With the initiative “Science City Essen” , universities, research institutions as well as accompanying institutions and actors from business, foundations, education, politics and city administration are jointly shaping a networked innovation and science location. All partners involved are represented in the central strategic body, the initiative’s steering committee , which is chaired by the Lord Mayor of the City of Essen, Thomas Kufen. The executive board leads the strategic implementation of the measures decided collegially in the steering committee on an honorary basis. The concepts developed in the executive board are implemented operationally in the project office of the Science City Essen at EWG (Essen Economic Development Agency). Focus areas such as marketing, transfer and start-ups are additionally handled by individually staffed teams.