The Citizens Lab at IAA MOBILITY

The Marienplatz is all about IAA MOBILITY: From September 7 to 12, the IAA Citizens Lab will be a guest in the heart of Munich. Surrounded by the Old and New Town Halls, the Glockenspiel, the Fish Fountain and the Mariensäule, IAA MOBILITY visitors and the citizens of Munich can expect an attractive program of interactive workshops, exciting talks and art. The focus will be on topics relating to the mobility of the future in the city and in the countryside. Access to the IAA Citizens Lab is free of charge.

Eight exhibitors present themselves at the Citizens Lab: EIT Urban Mobility, HÜRO Mobility, the Senior Citizens' Advisory Council of the City of Munich, the Department of Labor and Economic Affairs together with the Advisory Council for the Disabled of the City of Munich, the Technical University of Munich, ILO Mobility and Munich Airport.

Projects and start-ups supported by EIT Urban Mobility show innovative usage concepts for urban space, improvement of the travel experience and solutions for Urban Air Mobility. Munich Airport will provide information on its climate protection efforts and new technologies at the airport. In addition, visitors can expect a wide range of entertainment with daily competitions.


Bicycle simulator, hyperloop, rickshaw transport concept, multimodal tools and much more - the Technical University of Munich presents various research projects on the mobility of the future. ILO Mobility shows the delivery robot Max for first/last mile transport tasks to the public for the first time. The delivery of goods to the end customer will be demonstrated. At the Citizens Lab, HÜRO Mobility will use a simulator to present a small urban vehicle equipped with an AI navigation system, sensors and GPS to simplify control in urban traffic. The exhibition stand of the City of Munich's Advisory Council for the Disabled will provide information about an innovative electric car rental project for senior citizens. The virtual exhibition "Mobilfunkausbau in München" from the Department of Labor and Economic Affairs of the City of Munich provides an overview of the future of mobile communications with topics such as 5G technology, players in the mobile communications market and the role of the city. QR codes on the exhibits invite visitors to delve deeper into the content. A highlight of the exhibition is the "tablet tree," on which mobile devices such as cell phones, tablets and a laptop hang. Here, visitors learn what they can do themselves to protect their health and also the environment.


Kick-off of the Citizens Lab

On September 7, the IAA MOBILITY Citizens Lab will open its doors in the presence of Kerstin Schreyer, Bavarian State Minister for Housing, Construction and Transportation, and Hildegard Müller, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry. For the opening, the DUNDU light figures will also be on site: meter-high puppets that show mobility in spectacular and artistic form. Keep your eyes and ears open from 2 p.m. to witness the elegant giants. At the afternoon workshop "Scooters, Bicycles, Pedestrians: Who Owns the Sidewalk?" various experts will show solutions for more coexistence on the sidewalk. Meanwhile, book author Dr. Nari Kahle explores the question "Which mobility type are you?" in her lecture. In the evening, at the panel "Quo vadis, auto industry: How radical will the transformation be?", representatives from BMW, IG Metall and the University of Applied Sciences in Geislingen an der Steige will discuss the transformation of the industry.

Starting on September 8, podcaster Sebastian Hofer will welcome exciting daily talk guests at "Citizens Lab Espresso: Good Morning Mobilitätswende!" With his podcast "freifahrt," Hofer is one of the most high-profile journalists in Germany who passionately and critically accompany and fuel the topic of the mobility turnaround. Every morning, the mobility expert and experts take a look at the highlights of the day as well as challenges in everyday mobility and future technologies. In the early afternoon, Johann Horn of IG Metall Bayern, founder Laurin Hahn of Sono Motors and speaker Christine Kugler for Climate of the City of Munich will discuss "Climate Protection vs. Growth: How Sustainable is the "Business Model of Car Manufacturers?" Later, the debate "In the future, all cars will run on batteries. Or?" Constantin Schwaab, CEO and founder of Wirelane, and Thomas Korn, CEO and founder of Keyou, face off. One stands for electromobility, the other for hydrogen. In the evening, travel author Christoph Kessel will speak on the topic of "Flying wisely. Preparing for travel in times of flight shame and greenwashing".

