Connecting Sweden to Germany through more than a 100 km long tunnel under the Baltic Sea is an extreme infrastructure project. It raises fundamental questions – both technical, economical and political – that no one has looked into in depth before.  It could turn out yet that such a tunnel can change the transportation patterns and the regional economics of North East Germany and Scandinavia. It has the potential to create thousands of jobs, radically reduce emissions  and the overloading of trucks on the highways in Germany and Scandinavia.These kind of questions are intriguing for curious professors, researchers and students of engineering, tunnel building, rail planning, urban and regional economics, environmental impact studies and more. Through the program of COINCO Challenge we are inviting universities and technical colleagues to look into different questions and topics around the COINCO idea.The participants are free to investigate into topics where they have their professional interests –  wether it is a bachelors project, masters study or PhD.  The secretariat of the recently founded COINCO association will make sure that there is coordination of the topics between the participants, although some overlapping and different angles to the same topic is regarded only as positive. Use of the COINCO web, seminar and workshops will  be arranged to bring the different studies and results together in the multidisciplinary approach of the COINCO Challenge.

The first project results from the COINCO Challenge was published by FH Stralsund on May 30th 2013. Other participants on the way are: BTU Cottbus, TU Berlin, TH Wildau, HTW Berlin, tbc … For more information, please contact Carmen Reiz, our project coordinator.