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Priority Axis 1: Promoting innovation and knowledge

1.1: Innovative Technologies strand

AUF Applied Environmental Research Programme

Greenhouse with algae

The Applied Environmental Research Programme supports innovative scientific projects which help to protect the natural environment and to maintain the quality of life. At the same time, it aims to strengthen research which stimulates a sustainable economic development in the State of Bremen and the surrounding region. NEXT

CFK-INTEGRAL Aviation Project

Development of a process chain for the manufacture of highly integral components from carbon-fibre reinforced composites (CRP – German CFK), taking a landing flap as an example.
Part of a flap made ​​of CRP

Aircraft construction has traditionally been a key industry in the Bremen region, with around 10,600 employees and an annual turnover of approximately € 0.8 billion. Its outstanding importance for the city derives primarily from the very high proportion of value added by R&D, of around 40 %, and from what has developed into a world-wide radius of activity in the sector. NEXT

Aerial robotic project go!CART

In future, aerial robots or unmanned flight systems will be deployed in a variety of automatable air-based observation missions, particularly relating to the fields of the environment and security. Under the go!CART project, the forward-looking subject of aerial robotics is being initiated as a cluster of excellence entitled CART (competitive aerial robot technologies) in the State of Bremen, including players from outside Bremen, with a view to developing the necessary technologies and processes for the economic and safe operation of such systems. NEXT

PFAU -Programme to Support Applied Environmental Technologies (2008 -2013)


The Programme to Support Applied Environmental Technologies (PFAU) assists collaborative projects involving both companies and scientific institutions to develop, design and test innovative products, processes and services with a positive environmental impact. NEXT

IAB Establishment Panel

Every year, the Institute of Employment Research (IAB) carries out a representative national survey of employers on corporate indicators of investment and innovation activities. As Bremen makes a financial contribution to this survey, it is possible to undertake a Bremen-specific evaluation. The aim is to gather information about the expectations and views of Bremen-based companies on their innovation or investment plans, so that if necessary targeted assistance can reduce deficiencies. NEXT

Bremen Technology Centre, Bre-TeC

Initiation and expansion of BRE-TeC, a Bremen Technology Centre

The origins of this project, which is extremely significant for Bremen’s technology, aircraft construction and automotive manufacturing sectors, is the increasing pressure worldwide to reduce lead times and costs, especially in aircraft construction and automotive manufacturing. In order to boost the regional competitiveness in this sector, AVIATRONICS (a Bremen-based consortium of small and medium-sized component suppliers) and BIBA, a Bremen-based engineering institute (Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH), as well as part of Airbus Bremen, have joined forces to redesign test and verification facilities in the field of product development at various sites and subsequently to link these up. NEXT

Vacances GmbH and Bremer Pflegedienst GmbH

Team At home in the neighbourhood

These two companies are receiving ERDF assistance in order to collaborate on the model project At home in the neighbourhood with academic backing from the Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP) of Bremen University. Also co-operating on the project are GEWOBA AG and Gesundheit Nord gGmbH. NEXT

membranotec GmbH & Co KG

laboratory for cleaning bio-methane

membranotec is receiving funding from the European Regional Development Fund in order to realise a project entitled Membra-Met together with Bremen University. The aim of the project is to find out whether a new type of nanomembrane can be used as part of a commercial cleaning process in small and medium-sized biogas facilities. NEXT


Shot of the island Helgoland (georeference)

FIELAX Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH, a scientific data processing company, is receiving assistance to realise a project with the scientific objective of surveying the spread of algae on the areas of the Wadden Sea around Heligoland and recording any changes in growth over the long term. To this end, pictures will be taken from the air using a sensor in a motorised glider. The light spectra picked up by the sensor subsequently need to be processed by computer in several steps before they can be scientifically evaluated. The project partners are the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and OHBSystem AG. NEXT

Quality assurance in the manufacture of composites as a kick-off project for EcoMat

Netzwork Material Process Testing

The Community project Quality assurance in composites manufacturing is being funded as a major precursor to the EcoMat research and technology centre planned for Bremen which will specialise in lightweight construction. The implementation of this R&D project aims to boost Bremen as a base for technology, aerospace and automotive construction in order to enhance regional competitiveness. NEXT

1.2: Knowledge and Technology Transfer strand

Support for the establishment of the Institute for Marine Resources – imare – in Bremerhaven

mussel growth

The state of Bremen already possesses an outstanding range of maritime research capacities. In Bremerhaven, these include in particular the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and Bremerhaven University. In Bremen, there is the Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) at Bremen University, with the Research Centre Ocean Margins, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and the Centre for Marine Tropical Ecology. The aim is to utilise the existing maritime science capacities by means of intensive co-operation with the broad spectrum of commercial maritime enterprises also located in Bremerhaven and Bremen in a way that benefits the region. A contribution is thus to be made towards improving the economic structures and towards safeguarding and creating jobs. NEXT

