Spatial strategies of the sciences

Further Partners

Institutions that participated

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

University of Heidelberg

University Teaching Hospital Heidelberg

European Molecular Biology Laboratory – EMBL

SRH Hochschule

Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum

Heidelberg University of Education

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research

Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies

Max Planck Society


Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg

State of Baden-Württemberg (Minister Bauer)


City of Heidelberg

IBA Heidelberg


Land Baden Württemberg

Contact Person

Carla Jung-König


In the developed industrial nations economic and social developments are crucially driven by innovations, research, and education. »Knowledge« as a factor depends on the specific spatial situation. First, quite pragmatically: Research institutes need space to develop, they must be readily accessible. Moreover, it is important that the quality of the place is right, that the people working in R&D are stimulated by contact with other scientists and creative minds. Science needs an environment that supports open-mindedness and creativity, which offers young start-ups opportunities to develop. To this end, science must be lively and present in the city – both in everyday life and in the education hubs.  

In order to intensify communication between the city administration and the sciences, IBA assumed the role of intermediary and coordinated the interaction between the various players. It thus invited experts who together explored the preconditions that knowledge cities require in order to develop productively. Examples from other cities were presented and jointly analyzed in the »Knowledge+City LAB« set up for this purpose, and stimuli for scientific institutions and the city administration identified and discussed. Together and resulting from this, a spatial vision was devised: spatial strategies for the sciences. These highlight what potentials have hitherto not been tapped and where improvement is needed going forwards – from stronger links to the region through to networking individual buildings.

At the same time, this planning basis corresponds with the City of Heidelberg’s development plans and thus comprises an important element of urban development in coming decades.

Heidelberg’s spatial strategies for science are consciously destined to strengthen knowledge as a resource in the urban fabric and link scientific development potentials to urban development plans. In this way, a specific future spatial perspective is created that exploits local and regional specifics in order to strengthen the city as a knowledge and science hub and to embed this at the different levels of quarter, city, and region while also anchoring the hub in national and international alliances.

1. March 2014


1. March 2016


1. June 2016

Forum Wissenschaften (Sciences Forum) N°1 – with Graphic Recording

1. October 2016

Forum Wissenschaften (Sciences Forum) N°2

1. July 2017

Forum Wissenschaften (Sciences Forum) N°3

1. January 2018

Forum Wissenschaften (Sciences Forum) N°4

1. April 2018


1. July 2019

LABOR Wissen + Stadt (Knowledge+City LAB) N°1

1. March 2020

LABOR Wissen + Stadt (Knowledge+City LAB) N°2

1. October 2020

LABOR Wissen + Stadt (Knowledge+City LAB) N°3

1. February 2021

LABOR Wissen + Stadt (Knowledge+City LAB) N°4

1. November 2021

LABOR Wissen + Stadt (Knowledge+City LAB) N°5