The unit Science City Hannover is located in the Lord Mayors Office of the state capital of Lower Saxony, Hannover. One of Science City Hannover’s assignments is to coordinate and conduct the Hannover Science Initiative and its projects.
The Hannover Science Initiative consists of all nine universities in Hannover, several research institutes, counselling centres, foundations, and municipalities. It works with questions of siting, mutual benefit and cross-fertilisation of ideas, with multi-level cooperation and expertise in the collaboration of science and policymaking. Its objectives are to boost Hannover’s attractiveness as a centre of scientific excellence, enhance the general conditions for students, advance internationalisation, open up institutes of higher education and science to and in the city, and to foster cooperation between science and industry. The long-term aims of the network are a continuous linkage between science and city structures and the strategic entrenchment of Hannover’s academic landscape into the city’s policy.

– Lighthouse project: The multi-media portal is aimed at young adults in Germany for whom the Internet and education are key elements of daily life, with the goal of raising their interest in Hannover as a center of academic and scientific activity. In 2018, more than 555 videos provide content for guidance in education, science communication, and controversial issues in science and society. The portal is unique in Germany, bringing together all 14 key partners in Hannover’s fields of higher education, research and City administration.

– “November der Wissenschaft”: Every two years, for three weeks in November, Hannover becomes a showcase for some 70 entities from universities, scientific, educational and cultural institutions. Around 150 events attract 45,000 visitors. Scientific, educational and cultural institutions invite science fans big and small to a multifaceted program of talks, workshops, tours, and exhibitions.

– “Wissenschaftliche Sozietät zu Hannover” was founded in 2014, and is an association of academics in different disciplines. In cooperation with the City, the association fosters discussions on controversial research topics to increase the reflection on the responsibility of scientists in the tradition of Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz.

Members of the Hannover Science Initiative: Leibniz University Hannover, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover Medical School, Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, FHDW Hannover, Leibniz School of Business, GISMA Business School, Lower Saxonian Municipal University of Applied Administrative Sciences, Geo Center Hannover, the Fraunhofer Institute of Toxicology und Experimental Medicine, the Volkswagen Foundation, the Hannover Student Services, the Business Promotion Service of the state capital Hannover and the Hannover Region and the state capital Hannover (coordinator of the Initiative).

Contact person: Theda Minthe
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Address: Trammplatz 2, 30159 Hannover