Workshops, workshops, workshops

On September 09, in the panel "What does tomorrow's mobility need?" author and activist Max Dorner, student representative Alexander Löher and Franziska Miroschnikoff, Senior Citizens' Advisory Councilor of the City of Munich, will address the requirements of tomorrow's smart and barrier-free mobility. When it comes to the topic of two-wheeled vehicles and infrastructure, most people look to the two-wheeled nation of the Netherlands. Together with the Dutch Cycling Embassy and experts from the neighboring country, various approaches to infrastructure development will be discussed at the "Think Bike!" session. Afterwards, there will be a quiz and room for follow-up questions. The workshop "What contribution do autonomous vehicles make to a more livable city?" will highlight areas of application for automated transport systems for people and goods that make everyday life more convenient and at the same time relieve the traffic situation. An autonomous delivery robot will be demonstrated. In the second workshop, "Back to the Future: Designing Mobility for 2035 Today," run by management consultants Intrestik, participants will develop an image of their own mobility and develop prototypes for the future. "What would the city look like if all traffic were autonomous?" - Oliver Bertram then explores this question. The Viennese architect shows the potential of future urban design by means of inspiring visualizations. Afterwards, Bertram's impulses will be presented and discussed with the results from the previous workshop with other experts.

September 11 starts with Munich's 2nd mayor Katrin Habenschaden, who will talk about the future of traffic development and the increasing influence of women on mobility management at the talk "Women at the wheel: The traffic turnaround is firmly in female hands!" with Dr. Nari Kahle from CARIAD. A regionally hotly debated topic is the focus of the panel discussion "Berglust statt Staufrust: Wie lässt sich der Ausflugsverkehr besser steuern?". Participants include Matthias Ballweg from the DAV Oberland Section, mountain sportsman Michael Fitzthum and 2nd Mayor Michael Andrelang from Aschau. In the workshop "Gaming as a Tool for the Mobility Turnaround - Playfully Changing the City," those interested will learn how online games à la Roblox and Minecraft can be used for creative urban development.

The final day of the Citizens Lab on September 12 will focus on the central question of how we want to live in the city or in the village in the future? The major Germany survey conducted by acatech - German Academy of Science and Engineering and the ARD theme week is already looking for answers. Experts will set the mood for the survey's future scenarios during the presentation "Urban-rural opportunities - we are shaping the mobility turnaround" at noon. After a vote by the audience, there will be a discussion with the audience. At the subsequent talk "Here applies the StRO - allow urban change!" Maximilian Steverding from the Department for Urban Improvement and Sylvia Hladky from the Munich Sustainability Initiative will discuss the reorganization of public space with Bundestag candidates from the region.

In addition to the extensive range of lectures and workshops, the Citizens Lab offers a children's program as well as a large-scale graffiti project, sports sessions and lunch breaks. The Citizens Lab will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 07 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 8-12. On Sept. 12, it will be open until 5 p.m.  Since the organizers and exhibitors want to enter into dialog with all citizens and visitors at the Citizens Lab, access is basically free of charge and possible without an official IAA ticket. Nevertheless, the Experience Day Ticket is recommended. This gives participants access to all public areas with the Open Space and the Blue Lane in the city center as well as to the Open Space Extended at the Munich exhibition center. It also includes the use of public transport in the Munich city area on the day of the visit.

Side program and opening hours

Citizens Lab opens on September 07 from 2 pm to 8 pm and from September 8 to 12 from 10 am to 8 pm each day. On Sunday, September 12, the area closes at 5 pm. In addition to the extensive range of lectures and workshops, Citizens Lab offers a children's program, sports sessions and lunch breaks. One highlight is the graffiti project by IsarStreetArt, a regional artists' collective that has won numerous awards for its art actions in public spaces. Visitors aged 16 and over are invited to visualize their vision of future mobility on a 24-quare-meter canvas in workshops. The number of participants is limited. Only three places are available per time slot. Participation is possible at the following times: Tuesday through Friday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m.. On Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday from 10:30 to 12 am and from 2:30 to 4 pm.


Admission and tickets

As we want to enter into dialogue with all citizens and visitors at the IAA Citizens Lab, access to the IAA Citizens Lab is generally free of charge and possible without an official IAA ticket.

Small recommendation: treat yourself to an Experience Ticket anyway. This gives you access to all public areas and the special partner offers in Munich's gastronomy and retail trade. Experience world firsts and shows in the squares of Munich's city centre. Try out models for yourself - on the Blue Lane and in special areas. In addition, the Experience Ticket, like all other tickets, includes the use of public transport in the Munich city area on the day of the visit (MVV ticket for zones M-6). 

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The Citizens Lab program

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