Light-weight, fuel-efficient vehicles suitable for serial production, quiet, low-emission aircraft, active agents for combating infectious diseases, personalised medications, metrology for nanotechnology, or strategies for the interlinked city of the future: by focussing our research activities in these areas, we make significant contributions to the great challenges. To reach this goal, we cooperate closely with the internationally renowned research facilities in Braunschweig.
According to forecasts, more than three quarters of people will live in cities in the future.
In the research area Future City, we are exploring how cities can continue to meet the needs of their inhabitants in the face of the far-reaching challenges of a globalized world, advancing urbanization, dwindling resources, and climate change.
We meet the challenges of future urban development by bringing together different disciplinary approaches, expertise and perspectives from researchers and industry partners. In our cooperation we focus on inter- and transdisciplinarity!
What makes our research focus so special, however, is above all the view beyond city boundaries. We strive to understand cities not only physically, but also in all their depth: historically, literarily, philosophically, socially and ecologically.
Materials and components measuring only millionths of a millimetre have become indispensable in many procedures. Their measurement is a challenge that requires new approaches in nanometrology, including a determination of the limits of what can be measured. The LENA research centre, working with German metrology institute PTB, is dedicated to this field of research.