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Shaping the future: Potential for the Lüneburg - Lübeck region through the new Hamburg Metropolitan Region 2045 model


14. Jul - 19. Jul

The spatial model of the Hamburg metropolitan region is the overarching theme of the Summer School, which will take place at Leuphana University in Lüneburg from 14 July to 19 July 2024 in cooperation with students from Lübeck University of Applied Sciences, the University of Hamburg and HafenCity University Hamburg.

  • Registration is possible by e-mail to Prof. Dr Ursula Kirschner (ursula.kirschner@leuphana.de) by 01.07.2024.

The vision for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region 2045 was developed against the backdrop of various factors. These include dynamic social developments, economic changes and the need to create sustainable strategies for regional development. In this context, the mission statement is seen as a groundbreaking instrument to steer the metropolitan region in a successful, future-orientated direction. It is intended to serve as a basis for identifying opportunities, utilising potential and sustainably improving the quality of life in the region.

As the mission statement is a very extensive and complex topic in terms of content, it should be limited to the tangent, the Lüneburg - Lübeck section. Possible focal points could be housing, culture, climate and visibility beyond the borders. The working method is interdisciplinary. The visionary results are to be incorporated into the current discourse on the mission statement.

SUMMER SCHOOL 2024, which is taking place in Lüneburg, will run for one week and is being coordinated by the Association for Urban, Regional and State Planning (SRL). Various specialist lectures and excursions will shed light on the topic from different perspectives. Visions will be developed in interdisciplinary working groups and presented to the public on the last day, to which guests from the municipalities are invited. Each working group will produce an A0 poster (digital) by the presentation date.

Participation is free of charge.

The Summer School is aimed at BA and MA students from all study programmes who would like to take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic.


  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ursula Kirschner