Monday, 13 May

Pre-Event: Young Researchers' Forum more information

Tuesday, 14 May

Day 1: Innovative Solutions

Fish Auction Hall, Hamburg

08:00 – 09:15
09:15 – 09:30
Conference Opening and Improvisation Theatre
09:30 – 10:00
Welcome Address
10:00 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:45
Panel: Innovative Solutions
12:45 – 13:45
Lunch Break and Access to Market Place
13:45 – 15:15
Challenges and Innovations
in Future Megacities
15:15 – 15:30
Short Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:30
Market Place, Poster Walk
and Short Films
17:30 – 17:45
Improvisation Theatre
17:45 – 18:45
Evening Lecture
18:45 – 19:00
19:00 – 22:00
Hamburg Harbour Cruise on Boat with Dinner

Wednesday, 15 May

Day 2: Implementation
and Transfer

Fish Auction Hall, Hamburg

08:00 – 09:00
09:00 – 09:10
Improvisation Theatre
09:10 – 10:10
Panel: Challenge of Implementation
10:10 – 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:30
Thematic Working Sessions

Waste / Water / Energy / Architecture /
Planning Mobility / Capacities / Participation /

12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
Visions 2020+ – The Energy- and Climate-Efficient Future Megacity
14:30 – 15:30
Panel: Making Visions Real – Upscaling Innovation
15:30 – 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30
Panel: Making Visions Real – How to bring Innovation to Scale?
17:30 – 17:50
Young Researchers Award
Ceremony / Closing Remarks
17:50 – 18:00
Wrap - Up with Improvisation Theatre
18:00 – 18:30
Break and Flying Buffet
18:30 – 20:45
Evening Lecture

Please note: this programme is
subject to change

16 May

Day 3: Excursions

IBA / HafenCity


Photo Credit – IBA Hamburg GmbH / Johannes Arlt

Confirmed Speakers

Olaf Scholz

Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Jeb Brugmann

The Next Practice, Toronto, Canada

Prof. Albert Speer

Architect and Urban Planner. Founder of the Company “Albert Speer & Partner”, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Roslynn Greeff

Managing Director and Mayoral Committee Councillor for Development Planning and Urban Management, City of Johannesburg, South Africa

Holger Dalkmann

Director EMBARQ - the Centre for Sustainable Transport, World Resources Institute, USA

Samih Sawiris

Chairman of Orascom Development AG, Egypt

Dr. Hend Farouh

Associate Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development. The Housing and Building National Research Center, Giza, Egypt

Prof. Jörn Walter

Senior Construction Director, State Ministry for Urban Development and the Environment (BSU) of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany

Dr. Debra Roberts

Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department for the eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa

Dr. Monika Zimmermann

Deputy Secretary General ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability World Secretariat Bonn, Germany

Prof. Dr. Khaled El-Araby

Chair Professor of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering at Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Uli Hellweg

Managing Director of International Building Exhibition - IBA Hamburg GmbH, Germany

Prof. Dr. Chris Zevenbergen

Department of Urban Water and Sanitation in the core Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Systems (SUIS) at UNESCO-IHE. Director Business Development Department DuraVermeer Group, The Netherlands

Werner Landwehr

Director oft GLS Gemeinschaftsbank, Berlin, Germany

Ho Long Phi

Director of Center of Water Management and Climate Change (WACC), Viet Nam National University, HCMC, Vietnam

Monday, 13 May

Pre-Event: Young Researchers' Forum (by special invitation)

IBA-Dock, Hamburg

In the run up to the conference, a “Young Researchers’ Forum“ will be held on May 13th 2013 at IBA-Dock, the headquarters of the IBA Hamburg.

The event is especially designed for young researchers, who were engaged in research activities related to the nine BMBF Future Megacities-Projects. It is addressed to both German alumni as well as scholarship holders from partner countries who have been participating in the BMBF-DAAD programme “Study and Research Scholarships of Today for the Megacities of Tomorrow” (Vietnam, India, China, Iran, Peru, South Africa, Ethiopia and Morocco). Postdocs and PhD, diploma, master and bachelor students who will have submitted their final thesis by May 2013 are invited to actively participate in this event.

The Young Researchers’ Forum will offer ample opportunities for professional exchange and networking. It will include

  • short introduction to the BMBF- Future Megacities programme and the DAAD scholarship programme
  • posterwalk of submitted projects
  • presentations of best practice and prize-winning papers and
  • World Café on new research projects, methods and hypotheses.
  • Young Researchers Award is currently under consideration.

The Forum will be held in English. Admission is by invitation only. Should you be interested in participating send an email to, stating your background and relation to the BMBF Future-Megacities programme.