Metropolitan Cities


Aachen 02. - 03. June 2020

Highlights 2019



*Extract of the previous speakers

*Extract of the previous speakers


Tuesday, 02 June

10:00 - 11:00am

Metropolitan Cities is driven by the vision of a possible bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032. The opening session will present the current opportunities for sustainable and consistent development of the region.

11:00 - 12:00am

What can we learn for the design of metropolitan cities from software and technology companies? The impulse shows which innovative solutions a tech group would have in store for the most urgent challenges in metropolitan cities and what this could mean for the design of a metropolitan region.

12:00 - 14:00pm

The use of artificial intelligence in metropolitan cities leads to new solutions for citizens. Through the targeted application for the end user, new potentials can be raised that change life in Metropolitan Cities and create a pleasant and sustainable quality of life. This will enable a development strategy for scalable solutions that creates incentives for companies and investors to make the necessary investments that enable the sustainability necessary for the development of an efficient metropolitan region.

14:00 - 15:30pm

Start-ups develop urban innovations with the necessary speed. In cooperation with corporations, they are the driving force behind innovations and innovation systems. The Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region is already the frontrunner when it comes to start-ups, and the aim is to build on this successful position. To this end, it is necessary to maintain investments in the early phases of a start-up in order to strengthen innovation and thereby build up a sustainable business for all stakeholders and not just shareholders.

15:30 - 17:45pm

In order to reduce the never-ending traffic jams, urban areas need new vehicle concepts that relieve the strain on the roads by significantly reducing the amount of space required on the road to transport people and goods. For this purpose, shuttle-based systems must be increasingly used and enable individual sustainable mobility by means of hydrogen for long distances from a luxury service to a service for all citizens. However, road transport is not always the most suitable means of mobility. Rail and air transport must be made more productive in order to make different modalities and their links usable for the realisation of end-to-end chains as a key factor for future mobility.

Wednesday, 03 June

08:00 - 10:00am

The #MC2032 Innovation Breakfast serves as the main program for exchange & networking between investors, companies and start-ups in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere with first class table captains.

10:00 - 12:00am

The availability and securing of key resources is a decisive competitive factor for metropolitan cities. Access to capital for innovative and forward-looking concepts for cities and regions is becoming a distinguishing feature. Financing opportunities are essential for the Metropolitan Cities innovation ecosystem. Only through financing can scaling effects be used to build platforms, but investments in technology-driven enterprises should not be underestimated. The construction of sustainable cities of the future as platforms and real laboratories for new technologies can be a starting point here.

12:00 - 14:00pm

A central success factor in the design of urban spaces is a decentralised infrastructure. A flexible combination of buildings enables new utilisation concepts in the entire area. Advanced energy concepts create energy self-sufficient areas, novel mobility and logistics concepts allow areas to be used without motor vehicles and modern working concepts allow residents to make effective use of these areas. New real estate concepts are emerging, e.g. for mobility hubs, which not only enable the transfer point for mobility, but also new services on the periphery of urban centres.

14:00 - 16:00pm

Compared to other industries, emissions from the logistics industry are rising. Ever smaller batch sizes are being transported as a result of increasing service levels and the associated individualisation of products. This service growth contrasts with pollutant emissions and must be addressed by new logistics concepts for faster and more flexible distribution of goods. Autonomous systems and robots are supporting technologies.

17:55 - 18:00pm

Theses and statements of the two event days about the future strategy of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.

*Provisional agenda (subject to change)

What is this about?

The initiative METROPOLITAN CITIES embodies the vision of interconnecting and mobilizing all people of the fifth largest metropolitan region in Europe: Rhine-Ruhr. Numerous companies, research institutions and the public sector have joined forces to develop and promote innovations in the field of sustainable cities and mobility.

As annual highlight, the METROPOLITAN CITIES congress presents all continuous activities which pave the way for the application to the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032 as Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.

The inevitable transformation of mobility will have a considerable impact on people’s lives in the future. In cooperation with RWTH Aachen University and other renown Universities as well as the RWTH Aachen Campus, the METROPOLITAN CITIES congress will highlight exciting future issues of connected mobility and digitization. Creating a platform for pioneers from business, science and politics to discuss and solve the most pressing challenges facing metropolitan regions.

Moderated workshops on both congress days give you the opportunity to shape specific topics and actively participate.


METROPOLITAN CITIES has the vision to remove local innovation barriers and realize an economic and ecological future concept for a digitally connected and mobile region.

Through digital networking of people and companies, communities and digital ecosystems are driven forward. By integrating innovative companies and start-ups, the attractiveness of the region as a place to live and work will elevate. Digital and physical infrastructures form the foundation for the region. Essential requirements are an open and secure database of all relevant data (Regional Data Lake) and an infrastructure that enables the implementation of planned mobility concepts.

People & Mobility
Finance & Resources
Physical Infrastructures
Digital Infrastructures
Cities & Regions
Logistics & Transportation
Buildings & Spaces
Innovative Ecosystems


Why attend?


Exchange ideas with other decision makers in business, science and politics and expand your business network.


Meet successful startups and be inspired by their ideas.


Meet successful startups and let their ideas convince you.


Exchange ideas with decision makers from business, science and politics and expand your business network.


Meet important decision makers from business, science and politics and expand your business network.


Exchange ideas with investors and convince them of your business idea.


Profit not only contentwise but also personally by the spreading of your idea.









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Cluster Smart Logistik

Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Gudergan
Campus-Boulevard 55
52074 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 47705 104


Rhein Ruhr City GmbH

Kai Meesters
Im Welterbe 10
45141 Essen
Phone: +49 221 940577 21

Cluster Smart Logistik

Birgit Merx
Campus-Boulevard 55
52074 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 47705 150


Rhein Ruhr City GmbH

Steffen Günther
Im Welterbe 10
45141 Essen
Phone: +49 221 940577 22