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Wissenschaft, natürlich!: City and health

Wissenschaft, natürlich!
Event takes place at the WZB (Reichpietschufer 50/ 10785 Berlin)

Life in our cities is changing. Climate change, the influx of many people and the densification of urban neighborhoods are playing a major role. It is estimated today that 2.5 billion people will live in cities by the middle of this century. The topic of "city and health" will consequently become increasingly important in the coming decades - in the world, in Germany and in Berlin. This is already indicated today by heat waves and air pollution.

We therefore need to ask: How do we bring both - city and health - together in a meaningful way so that people can live well in the city under the changed climate conditions? How do social structures, lifestyles, energy, water and mobility systems shape our lives in cities? Who manages to live healthily and who does not? What are the distribution conflicts? How can the multiple burdens in certain neighborhoods be mitigated?

We want to take a closer look at these questions at our next event of the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and the Museum of Natural History Berlin (MfN) in the series "Science, of course!". We cordially invite you to the panel discussion "City and Health" on Monday, July 10 at 6 pm.

The transformation of urban living conditions will be linked to the climate crisis this evening. After all, Planetary Health, the state of the Earth and the well-being of people, must be thought of together. Urban planning aspects will also play a major role in our discussion. What can a health-promoting and integrated urban development look like? And finally, we want to look to the future. The city of tomorrow: What will it look like, how will we live, how will we get around? How can nature and the city be brought together? And most importantly, how do we create space for our children?

On the podium

  • Jan Paul Heisig, Head of the WZB Research Group Health and Social Inequality
  • Kim Grützmacher, Head of One Health/Planetary Health, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN)
  • Christa Böhme, German Institute of Urban Affairs, Project Manager Urban Development, Law and Social Affairs
  • It is moderated by the journalist and author Shelly Kupferberg

Informationen zur Veranstaltung

  • Registration under this link
  • Event takes place at the WZB (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung/ Reichpietschufer 50/ 10785 Berlin)
  • From 19:30: Get-together
  • The event takes place in german

In the series „Wissenschaft, natürlich!“, the Museum für Naturkunde and the WZB join forces to publicly discuss issues across disciplinary boundaries: It is about social cohesion in times of political and social divisions, about the ecological crisis and about the role of science itself.