How Cities Will Change


The DAAD Science Tour 2016 Visited RWTH Aachen.

  Professor Vallée talking in front of an audience of DAAD Science Tour participants Copyright: © Andreas Schmitter Professor Vallée presented current research projects in building energy efficiency and sustainable urban and mobility development to an audience of DAAD Science Tour participants.

Today, more than half of the world’s population is living in cities. This number is expected to rise to more than 75 percent by 2050. Projections like this pose interesting challenges to urban developers worldwide, and this development is also in the focus of the DAAD Science Tour 2016, titled “City of the Future.”

The Science Tour, which receives funding from both the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF, gives international researchers the chance to visit renowned universities to learn more about current research in the areas of smart cities and urban change. This year, an international delegation of researchers visited the RWTH Institute of Urban and Transportation Planning ISB, the Institute of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building E3D, and the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University.


Professor Dirk Vallée, the Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Chair of Urban and Transportation Planning, welcomed the 30 international researchers to RWTH Aachen University. Together with Professor Christoph van Treeck and other civil engineering researchers, Professor Vallée presented current research projects concerned with energy efficiency of buildings as well as sustainable urban and mobility development.

The researchers discussed questions such as, “What electric mobility innovations help secure future urban mobility” and “How can future buildings provide a secure, healthy, and pleasant indoor climate?”

Subsequently, the delegation of researchers visited innovative mobility projects such as a car-sharing station and bicycle rental system.

Source: Press and Public Relations