Support for the Institute for Marine Resources (imare) – pilot phase

The new Institute for Marine Resources (imare), initially part of Bremerhaven University in the pilot phase, is intended to develop technological applications from basic research and to work with regional companies to turn them into products in co-operation with scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and Bremerhaven University. NEXT

Promoting the CWMT

Center for Wind Energy and Maritime Engineering

The Center for Wind Energy and Maritime Engineering (CWMT) is aiming to further expand the State of Bremen and Bremerhaven in particular as a German centre of excellence for rotor blades and maritime technology. The core focus of the CWMT is to be on research, development and testing of rotor blades. The work is to include the use of computer simulation and experimental processes on materials, wings, construction methods and verification of technical reliability. The ERDF programme is assisting the CWMT’s 2nd building phase. This consists of a second testing shed for the rotor blade centre of excellence and a new building for offices, workshops and laboratories. NEXT

DLR - Institute of Aerospace Systems of the German Aerospace Centre in Bremen

Space flight is of great economic and strategic importance for Bremen – as indeed it is for Germany and Europe. In addition to the public-sector funding for space flight from the Federal Government, the European Union (EU) and the European Space Agency (ESA), the commercial space flight market is also of substantial importance: jobs are created not just in the space flight industry, but also in the related markets which are based on space flight technology and the applications made possible by it, or on findings from space flight research. NEXT

Environment businesses initiative (iuu)

The environment businesses initiative (iuu) – infrastructure to support the environmental industry and to foster corporate ecological efficiency – is intended to put in place an overarching infrastructure for sustainable business activity in the State of Bremen. The merging and further development of the existing tried and trusted components partnership environment businesses (puu) (assisted under the 2000 – 2006 Objective 2 Programme) and Focus on corporate ecological efficiency advice (BÖE), and of the new priority of supporting the environmental industry, is intended to strengthen the regional structures of the environmental industry and of environmental research in terms of co-operation, networking, innovative capacities and market access. NEXT

Innovation cluster Multifunctional materials and technologies (MultiMat)

material example

The establishment of the innovation cluster Multifunctional materials and technologies (MultiMat) aims to create a network between companies in the region and materials science establishments in which new materials are to be processed on a cross-sectoral basis. The research and development work being done by the innovation cluster is primarily focused on technologies in the aerospace, automotive, wind energy, shipbuilding and marine sectors. Since it is an open network, additional sectors can be included. NEXT

Workshop on Computer science in commerce: utilising the potential of women

Elizabeth Pollitzer

The European Gender & ICT Conference was held at Bremen University from 5 to 7 March 2009. The symposium aimed not least to discuss the preconditions for better opportunities for women to access training, research and production in the field of information and communication technologies. Multipliers from technology, technology development, media, computer science and the natural sciences were to be informed about the latest developments in international studies and activities. NEXT

Bremerhaven’s Maritime Research and Development Mile

boat exercise

The relocation of bremenports to the new Atlantic City Hotel in Bremerhaven has freed up areas around the northern fisheries port and the merchant port. A new utilisation concept has been developed for these areas, involving the establishment of a Research and Development Mile (R&D Mile) focused on maritime subjects. To this end, the old bremenports site is to be transformed into a technology and start-up centre. In addition to office, laboratory and workshop facilities, a research pier is to be built at which research vessels can directly dock and load and unload supplies. Tenants of the new R&D Mile technology and start-up centre are to include the new Institute for Marine Resources (IMARE) and commerce-related working groups of the Alfred Wegener Institute. NEXT

BRIG - Assistance for the Bremerhavener Innovations- und Gründerzentrums (BRIG) GmbH

logo Brig

The aim of the Bremerhavener Innovations- und Gründerzentrum (Bremerhaven Innovation and Start-up Centre, BRIG) is to improve the start-up conditions for innovative small and medium-sized companies which receive organisational, commercial and technical support here whilst they are building up their business. The BRIG also regards itself as an information and technology exchange for the companies based there and for the region, and as a moderator in the processes of innovation. NEXT

IWES - Promotion of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES in Bremerhaven

new building

The expansion of the Fraunhofer Centre for Wind Energy and Maritime Technology into a Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) in Bremerhaven is being assisted under the ERDF programme. NEXT

MeVis Research GmbH - Integration of MeVis Research GmbH into the Fraunhofer Society

