Round Table 2016 “Smart Cities = More Sustainable?”

Workshop held by the British Embassy in cooperation with the Langenburg Forum for Sustainability


On June 27th and 28th 2016, the Science and Innovation Network and the Langenburg Forum for Sustainability invited 50 handpicked experts from Great Britain and Germany to discuss the future of big cities and urban spaces.

Participants from politics and public administration, companies, and scientific networks presented their approaches to face essential sustainability challenges of urban mobility. The attendees debated, which business models can be utilized, in order to fulfill the mobility requirements of urban society and how these can take shape, be managed, and be made available for sustainable use by means of infrastructure. Solutions from the only European metropolis, London, were compared to certain approaches from other major cities, such as Stuttgart or Berlin and examined regarding scalable potentials.

The German-British exchange took place after the Referendum in Great Britain over its membership in the EU. In particular, the dinner preceding the workshop was characterized by debates on the future of Great Britain, Germany, and the EU.

Program 28th June 2016

09:30 – 09:45   Welcome
Sir Sebastian Wood, British Ambassador to Germany
Nick Leake, Head of the EU & Economic Section, British Embassy Berlin
Joschka Fischer, former Vice Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

09:45 – 11:15   Smart Cities = Sustainable Cities?
Florian Lennert, Director, Intelligent City, London School of Economics LSE
Martin Powell, Global Head of Urban Development, Siemens AG

11:30 – 13:00   Mobility 2.0 in Urban Areas – More Connectivity and less Cars?
Dr Carl Friedrich Eckhardt, Head of CoC Urban Mobility BMW Group
Prof John Polak, Director of Urban Systems Labs, Imperial College London
Ella Taylor, Senior Policy Advisor, Connectivity and Infrastructure, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, London

14:00 – 15:30    Governance in Smart Mega Cities – How will Infrastructure Policy for Transportation be Decided in Densely Populated Areas?
Dr Michael Münter, Head of the Mayor‘s Policy Office
Antony Page, Founding Principal, Urban DNA Solutions
Petr Suska, Project Manager Morgenstadt, Fraunhofer IAO

15:30   Conclusions
Justin Mundy, Director of HRH The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit (ISU)

Die Konferenz wird feundlich unterstützt von: