Urban Agricultural Heritage - and the Shaping of Future Cities

Herrenhausen Palace
Researchers and Professionals

The Herrenhausen Conference in Hanover, Germany, on May 6 to 8, 2019 will focus on food production in cities and elaborate why urban agriculture should be part of a sustainable urban planning in the future.

Yedikule Bostans an der Theodosianischen Landmauer in Istanbul (Axel Timpe, Institute of Landscape Architecture, RWTH Aachen University)
Yedikule Bostans in Istanbul (Axel Timpe, Institute of Landscape Architecture, RWTH Aachen University)

Link to the summary report of the conference.

Given the global challenges of urbanization and limited resources, Urban Agriculture has become an important tool for a sustainable planning of cities since the Millennium. However, it is mostly unknown, that Urban Agriculture already has its history. This is where the Herrenhausen Conference on Urban Agricultural Heritage starts from. It aims at providing a first global survey of projects and initiatives dealing with traditional forms of food production in cities and shall lead to a better understanding and academic awareness of the issue. Experts from science, international organizations, and civil society will approach the Conference's theme from different angles. Reasons will be identified why valuable agricultural heritage must not be neglected or even destroyed. Based on this, the Conference organizers look forward to elaborating new perspectives for research and management in the field of urban agriculture.

"Urban Agricultural Heritage and the Shaping of Future Cities" is part of the Herrenhausen Conference Series initiated by the Volkswagen Foundation.

More Information on the conference can also be found on the website http://www.ua-heritage.com/.

Herrenhausen Conference
"Urban Agricultural Heritage and the Shaping of Future Cities"
May 6-8, 2019
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany


A detailed program can be found in the column on the right.

Session 1: Connecting Urban Agriculture and Cultural Heritage - Framing the Issues
Session 2: Reporting from the Frontier - Two Cases
Session 3: The Fed City
Session 4: Genes and Memes, Spaces and Flows - Approaches to Urban Agricultures Future
Session 5: Shaping the Future
Session 6: Defining the Agenda for the Future of Urban Agricultural Heritage

Confirmed Speakers Include

Annika Bjorklund, Stockholm; Paola Branduini, Milan; Diane Büttner, Bamberg; Jianming Cai, Beijing; Pay Drechsel, Colombo; Hagen Eyink, Berlin; Han Feng, Shanghai; Christer Gustafsson, Uppsala; Parviz Koohafkan, Rome; Nora Mitchell, Vermont; Saúl Alcántara Onofre, Azcapotzalco; Margaret Pasquini, Columbia; Jorge Pena Diaz, Havana; Dona Pickard, Sofia; Lionella Scazzosi, Milan; Tim Soens, Antwerpen; Aleksandar Sopov, Boston; Carolyn Steel, London; Makoto Yokohari, Tokyo

Travel Grants for Early Stage Researchers

There are travel grants for interested early stage researchers available. Application deadline was August 31st, 2018.


There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the registration link in the column on the right.


The conference language is English.

Venue and public transport

The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".

Accommodation for participants

Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. As Hannover is a city that hosts many fairs, we recommend booking a hotel as soon as you register. We have pre-booked rooms at the InterCity Hotel Hanover and the Grand Palace Hotel Hanover. Please find more information in the column on the right.


Please cancel your registration if you cannot attend the conference. We can offer your place to another person if you cannot attend. Simply use the registration tool to cancel or send us an email.

Herrenhausen Conferences

The Herrenhausen Conferences, organized by the Volkswagen Foundation at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern convention center, focus on scientific topics of high social impact that are of particular relevance to the present and future. The Herrenhausen Conferences address unanswered questions and unsolved problems and their relevance for society. They provide international experts as well as junior researchers with a platform for an intense interdisciplinary dialogue on exciting new areas of research and innovative methodological approaches.