One of the high-growth sectors of the 21st century, the healthcare industry is a field of innovation in Bremen’s scientific and economic policy. In this context, medical technology is a core field of innovation in the healthcare system: it is a forward-looking sector in which Germany is still one of the world’s leading competitors. In particular, the world is seeing a massive increase in the use of computers in image-based medical diagnostics and therapy. NEXT

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Support for a research and administration building for the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Bremen
Underwater robots

The DFKI needs more space so that it can work closely together with companies, especially on developing, testing and optimising components for maritime technology like autonomous underwater vessels. In particular, the extra space for the DFKI should foster close co-operation with companies at the interfaces to developments and applications in space flight and maritime technology. NEXT

Extension to the Bremerhaven Institute for Food Technology and Bioprocess Technology (BILB)

The Bremerhaven Institute for Food Technology and Bioprocess Technology (BILB) is being extended and is acquiring the very latest scientific and technical equipment. NEXT

Package of measures to develop the EcoMaT technology centre

 Design for the new building

In the period up to 2016, the EcoMaT technology centre (Centre for eco-efficient Materials & Technologies) will be built in the Airport City as a central project in the context of the cluster strategy. In co-operation with Airbus, EcoMaT is to provide a central, cross-cluster perspective for Bremen-based companies and research establishments for the field of materials and lightweight construction, to the benefit of the aerospace sector in particular. NEXT

1.3: Corporate Performance and Adaptability strand

Women in Work and Commerce


The Women in Work and Commerce project offers advice to women both in and out of work, both with and without a migratory background, on questions of career orientation, career planning, further education and training, and setting up in business. The target groups include women of various age-groups and from various cultures. NEXT

Future in Work (ZiB) – Careers co-ordination and advice office for women


The ZiB is run by the Arbeitsförderungs-Zentrum im Lande Bremen GmbH, the State of Bremen’s employment promotion centre, as a neighbourhood careers advisory service for women in Bremerhaven. Since it is an institution to promote women, its advice on careers orientation and further education and training, its advice on setting up in business, its advice for migrant women and its advice on the realisation of part-time training courses is aimed at women in all sorts of situations, both with and without a migratory background. The range of services comprises individual advice sessions, coaching, group advisory sessions and informative events. The general aim is to integrate women into the world of work by improving access to the labour market, to the vocational training market and to the capital market. NEXT

Project on integrating work and family life

excellent companies

The project aims to improve the employability of people in work by helping companies to organise themselves in a way which enables people to reconcile work and family life better. The service is aimed at small and medium-sized firms and at all employees with family commitments. The project is being run in co-operation with the Bremen Employees Chamber, the Central Agency for the Achievement of Equal Rights for Women and the Evangelical Church in Bremen. NEXT

BRUT - programme of the State of Bremen

Assistance for new start-ups by university graduates and young professionals
BRUT overview

The assistance available for new start-ups by university graduates and young professionals under the BRUT programme of the State of Bremen is being continued in the context of the ERDF programme until the end of 2014. NEXT

Health and Safety at Work Initiative

The State of Bremen’s Health and Safety at Work Initiative is intended to launch collaborative projects which can provide a high-grade contribution from Bremen to Germany’s overall strategy on health and safety at work. It is intended to develop examples of approaches which prove their worth in practice in companies and can therefore be included in the regular activities of the regional players (labour inspectorate, accident insurance funds, health insurance funds, etc.), with a view to supporting the establishment of independent health and safety at work systems in the region’s companies, and in small and medium-sized firms in particular. NEXT

Promotion of investment to adapt labour-market measures to advances in technology

The use of modern technical equipment (e.g. hardware and software) in training measures means that new approaches can be taken to teaching course content and also fosters training on the sort of modern office equipment which is increasingly used in day-to-day life and which people often need to be able to use if they are to get a job. NEXT

Priority Axis 2 Activating Urban and Commercial Areas

2.1: Suburban Centres and Neighbourhood Developement strand

Reconstruction of Wartburgstrasse

construction work

Wartburgstrasse is part of the Waller Heerstrasse upgrade area. The aim of the reconstruction work in Wartburgstrasse is to make the road a more pleasant place to spend time in and safer to travel along. Wartburgstrasse is one of the main routes through Walle and borders Wartburgplatz, a square on which a market is held three days a week. NEXT

Robinsbalje Neighbourhood Education Centre

new building

The neighbourhood education centre is a network based around Robinsbalje elementary school and Robinsbalje childcare centre which aims to improve the educational opportunities for children, young people and their parents via an enhanced leisure and advisory service for children and families. NEXT

