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Alumni Seminar from 22 to 29 April 2018 at TU Berlin

Alumni Seminar “Smart Cities” - 22 to 29 April 2018 at TU Berlin

Economic, social, environmental, spatial and cultural challenges are steadily growing in the face of increasing urbanization and changing environmental conditions. A key challenge for sustainable cities is to develop innovative and tailor-made concepts and implementation strategies for infrastructures and individual requirements in urban areas. Here, actors from municipalities, research, society and industry are in demand.

Technological progress plays a key role here. Smart City is a label that brings together activities and projects at the local level with the global challenges, and links them to developments in science and product design that change the way people interact socially and in space. The Smart Cities debate is also conducted outside western industrialized countries, and the approach is also transferable to existing cities, for example in the MENA region. However, clear and relevant pilot projects and case studies can be found in significantly larger numbers in cities such as Berlin. This is why the alumni seminar is to take place in 2018 at the mother campus of the TU Berlin. The view on the subject of smart cities should not be reduced to "high tech" as is often the case, but should be considered above all from the perspective of "appropriate technologies". In regions like MENA less expensive and complex, locally available and established technologies are promising.

The "Smart City Platform - Urban Lab", based at the Technische Universtät Berlin, is currently building an Urban Testing Laboratory on the subject, which can be profitably used for the Alumni Seminar. As a broad think tank in Berlin on the subject, experts can be gained in this way and visits to relevant stakeholders as well as excursions to case studies can be organized. Participants will gain insight into current research through presentations by TU scientists and external experts. In order to promote dialogue and provide specific input, alumni also contribute their own contributions.

The seminar is supported by the DAAD



22.04. 2018 - Sunday 
Reception, Welcome Speech and Orientation, Campus Tour and Press Encounter
Meeting with TU Berlin Vice President

Smart City Concept and Discourse
TU Berlin Smart City Platform – Urban Lab
Appropriate Technologies: Vernacular Architecture

City Tour Berlin – Smart City

Networking Dinner

23.04. 2018 - Monday
Architecture in Smart City
Energy Efficiency and Life Cycle Costs for Newly Planned Residential Building in Egypt
Rating Systems for Sustainability – A Contribution to Smart City Development
Smart Concepts for the New Generation of Egyptian Towns

Urban Infrastructure in Smart City
Urban Lab El Gouna – A Small Town on the Way to a Smart City
Smart Architecture- The Need for Flexibility

Excursion- Smart City Components in Berlin

24.04. 2018 - Tuesday
Smart Mobility
Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Smart Transportation in Berlin
Smart Transport – The Case of Morocco

Excursion- e-mobility in Berlin

25.04. 2018 - Wednesday
Water and Energy Aspects in Smart City
Water Related Aspects in Smart City

Energy Saving Air Conditioning System
Green Roof Technology
Energy Revolution in Berlin- Rearranging Public Lighting in Berlin to LED – Field Observation

Excursion- EUREF Campus Berlin, Networking Workshop with Different Actors

26.04. 2018 - Thursday  

Smart Governance- State of the Art Urban Planning
Interdisciplinary Urban Planning – The Key to Smart Cities?
Decentralization and Participation
Case Study- Smart Algiers

Networking Workshop between Alumni and Current Students

27.04. 2018 - Friday
Travel from Berlin to Hannover
Excursion, Visit Exposium

Visit Smart City Components in Hannover

28.04. 2018 - Saturday

Meeting with Different Stakeholders in Hannover

Visit Different Offices in Hannover

Travel Back to Berlin

29.04. 2018 Sunday
Wrap Up
Comments from Participants
Concluding Lunch



The deadline for application is 15 January 2018

Terms of Participation

Eligibility Criteria:
Alumni with academic and/or professional background in the fields of urban planning, civil engineering, architecture, energy engineering, water engineering, urban development, informatics, economy and with experience and or interest in the prospect of smart cities.

Participation and Sponsorship
The participants have to engage actively during the entire alumni seminar. The reimbursement of travel expenses will be up to 550.00 € upon submitting the valid document. Egyptians and other MENA region participants will receive 96.00 € (up to 9 days) as daily allowance.


Management Team

Prof. Dr. Matthias Barjenbruch, Institute of Civil Engineering, Department of Water Engineering and Director of the Central Institute El Gouna
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schäfer, Study Dean- Urban Development Program, Central Institute El Gouna
Papon Dev, MSc, Academic and Research Associate, Department Urban Development Campus El Gouna
Steffie Harth, Student Assistant

Cooperation partner: Alumni Program TU Berlin

Management and cooperation partner

The alumni seminar will be supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

We are looking forward to your registration


El Gouna Office

M.Sc Papon Kumar Dev

Tel: +49 (0)30 314-75721
Mobil: +49 1521 8330275
E-Mail: dev@tu-berlin.de



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