In 2050, two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities. Their citizens are increasingly using digital infrastructures in all relevant areas: energy, transport, health, and administration. This makes us dependent on these systems and, at the same time, makes them vulnerable to natural disasters, human or technical failure, crime, and terrorism. The LOEWE Center emergenCITY is working on solutions that make our cities safe, even in crises. The solution concept is interdisciplinary and includes modern information and communication technology as well as the historical, legal, social, and structural aspects of urban planning. emergenCITY wants to create robust infrastructures that guarantee help during and after a crisis, to enable a return to normality as quickly as possible.

Leading Organizations


Technische Universität Darmstadt


Philipps-Universität Marburg
Universität Kassel


Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

LOEWE Program

LOEWE is the research promotion program of the federal state of Hesse, Germany. Established in 2008 it aims to set research policy trends and to give a sustainable boost to Hesse’s research landscape. LOEWE funds excellent research projects and especially the cooperation between academia, non-university research institutes and businesses. emergenCITY is funded by LOEWE from 2020 to 2023.



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