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Masterplan Science

Dortmund is already a successful location for science and is now developing even further with its "Masterplan Science".

With seven universities and 19 internationally respected non-university research establishments, Dortmund provides a wide-ranging, high quality research environment.

Dortmund - City of Science

The more than 52,000 students and almost 11,000 staff at the scientific establishments and universities here play an important role in Dortmund society and have considerable direct and indirect economic impacts.

Science is also a motor for social and economic structural change and is a pacemaker for regional development. In order to continue strengthening Dortmund as a scientific location, in the summer of 2011 the City Council resolved to develop a "Masterplan Science" for Dortmund.

On 13 June 2013, with a large majority, the City Council adopted the "Masterplan Science" which had been drafted in cooperation with the universities, scientific institutes, local businesses and the arts scene in Dortmund.

The Masterplan is the shared product of a large number of establishments from the worlds of science, business, the arts and society in the city who have all agreed to work proactively towards its implementation. The Masterplan, with approximately 100 proposals for action, is now in the implementation phase, and is being accompanied by Prof. Dr. Detlef Müller-Böling, the facilitator of the Masterplan process.

1. Dortmund Science Conference

The 1st Dortmund Science Conference on 5.11.2014 was one of the direct results of the Masterplan. The current status and the latest results of the project were presented to guests from the foundations and from the political and scientific communities. The key scientific field of "Biomedicine and substances research", which is also part of the Dortmund Masterplan, formed the second focus of the conference.

Details of the "Masterplan Science"

Of course, the Masterplan wants to present Dortmund's success story as a City of Science, including all the variety, excellence and potential it has to offer, but it also aims to promote Dortmund as a location for science within the city, the region and also on national and international levels. The focus is on Dortmund continuing its development as a "City of Science”".

Many scientific partners such as the TU Dortmund University, the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund, non-university institutions and business partners such as the TechnologieZentrum Dortmund, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Chamber of Skilled Crafts, the students, the trade unions association, the students union, DSW21 and many others, have, in cooperation with the City, worked together on developing and implementing future visions for Dortmund as a "City of Science". The Caspar Ludwig Opländer Foundation in Dortmund has also supported the Masterplan with a financial contribution.

Accompanied by the steering committee and facilitated by the external, independent consultant Prof. Dr. Müller-Böling, seven working groups with around 100 members developed proposals for six different fields of action. (Masterplan Science, Band 1, Aims and Measures). The "Masterplan Science" is managed by the City of Dortmund in the Office of the Lord Mayor and Council Affairs in close cooperation with the city’s Economic Development Agency and the rectors of the universities.

In the Council meeting of 13 June 2013, Prof. Dr. Ursula Gather, Rector of the TU Dortmund University, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schwick, Rector of the University of Applied Sciences and Prof. Dr. Müller-Böling as the facilitator, explained the processes within the "Masterplan Science".

The City Council approved the Masterplan with a large majority and instructed the administration to become involved in implementing the plan in cooperation with the universities, scientific establishments, businesses and other partners in the Masterplan process.

Prof. Dr. Müller-Böling, as honorary representative, and the steering committee are now accompanying the implementation of the "Masterplan Science". Partners from the scientific, business and city communities have clearly stated that they are committed to continuing to work proactively on the implementation of the Masterplan.

Work has already begun on these joint measures according to the different prioritization levels within the schedule.

In November, the 1st Dortmund Science Conference presented the Masterplan to the public and discussed how it is progressing.