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Knowledge creates city


Knowledge creates city

The city of Bremerhaven has been subject to numerous changes in the course of its history. Once the largest fishing port and the largest emigrant city, the maritime city is now a city of science.

Already more than 40 years ago, the German Maritime Museum, the Alfred Wegener Institute and today's Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research and the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences laid the foundation for the coming development. Since then, numerous other scientific research institutions have settled in the city area. In 2017/18 alone, two further institutes (DLR - Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute) opened their doors in Bremerhaven.

How has science influenced Bremerhaven's urban development? Which hurdles were and are still to be overcome? What can local research institutions contribute to anchoring the topic of science in the urban society? What contribution can the German Maritime Museum make to structural change? Experts* discussed these and other questions on our museum ship GRÖNLAND on 24 May 2018.



More information about Science and urban development.

Panel discussion

Bremerhaven has developed into a city of science. With the format "Places of Dialogue" the DSM offers a platform for a direct exchange between research institutions, the university, local companies, civil society and politics. In this way, the DSM can be a "Maritime House of Science" and facilitate sustainable cooperation on maritime topics and issues.


Keynote lecture

Dr. Lars Kröger – Grönland crew member & research assistant at the DSM


Prof. Dr. Matthias Kleiner is President of the Leibniz Association and can provide insight into the influence of Leibniz institutes on urban development.

Prof. Dr. Eberhard J. Sauter is head of the staff unit Technology Transfer at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research and will report on the development and public commitment of the institute in Bremerhaven.

Dipl. Ing. Nils Schnorrenberger  is managing director of the Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH and has been familiar with the economic and scientific landscape of Bremerhaven for many years. He will present past and planned economic development projects.

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Wesselmann is doing research on city marketing at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück. In current new project which expectations students have of cities as places to study and work.



Mayke Walhorn is a science journalist with the public broadcasting company.

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