On 18 July 2016, exactly one day after the Leipzig Fraunhofer institute celebrated its tenth anniversary, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW joined the "Morgenstadt: City Insights" innovation network. The network intends to carry out research into the worldwide best systems and solutions that will allow the cities of tomorrow to function sustainably. It is a collaborative effort by industry, science and local government stakeholders.
Over the next two years, the Fraunhofer IMW will participate in the innovation network with contributions on the key socio-technological and socio-economic aspects.
On the occasion of the institute joining the network, Professor Dr. Thorsten Posselt, the head of the Fraunhofer IMW, emphasized the importance of the innovation network: ”The developing knowledge increasingly demands more of the economy, the industry, policy-makers and society as a whole, and along with this also of urban centers, their technical and socio-economic design and their management. Just like companies and research institutions, cities can obtain information and knowledge in many very different ways and input their own knowledge and information. One of these ways is the participation in innovation networks. Together with 'Morgenstadt: City Insights', we are shaping the future.”
The ”Morgenstadt: City Insights” innovation network was established in June 2012 and now consists of more than 40 partners from research, industry and local government bodies, including ten Fraunhofer institutes, major multinational companies such as SAP, Bosch or Osram and cities such as Chemnitz, Prague, Lisbon and Buenos Aires, for example. The network coordinator is the Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart.
See here for more information about the innovation network ”Morgenstadt: City Insights”: http://www.morgenstadt.de/