Bremen-Marssel Neighbourhood Centre

new building

The Sports Centre of Sportgemeinschaft (SG) Marssel e. V. is to be expanded into a movement-oriented and health-oriented neighbourhood centre. In recent years, the work done by the SG Marssel sports club and the range of sports it offers have done much to stabilise the social structure and to integrate incomers. The expansion of sports and leisure activities provided by the schools means that the facilities used by the club are fully booked up, so that capacity constraints are preventing the club from providing additional services. This particularly affects services for children, adolescents, women and mothers. NEXT

Neustadt neighbourhood initiative


The funding for neighbourhood initiatives makes a structural contribution towards strengthening the local economy, boosting economic output, and enhancing internal cohesion in the individual neighbourhoods. The aim is to improve the economic and social situation in the neighbourhoods. NEXT

Gröpelingen neighbourhood initiative: Gröpelinger Marketing e.V. and Kultur vor Ort e.V.

Weserwege 2010

Gröpelingen’s neighbourhood initiative consists of two partners: Gröpelinger Marketing e.V. and Kultur vor Ort e.V. Both of these associations receive ERDF funding and work closely together. NEXT

Suburb marketing for Hemelingen (2009 - 2012)

trade show

The main focus of the work to market the Hemelingen district is support for the local economy and better networking of the five subdistricts of Hastedt, Sebaldsbrück, Hemelingen, Mahndorf and Arbergen. NEXT

Promoting the neighbourhood initiatives

The promotion of neighbourhood initiatives is a structural policy intended to strengthen local commerce, to boost the economic output and to reinforce the inner cohesion of the various neighbourhoods. The aim is to improve the economic and social situation in the neighbourhoods. NEXT

Upgrading of the Leherheide district centre

new libary

Leherheide-West is one of the socially disadvantaged parts of Bremerhaven, with an above-average level of unemployed people and migrants. The suburb is also disproportionately hard-hit by shrinkage. Without intervention, it is likely that the centre of the district will become a total wasteland within a few years. The consequence would be the loss of numerous jobs close to where people live. Leherheide-West is already having problems, and the loss of a functioning centre would mean a substantial decline in standards of living and residential quality. NEXT

Revitalisation of Alte Bürger in Bremerhaven – opening of a neighbourhood office

citizens' advice bureau

The street Alte Bürger in Bremerhaven is in the Mitte district, bordering the district of Lehe. Not least thanks to its historic architecture, Alte Bürger developed into an area for pubs and restaurants in the 1980s. In the vicinity there are many small streets with small apartment blocks, historic residential buildings, cafés, retail outlets, areas of greenery, cultural facilities, and much more. NEXT

A place for environment – education – encounters (Bremerhaven)

An environmental education project is being realised in the light of the increasing public awareness of questions of nature, biodiversity, climate change and energy: the Dohrmann Villa in the Wulsdorf district is being rebuilt and extended to serve as a place for environment – education – encounters. This will be an education, information and services centre for biodiversity, sustainable lifestyles and renewable energy. NEXT

Gröpelingen neighbourhood education centre

Primary school on the road Fischerhuder

The elementary school on Fischerhuder Strasse is to be expanded to become an all-day school with a neighbourhood education centre. It will also have a canteen. With this in mind, the old building is being modernised and having an extension built on. The neighbourhood education centre will be located on the upper floor of the new building and will be able to use both the canteen and the kitchen outside school hours. NEXT

Neighbourhood management in Geestemünde

The central area of Geestemünde suffers from a high volume of traffic, an increasing number of cheap outlets, and ugly shop fronts and shop window displays. As a result, there is a lot of vacant property along the streets. Some buildings are in danger of becoming dilapidated. Furthermore, Geestemünde has virtually no cultural or leisure services. These problems make Geestemünde a less attractive place to live. NEXT

Blumenthal development concept – Bremer Wollkämmerei Masterplan

Plan Bremer Wollkaemmerei

Bremen’s wool combing company in Bremen-Blumenthal, Bremer Wollkämmerei, was closed in early 2009. The resulting decline in industrial jobs went hand in hand with a loss of important services and functions in the centre of Blumenthal, with structural change in the retail sector, a shift in preferences and increased mobility of the residential population. NEXT

Real estate management in the old centre of Blumenthal

marketplace Blumenthal

The centre of the Blumenthal district is to be made more attractive again in future. Bremen’s ERDF fund is providing €60,000 for the position of a real estate manager. The job will involve upgrading the town centre by renovating buildings and elaborating a concept for the district NEXT

Dialogue-oriented expert planning procedure for the centre of Osterholz (the Swiss district)

street sign

In the Swiss district in Osterholz, the local tram system is to cease using the end-of-line tram loop. This area is located right in the centre of the district, and is to be used for measures to strengthen the district like services or a weekly market. NEXT

