City life is often colourful, loud and fascinating – and attracts more and more people. The populations of the world’s megacities will increase by more than a billion people in the next ten years. German city researchers are nevertheless optimistic: Their new digital technologies and management strategies promise more relaxation, safety, health and well-being in our cities. Find out about international pilot projects being implemented as part of the campaign “Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). You can also read why a PhD in Germany is a really good idea, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month.