Learning City: Scientific Monitoring / LCity2030

Aims and Tasks

The city of Gelsenkirchen has reached the second stage of the contest "Future City 2030+" ("Zukunftsstadt 2030+") of the German Federal Ministry for Research and Technology with the contribution "Learning City – Education and Participation as Strategies of Socio-Spatial Development" ("Lernende Stadt – Bildung und Partizipation als Strategien sozialräumlicher Entwicklung"). It is planned to transform ideas, wishes and visions developed during the first stage into tangible activities. For this purpose the special interest groups "Strengthening (out-of-school) Education and Learning Centres", "Strengthening Urban Districts, Quarters and Networks" and "Learning by Using New Media" were set up. Each group is accompanied by a group of researchers; IAT accompanies the special interest group on new media.

This work is interrelated to research threads at: participatory software development, e-learning, learning organizations, knowledge society and citizen commitment. Within the framework of the topic "Civil Society and Commitment" of the research department spatial capital, the scientific interest of the IAT focuses on the further development of the new subtopic "Citizen Science". In addition, IAT is interested in transferring previous research results from knowledge sharing to citizen science issues, where new findings about knowledge society are expected.


The main task is to attend the meetings of the group on "Learning by Using New Media", in a moderating way. Scientific input must be provided, whilst the members of group will be supported in developing aims for their work and to strive for them in a stringent way. Taking part in a mid-term and a final conference as well as the documentation of the work results in an interim and a final report will top off IAT’s participation in this project.