Panel “Modern industry in urban space”


Growing cities, the digitalization of industry and climate change present companies with great challenges, but also open up a wide range of opportunities: Siemensstadt 2.0 is an innovative and sustainable project – embedded in the 120-year-old Siemensstadt – that aims to create new connectivity between the areas living, working and culture, actively involving citizens in the planning process.


In our panel “Modern industry in urban space”, which will take place from 11:00 to 12:00, Dr. Karina Rigby (Siemens AG), Prof. Dr. Andreas Zaby (Berlin School of Economics and Law), Mia Rolf (Ideon Science Park, Lund/Sweden), and Arzu Tekir (Urbanite Venture) will discuss the following questions, among others:


What potential does production in the city offer? What approaches is Siemensstadt 2.0 opting for and how will they fit into the Berlin innovation landscape? What opportunities for modern concepts – from mobility management and the integration of renewable energies to the digitalization of the city – emerge as a result? And what concrete benefits does the further development of Berlin into a “smart city” have for small and medium-sized enterprises?

Panel “Sustainably smart: Urban energy supply of the future”


With the rapid growth of cities, their share of global energy consumption is also increasing. Conversely, cities are key players when it comes to energy transition and climate protection.


In order for the urban energy transition to succeed and the goal of climate neutrality in large cities to be achieved, it is more important than ever to develop concepts for the future of energy supply. Also for the industrial sectors located in the city. A great opportunity is offered decentralized energy supply, which – unlike conventional supply patterns – “democratizes” the energy market.


What standards and criteria must be met for the implementation of decentralized mechanisms? What conditions are necessary to develop a sustainable, intelligent urban energy system? How can small and medium-sized enterprises best implement promising ideas?


Dr.-Ing. Kerstin Busch (Berliner Stadtwerke GmbH), Claudia Kemfert (DIW) and Andreas Kuhlmann (dena) will provide answers to these questions from 13:30 to 14:30. Join the discussion; we look forward to welcoming you to the panel “Sustainably smart: Urban energy supply of the future”.

Panel “The power of the ecosystem: How cooperation advances innovation”


Innovation and agility are key drivers for economic success – of companies, regions and countries. Entire branches of the economy are being redefined; product life cycles and processes are designed for ever shorter periods of time. Events such as the corona pandemic reinforce this insight and increase the pressure to act.


The importance of tailor-made ecosystems in which companies, start-ups, individuals and institutions are ideally interlinked, is becoming increasingly apparent.


This raises questions: How can productive and sustainable networking be achieved for industrial companies in urban areas? Which synergies play a role in this? What are the best practices of innovative cooperation? Catherine Bischoff (Factory Berlin), Eva Kellershof (Fair), Dr. Bernhard Lingens (University of St. Gallen) and Nicola Breyer (OptioPay) will discuss these and other questions with you from 13:30 to 14:30 in our panel “The power of the ecosystem: How cooperation advances innovation”.

Panel “On course for the future: Mobility concepts for the city of tomorrow”


The both efficient and sustainable interaction of growing cities and increasing mobility is one of the great challenges of our time. For the first time ever, more people worldwide live in cities than in rural areas. Industry is also celebrating its renaissance in the city. Innovative and sustainable mobility plays a decisive role in ensuring that the city of tomorrow remains livable for everyone. Future-proof urban economic areas require sustainable mobility concepts – flexible, clean and space-saving.


From electric mobility and car sharing to modern logistics and transport concepts and the expansion of public transport infrastructure: In order to establish forward-looking concepts, we must act today and set the course for tomorrow.


What paths to a new urban mobility are we prepared to take? How does mobility management balance commercial and private needs? And what is the ideal design for future infrastructures in urban areas with a high proportion of electric mobility and renewable energies?


Answers and food for thought will be provided by the panel “On course for the future: Mobility concepts for the city of tomorrow”, which will be held from 13:30 to 14:30. Susanne Henckel (VBB), Timon Rupp (The Drivery), Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz (Institute for Transport Research) and Jure Mikolčić (Stadler Pankow) will be taking part.

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