Experiencing nature in Leherheide

The district of Leherheide consists of three places: Königsheide, Fehrmoor and Leherheide-West. Leherheide-West in particular has an above-average number of people on welfare benefits, an increasing amount of vacant property, both residential and commercial, and serious local concerns about security. NEXT

Geestemünde goes to the water

ERDF funding to realise the leisure space concept

The leisure space concept Geestemünde goes to the water marks an important milestone on the way to implementing the urban redevelopment strategy in Geestemünde. The aim is to shift the focus back towards Geestemünde’s location directly on the waterfront, with a view to making the district more attractive. The implementation of the concept drawn up by the offices for urban planning, environmental protection and horticulture will open up the district towards the Yacht Harbour and the main canal. NEXT

WIEGE- reconstruction of the market garden at the former Blockland youth detention centre


More than six years ago, the prison at Blockland was closed down, and the youth detention responsibilities were taken over by Oslebshausen prison. The facility, which was built in 1966, is now to be used in the interest of Gröpelingen district. As part of the project entitled WIEGE, some of the dilapidated buildings and areas of the former prison are to be returned to agricultural and horticultural use in order to offer training and employment projects for offenders. NEXT

Expansion of the construction work at the Bremer Wollkämmerei trading estate

Historic axis

The Bremer Wollkämmerei (a wool combing company) was delisted after 119 years on the stock exchange in 2007. At the beginning of 2009, this major employer closed down the factory, which dated from the 19th century, in the centre of Blumenthal in response to the effects of global structural change. NEXT

Hemelingen – marketing a district for the future

Setting up a marketing concept for Bremen-Hemelingen in 2013
Hemelingen – marketing a district for the future

Much has happened in Bremen’s Hemelingen district in recent years. Backed by the ERDF funding programme, a marketing campaign has been established, focusing on the development of the district and its five sub-districts. The retail sector in particular has benefited from this in recent years. NEXT

Construction work for labour-market schemes – modernisation and conversion of buildings

Improved standards and changing rules governing workshops to promote training and employment mean that the workshops, classrooms and training facilities used by local providers need to be modernised or converted. This measure also aims to open up the facilities to other groups of users in order to back the inclusive approach of district development. NEXT

Bringing life back to the wasteland at Blockland

New user concept for the former youth detention centre at Blockland

In contrast to modern prisons, Oslebshausen prison, which was in uninterrupted use from 1871, has close links with the district. Firstly, the detention centre is located right next to a residential area, and secondly many former offenders decide to settle in Gröpelingen and other relatively deprived areas in the vicinity. This creates particular challenges for the district in terms of the occupational and social reintegration of former offenders. NEXT

Conversion of the pavilion in St.-Gotthard-Strasse

Pavilion summer 2013

The extension to tram line 1 made it possible to close and remove the tram turning loop in St.-Gotthard-Strasse, Bremen-Osterholz. This has created a square in the centre of Osterholz which in future is to function as the neighbourhood centre for Osterholz/Swiss quarter. NEXT

2.2: Developement or Urban Economic Areas with Special Potential strand

Redevelopment of the upper section of Schlachte

 upper section of Schlachte

The key project of the coming years for the development of Bremen’s inner city is the realisation of the Stephani media area. Now that Radio Bremen and the Volkshochschule (adult education facility) have come to the area, with the various resultant private-sector building and conversion projects, there is a unique opportunity to put in place the type of improvement in the entire neighbourhood which has long been desired in terms of urban development policy, based on the concept of a media area with a mixture of services (especially media-related services), retailing, catering, educational and cultural facilities, and residential property. NEXT

Offshore wind power development project in Bremerhaven

Aerial view Luneort

The development of the southern fisheries port / Luneort into an offshore wind power centre necessitates developmental measures and the provision of specific infrastructure at Labrador Port. The 2007 – 2013 ERDF programme is assisting the construction of two pier plates suitable for heavy loads. These will enable unimpeded access to Labrador Port, so that all the market players can handle the offshore components developed and produced in the southern fisheries port. This measure is a precondition for the establishment of Luneort as a manufacturing base for the offshore wind power sector. NEXT

Offshore wind power development project in Bremerhaven: 2nd construction phase

By expanding wind power and attracting manufacturing companies from the renewable energy sector, the State of Bremen is pursuing long-term and sustainable economic structure and climate policy strategies. NEXT

Technology Neighbourhood Development Programme

Technology Park

The development programme is intended to help make the Technology Park at Bremen University an internationally competitive, attractive and lively neighbourhood in the city. The development programme is based on a comprehensive analysis of the current developmental problems and, with the planned business park management, the profiling of key investment focuses, the placing of marketing activities on a permanent basis and other measures, it contains a package of actions to attain this goal. NEXT

