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European project to promote equal opportunities for entrepreneurs in Freiburg and region

We are looking for regional entrepreneurs with non-EU nationality from the fields of food, fashion and crafts who are currently or in the future employing staff.

If you belong to this target group, then we can make you the following offers:

Support in marketing and public relations
Participation in local and regional B2B / Networking meetings
Participation in local and regional plant visits
Participation in regional/ international trade fairs and events
Coaching and consulting on corporate management in cooperation with various Freiburg institutions
Procurement of special services as required (e.g. translation, room search)

Thanks to EU funding, the offers are free of charge for all participants.

Get in touch with us! We look forward to hearing from you, so that we can prepare a suitable offer for you.

Attractive Danube: Final conference in Slovenia

From May 28-29 the final conference of the Attractive Danube project took place in Postojna, Slovenia. Project partners and invited stakeholders from research, business and public institutions joined to discuss the synergies and trade-offs of attractiveness and sustainability in the Danube region and to stress the challenges of climate protection.

Keynote speaker Prof. Lučka Kajfež Bogotaj from the University of Ljubljana highlighted the actual socio-economic trends and the limits of our ecosystems and concluded that in the long-term only a sustainable region can be attractive region.

Jasna Gabrič, Mayor of Municipality of Trbovlje, selected in the list of top 100 mayors of World Mayor Honours and elected the youngest Slovenian mayor in 2014 with 33 years presented the specific defiances of her region regarding economic growth and environmental shortcomings and which strategies have led to the best solutions.

During the final discussion the participants emphasised that the instruments that were designed during the project such as TAMP and CO-TAMP are very useful to identify and to monitor the different trends of regional development. It is therefore important that the data will be collected and updated until 2021.

The conference ended with a fantastic tour of the Škocjan caves and surrounding protected area.

Thank you to all partners for the great work: Geodetic Institute of Slovenia (Slovenia), URBASOFIA, Town and regional planning company (Romania), Bulgaria Economic Forum (Bulgaria), Institute for Spatial Planning of the Koprivnica-Križevci County (Croatia), CENIA, Czech Environmental Information Agency (Czech Republic), Lechner Non-profit Ltd. (Hungary), First Hungarian Responsible Innovation Association (Hungary), aiforia GmbH (Germany), Technical University of Kosice (Slovakia), Federal Ministry of Physical Planning (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses (Montenegro), Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia (Serbia) and 7 Associated Partners.

All publications and the links of TAMP and CO-TAMP are available under


Workshop „Geodaten und Indikatoren zur Darstellung regionaler Attraktivität“, 15. Mai 2019

Digitale Daten sind mittlerweile ein fester Bestandteil unseres täglichen Lebens geworden: wir kommunizieren in sozialen Medien und Netzwerken, informieren uns im Internet oder kaufen online ein. Zunehmend an Bedeutung gewinnen ebenfalls die sogenannten Geodaten – also raumbezogene Daten – aufgrund ihrer vielfältigen Einsatzmöglichkeiten wie z.B. Navigation im Autoverkehr, kommunales Flächenmanagement oder Planung von Naturschutzkorridoren.

Diskutieren Sie mit uns einige dieser Einsatzmöglichkeiten! Wir möchten Sie herzlich zu unserem Workshop einladen:

„Geodaten und Indikatoren zur Darstellung regionaler Attraktivität“

Am 15. Mai, von 16:00 bis 18:30 Uhr

Salzstraße 1 79098 Freiburg

(FlexRooms am Bertoldsbrunnen, Eingang über Dreherstraße),

Im vergangenen Jahr haben wir uns – mit Ihrer Beteiligung – mit den Fragestellungen auseinandergesetzt, wieviel Attraktivität die Stadt Freiburg bzw. die Region Südschwarzwald verträgt und wie diese Attraktivität mit Hilfe von geodatenbasierten Indikatoren gemessen werden kann. Insbesondere Mobilität, Naturschutz, Wohnraum und Flächennutzung waren die Themen, die Sie in den drei Fachgesprächen in den Fokus gerückt haben.

In das nun fertiggestellte Geoportal Donau ( sind die Ergebnisse dieser Fachgespräche eingearbeitet und damit eine Web-GIS-Anwendung zur Messung regionaler Attraktivität in den Bundesländern Baden-Württemberg und Bayern entstanden.

Zur Nutzung und Anwendungsmöglichkeiten dieses Geoportals möchten wir nun einen Workshop anbieten, um mit Ihnen gemeinsam diese Ergebnisse zu diskutieren und das Geoportal ganz praktisch kennenzulernen. Ihre Fragestellungen aus beruflichem und persönlichem Alltag sind willkommen!


16:00 Uhr       Ankunft bei Kaffee

16:15 Uhr       Begrüßung und Einführung

  • Nachhaltigkeit messen mit Hilfe von Indikatoren
  • INSPIRE Richtlinien und Geodateninfrastruktur Deutschland (GDI-DE)
  • Geo-Portale in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg und Deutschland zur GIS-basierten Visualisierung von Indikatoren: Anwendungsmöglichkeiten und Funktionalitäten
  • Das Projekt „Attractive Danube“ und das Geoportal Donau                                                                                       

17:00 Uhr       World Café zum Testen und Diskussion des Geo-Portals

  • Nutzung von Indikatoren für Benchmarking, Potenzialanalyse und Entwicklungsplanung
  • Lokale Situation und eigene Anwendungsbeispiele?

