Dear Climate-KIC summer school participants,
Dear ladies and gentlemen,
since medieval times, Frankfurt has been a city for handcraft, trade, commerce and industry and continues to be one of the leading economic centres within Europe today. Being home to the European Central Bank, the German Bundesbank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange it is also among the world’s leading financial hubs. Given the city’s economic importance for the Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region as well as for Germany, it is our ambition to secure and strengthen Frankfurt’s competitive Advantages.
In our days, we are confronted with many challenges such as climate change and the extensive consequences it might have on our way of life and our economic system. Frankfurt has decided very early to combine its growth and prosperity with ecological principals: We want to develop Frankfurt into a “Green City” by 2050 in order to assure a good living quality for our citizens. This goal can only be achieved if all partners within the city will support the idea of a sustainable future economy and provide new concepts for value creation.
This last topic is the one you will be working on during your Summer School. I am very interested in seeing your projects and the innovative ideas you will develop in that time. Fresh perspectives on our city and the challenges we are facing here, might help us to uncover the potential which lies hidden in our systems and structures. You can give us new perspectives on how to design our Green City Frankfurt as a city of economic diversity, financial well-being and climate-friendliness.
Your work can further present visions of how Europe can be a frontrunner in climate-driven economic prosperity through fostering networks and cooperation between public authorities, science and the industry. Last but not least, I hope that you will take many insights and inspiring experiences back home with you.
I welcome you to Frankfurt and wish you an interesting and enjoyable time!
City of Frankfurt, Department of Economy
Patron of the Climate-KIC PhD Summer School 2015