Überseestadt area of potential

Überseestadt aerial

Three ERDF projects have so far been specified for the Überseestadt area of potential as designated in the ERDF programme. The central objective of the measures is to add to and strengthen the development points which exist at different places in the area by building suitable and sophisticated infrastructure and high-quality public spaces. In particular, the priority should be on realising short, attractive connecting routes between the various areas of commercial activity. This will enhance the area, with a view to attracting more companies from innovative sectors like the creative industry. NEXT

Renovation of the former Bremerhaven Maritime Board of Inquiry

Maritime Board of Inquiry

The former Bremerhaven Maritime Board of Inquiry can be found in a central location in the entrance area of the Havenwelten tourism facility, next to the German Emigration Centre and the Klimahaus 8° Ost. The former Maritime Board of Inquiry is one of the few historic buildings which still recall the city’s history as a port of emigration, and is a valuable building in both architectural and historic terms. NEXT

Überseestadt Marketing Association


Überseestadt is increasingly developing services in the field of culture, leisure, entertainment and tourism. The Überseestadt Marketing Association was founded on 23 February. The association consists of the business people in Überseestadt, along with the BTZ (Bremen Central Tourism Office) and the WFB (Bremen Economic Development). The association aims to pool the existing strengths in order to promote the image and raise awareness of Überseestadt via joint activities, thereby attracting attention from beyond the region. The Bremen Central Tourism Office has been given the task of running the office which will implement the joint marketing, gain further members and organise events. The ERDF assistance provides start-up funding for the first five years; the association is to be self-supporting from 2015. NEXT

Expansion of the German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven


The German Emigration Center is to have a two-storey annex linked to the existing building via a glass bridge. The ground-breaking ceremony was on 15 April 2011, and the building is to be completed in Spring 2012. The costs of the new building, totalling approx. €4.5 million, will be partly funded by the ERDF. NEXT

Havenwelten SAIL Summer 2011

Havenwelten SAIL Summer 2011

A fleet of windjammers, open-air concerts, live acrobatics and an antiques market: tourists and locals will find a summer full of attractions in Bremerhaven this year. The reason for this is the holding of the first Havenwelten SAIL Summer 2011, a new series of events on the site around the New Port which is being partly funded by the ERDF. The event is intended to market the popular Havenwelten tourist attraction, which includes the German Emigration Center and Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost, as an ensemble and as a symbol of the city. NEXT

Media area in the Stephani district

Stephani district

Following the relocation of Radio Bremen and the adult education institute to the Stephani district in 2007, the district’s media area is to develop further. In future, more companies from the creative and media sectors are to be attracted to set up there, so close to the city centre and Schlachte, and are to give the neighbourhood a distinctive profile. NEXT

Havenwelten Sail Summer 2012 – 2014

Sail 2012

Following the success of Havenwelten SAIL Summer 2011, the Havenwelten Summer series is to be continued with a total of six separate events each year, to raise awareness beyond the region of the Havenwelten Bremerhaven tourist area and thus also of the commercial potential of Bremerhaven. NEXT

Expansion of the Sea Zoo in Bremerhaven

Sea Zoo

The North Sea Aquarium was opened in 1913, becoming the nucleus of today’s Sea Zoo. In 1928, the North Sea Aquarium was extended to include a small external site, the Animal Grottoes, housing mammals and birds. However, the aquarium remained at the heart of the zoo, which was renamed Zoo am Meer (Sea Zoo) in 1984. The zoo was modernised between 2001 and 2004 – not least with ERDF funding. The new concept abandoned the continuation of the aquarium. NEXT

Universum Bremen – sustainable exhibition and financing concept

The scientific experience museum Universum Bremen has become one of the city’s key features. In the context of Expo 2000 in Germany, the first part of the facility, the Science Center (Wal), was opened as a purely private-sector establishment. Over the last few years, more than 100,000 people a year have visited the 4000m² permanent exhibition, which covers the topics Expedition Mankind, Expedition Earth and Expedition Cosmos. In 2007, the Universum® was extended to include the DiscovererPark outside area and the cube-shaped SchauBox. Declining visitor numbers are making it necessary to rethink the concept, and this is going hand in hand with alterations to the buildings. NEXT

Integrating the R&D Mile into the district of Geestemünde

Rehabilitation of the quays and improvement of parts of the riverbank promenade at the Handelshafen port

The project Integrating the R&D Mile into the district of Geestemünde - rehabilitation of the quays and improvement of parts of the riverbank promenade at the Handelshafen port forms a further jigsaw piece in the concept of the R&D mile and the linking of the district of Geestemünde to the river Weser. NEXT

