Supported by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (FHH), the CityScienceLab was established in the summer of 2015 at the HafenCity University in Hamburg. The lab is directed by Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer in collaboration with MIT as a research unit for the study of cities in the digital era. The CityScienceLab works with stakeholders  from business, politics, civil society and the academy, in order not only to explore changes of cities, but also to constructively assist in their development. Specifically, the lab  studies and scientifically analyzes urban processes in Hamburg. The city models are developed in order to discuss complex issues with professionals and non-professional alike, with the goal of clear representation of significant urban question.