24th Berlin Colloquium –
Online lecture series
„Living safely in the city of the future“


Urbanization is a key trend of our century. This is evidenced not only by the rapid growth of megacities in many regions of the world, but also by the development of conurbations and entire metropolitan regions in Germany and Europe. According to estimates, around two-thirds of all people will be living in cities by 2050. However, this development is closely linked to matters of urban security.

What will the security of the inhabitants of cities be like in the future? Crime is a significant fear factor in the public perception, and scenarios of threat are affecting citizens' quality of life. But what factors influence people's actual and perceived security? What legal leeway exists, and what financial aspects must be taken into account when it comes to security issues?

The 24th Berlin Colloquium will provide answers to these and further questions from a multidisciplinary perspective. The individual lectures will focus on exemplary aspects and core areas of urban security, and on the well-being of the population; these factors include infrastructure, mobility, leisure activities, and major events in metropolitan areas. The experts will also examine key players and strategies that stand for responsibility and ensuring urban security.

Scientific director
  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Poscher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law
  • Prof. Dr. Dietrich Oberwittler, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaufmann, Centre for Security and Society, University of Freiburg
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Jarolimek, German Police University
  • Hartmut Pfeiffer, Managing Partner of the Institute for Criminological Planning Consulting and Socio-spatial Process Support (IKS GbR)
  • Katja Drinhausen, LL.M.Mercator Institute for China Studies

Berlin Colloquium
Online Lectures