Offshore information centre


Karlsburg Campus

A campus around Karlsburg street will link the university with the city centre.
Street sign

Bremerhaven’s university is to be linked up better to the city centre and the pedestrian zone. To this end, Karlsburg street is to become a traffic-free zone with the feeling of a campus. NEXT

Redesign of Fangturm square

Place in fall 2013

The square known as Fangturm is located right next to the area of Obere Schlachte in Bremen’s Stephani district. The Stephani district is generally regarded as a centre for the media industry. The square, which is used for a car park and a weekly market, is now also to be redesigned in line with the appearance of Obere Schlachte. This measure will create an attractive pathway both straight along the Schlachte as a link between the city centre, Stephani and Überseestadt, and also across, between the River Weser and the nearer Stephani district/Brill. NEXT

2.3: Enhancing the Profile of the Cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven strand

Returning Hemelingen Lake to something like a natural state

renaturation of the shore

The aim of this project is to strengthen the Weser’s ecosystem in terms of its functionality as a natural space and a recreational amenity in the Bremen-Hemelingen neighbourhood. NEXT

Promotion of the science themes period

Following on from their recognition as a city of science in 2005, Bremen and Bremerhaven have been participating since 2007 in the Year of Sciences set up by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, a campaign which focuses each year on a specific scientific discipline. NEXT

Path in Werderland

Walk in Werderland

The new combined cyclepath and footpath between Dunger See and Moorlosenkirche will provide an attractive link between the banks of the river Weser and its tributary the Lesum. The link-ups to Deichstrasse mean that for the first time cyclists will enjoy an easy all-weather tour in Werderland. Those on foot will have a shorter circular route to walk around. The new routes will relieve the burden on the sensitive areas at the heart of Werderland. Thanks to the Moorlosenkirche ferry landing stage, the new route can also be reached by water. NEXT

Returning the Weser riverbank at Rablinghausen to its natural state

ferry on the banks

As a highly managed tidal river, the banks of the Weser have repeatedly been given increasingly strong reinforcements since around 1885. The high degree of canalisation and the continuous riverbank reinforcements make an especially great contrast to the Weser Riverbank Park, which extends from the river in the project area on the landward side; in fact, its size and the bushes and trees – typical of a riverside meadow – create the impression of a riverside landscape. Yet the Park lacks access to the river itself. NEXT

Wissenswerte Bremen Forum for Science Journalism 2008 – 2010

Wissenswerte 2010, Source

At this event, discussions, lectures and workshops focus on occupational issues, science policy issues, further training courses and questions of how to communicate science. Top researchers explain research trends and technical visions of the future. NEXT

Integrated management plan for the Weser estuary and the Unterweser

Weser estuary

An integrated management plan for the Weser estuary, the Unterweser and the Lesum is to be drawn up in an intensive participatory process involving all major user groups. The plan is to form a basis for sustainable river area management and a balancing of the various interests. NEXT

Establishment of a fund to attract and hold academic congresses

The State of Bremen’s university and higher-education institutions do not have facilities of their own which are suitable for major academic congresses and conventions (with an international impact). The newly established fund is intended to enable these institutions in the State of Bremen to hold academic congresses in the existing trade-fair and congress facilities and thus to utilise those facilities which are suitable for certain events. However, the fund is not restricted to congresses and conventions of the university and the higher-education institutions, but is also available for the research institutes and other organisers of academic events. NEXT

Promoting the Wissenswelten (knowledge worlds) campaign


The knowledge worlds include the German Emigration Center, the German Shipping Museum and the Sea Zoo in Bremerhaven as well as the Universum and the Overseas Museum in Bremen. The joint marketing and presentation of the various institutions aims to attract more visitors and strengthen Bremen as a centre for science. The campaign includes a roadshow and a mobile display, which for example is presented at shopping centres or at the ITB International Tourism Fair in Berlin. Bremen is aiming to present itself as a knowledge-based city which is finding new ways to promote an understanding of science in a generally comprehensible and accessible manner, and which is thus attractive for companies and employees in the spheres of high technology and research. NEXT

Support for events to promote scientific communication in the Botanika

The Botanika is to be developed into a botanical environmental education and event centre. The aim is to communicate and explain science in the fields of biology, botany and ecology. The events planned to take place from 2011 are firstly designed to help people acquire basic scientific experience and skills, and secondly to transfer this knowledge to the various fields of commercial application in order to highlight the significance of botany and ecology for social and economic interrelationships. In this context, special attention is given to an intensive networking between school students, undergraduates, scientists and companies, in order to pinpoint career prospects and to give companies direct access to research findings and young talent. NEXT

Returning the Weser riverbank at Fuldahafen/Hemelingen Lake to its natural state

The project consists of the following two components:

Design of a quasi-natural Sandbank: The section of the riverbank between the Hemelingen sports harbour and the Fuldahafen port, which is currently shored up by packed rocks, is to be remodelled as a quasi-natural sandbank. Along a stretch of approx. 60m, the rocks will be lowered to below the average waterline and the soil removed, creating an enlarged water area by a level sandbank. The aim is to make the riverbank area more attractive and to make the experience of the River Weser more immediate in this area. The building of the quasi-natural sandbank will create a new leisure area by the River Weser close to the city. NEXT

Boatbuilding Showcase – boatbuilding educational trail

The Boatbuilding Showcase opened in May 2009. Experiencing and watching boatbuilding and shipbuilding at Bremer Bootsbau Vegesack (BBV) forms the heart of this new tourist attraction. It gives the visitors an insight into the history of boatbuilding, and they can experience live boatbuilding in the current boatbuilding projects. NEXT

Rehabilitating the River Weser bathing area in Bremerhaven

Weser beach

Since the Old/New Port area has been developed for tourism purposes into the Havenwelten site, the River Weser bathing area right on the riverside is growing in popularity – students of Bremerhaven University and employees of the Alfred Wegener Institute are also making more and more use of the facility. As a result, the number of visitors has risen from 5,000 to more than 10,000 a year in the course of time. NEXT

Park on Weserwehr

image park

Following the completion of the construction work at the Weser power station, the sports ground used to serve the construction site is not going to resume its previous use. This means that the total area of 7,000 m² can be returned to a natural state. NEXT

Ecological development of the Weser beach riverbank


Compared to Bremen, Bremerhaven has far fewer stretches of riverbank which are suited to development under the Lebensader Weser (Weser lifeline) programme. The riverbank at the Weser beach in Bremerhaven does however meet the requirements of the programme, and the aim is now to return the riverbank and the flooding areas to their natural state, to open them carefully up to leisure use, and to manage the river area in a sustainable manner. NEXT

Integrated maintenance and management planning for the Luneplate

Luneplate Spring 2013

Managing a large area as a whole and planning its use can cut costs and expand the horizon for new ideas. For this reason, an overall concept for the Luneplate in Bremerhaven is to be elaborated in future. The Bremen ERDF fund is providing nearly €56,000 towards the development of an integrated maintenance and management plan. NEXT

Identity and image analysis for Bremen 2012

Together with the Chair of innovative Brand Management at Bremen University, WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH is engaged in a research project studying the identity and image of the State of Bremen and its two cities, Bremen and Bremerhaven. The study is following the trends and markets to see whether the measures taken since 2007 have helped to make the two cities more attractive. NEXT

Information system for the Valentin Bunker Memorial

The Valentin Bunker was one of the largest armaments projects of Nazi Germany. Between 1943 and 1945, thousands of forced labourers from all over Europe worked on its construction. This means that the Valentin Bunker is probably the most significant place in Bremen at which the Nazi tyranny can be most immediately felt. In 2010, the Senate decided to make the site into a memorial. Over several years, the ruins of the Valentin Bunker will be transformed into a place for reflection called Denkort Bunker Valentin as part of a scientifically based memorial concept. NEXT

Promotion of bicycle tourism – new pathways for the state of Bremen

The State of Bremen Tourism Concept 2015 regards bicycle tourism as an important market segment which still offers a lot of unutilised potential. The significance of the bicycle as a mode of transport for tourists and for inner-city journeys is growing from year to year. The increasing use of e-bikes and pedelecs has further expanded the target group for bicycle tourism services and general cycling. NEXT

GTM 2014 – Germany Travel Mart

The State of Bremen is to host the Germany Travel Mart (GTM) on 12 and 13 May 2014. The GTM is the most important German trade fair and event for international purchasers of travel products. The cities of Bremen and Bremerhaven will hold the event under the joint marketing label Two cities – one state, which has existed since 1998. The focus will be on the Wissenswelten (worlds of knowledge) in the State of Bremen, the Havenwelten in Bremerhaven, the trade fair and congress site, the city centre and the Überseestadt district with all their potential for tourism. At the Wissenswelten there will be tours, presentations, events and workshops for the international travel companies. NEXT

European Maritime Day

European Maritime Day

European Maritime Day (EMD) is the leading maritime event in Europe and brings together different maritime stakeholders from all around Europe each year. This includes members of the European Commission and high-level representatives of the member states and the European regions, the maritime economy, business associations and other stakeholders. NEXT