17:45 Uhr       Zusammenfassung der Diskussionen aus dem World Café

18:00 Uhr       Fazit zum Geoportal und Ausblick

18:15 Uhr       Ausklang bei Wein und Brezeln

Wir freuen uns auf Ihr Kommen und danken Ihnen für eine Rückmeldung zu Ihrer Teilnahme; gern können Sie diese Einladung auch an interessierte KollegInnen weitergeben.

* Projekt “Attractive Danube”
Die Veranstaltung ist eingebunden in das INTERREG- Projekt “Attractive Danube”* – wie der Titel verrät, steht Attraktivität von Regionen, Städten und Gemeinden in 11 “Donau-Anrainer-Ländern” im Fokus.

Das Projekt ist ko-finanziert aus Mitteln der Europäischen Union (ERDF, IPA). Mehr Hintergrund zum Projekt finden Sie unter

Attractivity, social entrepreneurship and migration at aiforia 2019

The new year has long started and the team of aiforia officially opened it with a joint dinner to appreciate what 2018 has brought in developments, and to toast to the key topics of 2019: attractivity, social entrepreneurship and migration shall be at the core of our work. These keywords represent the INTERREG- project “Attractive Danube” ( which we will conclude with two more capacity building seminars in Regensburg and Freiburg, and the new INTERREG- project “See Me In” (Social Entrepreneurship as an enabling Environment for Migrants’ Emplyoment and Integration) which will see the kick-off this spring.
We are also proud that our “Study Visit Friburgo” campaign ( is continuously attracting Italian pupils and teachers to “migrate” to Freiburg for a week-long insight to our Green City. In the February update for official eco-tour guides like aiforia, city officials have revealed the latest developments and future plans which we feel honoured to share with interested visitors – not only pupils, but students, planners, technicians, or citizens the like. Get in touch with us to learn more about our tours, seminars and projects!

Impressions of our first italian students’ groups in 2019…

INTERREG network meeting in Munich

Transnational cooperation offers on-site solutions: Organised jointly by the Ministry of Economy Baden-Württemberg and the Ministry of Finances Bavaria, the National Danube Contact Points of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, project partners of the INTERREG program of Central Europe and the Danube Region came together on September 26th in Munich for an INTERREG network meeting.

This event gave the opportunity to meet project partners and institutions from running INTERREG projects and to learn about best practices about the implementation and dissemination of project results. aiforia joined the meeting with a presentation of the project “Attractive Danube”.

The representative of the Federal Institute for Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Research presented a newly published study about the capitalisation of project results from the INTERREG programm within cities and communities. See more (in German): click here.

Within the open and interactive forum in the afternoon, the participants discussed about the most interesting topics of the upcoming INTERREG calls: urban and regional development, environment and mobility as well as the greatest challenges of the project realisation: financial and administrative issues, finding the adequate partners, communication with target groups and dissemination of results.

Finally, an outlook to the expected thematic and structural changes of the next funding period was given.

Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA).            

E-Learning platform published

Two years can bring a lot of development; this is something which proved right at the final meeting of the ERASMUS+ project “Identities – much more than Cards”, held in Famalicao, Portugal. From the beginning of the project we recognised that there is a great variety of involved organisations and target groups in this endeauvour to develop training material for better integration of migrants. Involved partner organisations operate in Germany, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg, Portugal and Turkey, and the respective target groups range from newly arrived asylum seekers to migrants of the recent decades, their origins in different countries and cultures all over the world. Thus challenging the project’s objective was to develop a somewhat common curriculum and material for intercultural understanding and integration to the respective culture of the new homes of the migrants.

But we lived up to the challenge! An online platform in 7 different languages is set up to serve as the common basis of activities and tool for individual learning

Communalities and differences were discussed in the exchange during the two-day project meeting at the end of July in Portugal and we all concluded: we are looking forward to continue the good experience in activities beyond the project closure!

Here you can find the link of the platform.

“Attractive Danube”: 4th Steering Committee Meeting in Sofia

From May 22 – 23, our project meeting was held in pulsating Sofia. After reflecting the participatory process that is now finalised in all partner countries in order to identify territorial attractiveness indicators that fit best with the national context, the partners started to discuss the next steps of the policy integration process to enhance evidence-based planning within the Danube region. The GIS-based monitoring platform TAMP constitutes the core element to ensure this policy planning support. All partners are actually uploading indicators to their national TAMPs and will present the platform within local capacity building seminars during upcoming autumn. A study visit to the new Sofia Business Park and the historic city center as well as great bulgarian food completed the programme perfectly.

Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA).

Fragebogen zum Glücklichsein

Glück und Vertrauen spielen eine wichtige Rolle im gesellschaftlichen und wirtschaftlichen Leben und können die Attraktivität einer Region beeinflussen. Doch was bedeuten Glück und Vertrauen? Was bedeutet es für die einzelenen Personen und was für die jeweilige Region? Um erste Antworten auf diese Fragen zu finden, haben im Rahmen unseres Projektes “Attractive Danube” nun einen Fragebogen zum Glücklichsein entwickelt. Wir freuen uns über jede Teilnahme, es dauert maximal 10 Minuten.

Hier geht´s zum Fragebogen.


Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA).