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Braunschweig Named 'City of Science' 2007

The German Science Foundation named Braunschweig Germany's City of Science for 2007, honoring its potential as a hub for research and development.

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Braunschweig boast old houses, new ideas

The northern German city of Braunschweig beat out competitors Aachen and Freiburg to be named City of Science 2007 by the German Science Foundation.

The honor carries 25,000 euros ($30,000) in prize money, which will in turn be increased to 3 million euros through sponsoring and non-cash payments by area organizations. Braunschweig was able to convinced the jury with a plan to improve the network between its scientific institutions, in particular its plan to involve small and midsize companies.

Braunschewieg is the second-largest city in Lower Saxony, and is near the Volkswagen headquartrs in Wolfsburg. It is considered a potential growth area for research and development.

Braunschweig Mayor Gert Hofmann said the honor "goes will with the current atmosphere of regeneration" in the town.

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