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Research dialogue and Day of the University Dialogue

Germany has more than 400 universities and thus a dense network of education and research institutions.

Countless institutes focus on current issues relating to cities. The National Urban Development Policy has undertaken to tap this existing potential and elaborate on urban issues together with representatives of the world of science and research.

The Day of the University Dialogue organized by the National Urban Development Policy create the relevant framework for this. At the annual events, representatives of the federal and state governments, local authorities, science and research interact on current urban development research topics. In the accompanying dialogue with the universities, the discussion focuses on current methods, on aligning research projects, and on fostering interaction between the different disciplines and colleges. One key element of the university dialogue is to bring cutting edge research into contact with young or trainee urban planners. The "Young Specialists Design the Future” is one such project offering students the opportunity to work on cross-university planning topics of the future in a sequence of summer schools. Moreover, under the heading of “Participate – New Ways to Involve the Public" young planners in four cities are given the chance to develop new ideas and concepts to involve the public in processes relating to public space.

The National Urban Development Policy runs a database on Ph.D. and research projects by young scholars and thus provides another element to strengthen close networking between policymakers and university researchers. The database gives an overview of current urban research in Germany and strongly helps the academics align their research work.

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