urban data on a central platform. It will feature digital applications for various actors from science, politics, civil society and business. HCU and MIT have been collaborating since the CityScienceLab was set up in 2015.

Grand Challenges Research Network

The MIT, the University of Hamburg and the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) now want to establish a “Grand Challenges Research Network”. This would address major scientific and social challenges in areas such as structural and infection biology, nano and photon sciences and ultrafast chemistry. The network’s medium-term goal is to set up joint, structured research and junior staff development programmes.

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