Mazda Adli (© Annette Koroll), Katrin Göring-Eckardt (© Dominik Butzmann), Lukas Haffert (© Ralf Himsel) and Juli Zeh (© Peter von Felbert)

On the differences and similarities between urban and rural dwellers

What makes us tick?

Urban life is usually associated with overcrowding, hustle and bustle, anonymity and stress. Life in the countryside seems to be the opposite: idyllic quiet, a sense of community and peace, but also long journeys and hard work. Our environment shapes our mental health, as well as our values, mentality and everyday reality. In the project “Your Emotional City”, we are investigating the influence of the urban environment on our emotions.


Forum im Futurium

Further information:

  • Duration:1 hour and 30 minutes

Mazda Adli (© Annette Koroll), Katrin Göring-Eckardt (© Dominik Butzmann), Lukas Haffert (© Ralf Himsel) and Juli Zeh (© Peter von Felbert)

Do the attitudes and views of urban and rural dwellers really differ to the point of incompatibility? And are these discrepancies mere differences or have they already become battle lines, as one might assume with regard to socio-political issues and voting behaviour? Do people in cities and the countryside really tick so differently? How divided is our society – and how can we overcome this division?

This event is part of the citizen-science project “Your Emotional City” – a joint project of the Interdisziplinäres Forum Neurourbanistik e.V., the university hospital Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Futurium, the House of Futures.


  • Professor Dr Mazda Adli, psychiatrist, stress researcher at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and chief of medicine at the Fliedner Klinik Berlin
  • Katrin Göring-Eckardt, vice president of the German Bundestag and member of the Bundestag from Thüringen
  • Professor Dr Lukas Haffert, political scientist and author of the book “Stadt – Land – Frust” (“City – Country – Frustration”)
  • Juli Zeh , writer, lawyer and judge


  • Andrea Thilo, journalist and presenter


  • Venue: Forum
  • The event is free of charge.
  • A ticket is required. Remaining tickets will be available at the box office.
  • Event language: German


  • We are a wheelchair accessible venue.
  • Spaces without seating are available for wheelchair users.
  • Participation requirements: no prior knowledge required
  • Drinks and food are available for purchase.

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