In 2050, the world’s population will reach nine billion and 70 percent of the people will live in cities. What will the cities of the future look like? Where will the energy that we need come from? How can there be enough healthy food for everyone? These important issues are being discussed right now as part of BASF’s 150th Anniversary Co-creation program on the topics of energy, food and urban living. Through the online Creator Space, a community of industry experts and interested minds are sharing, debating and innovating towards solutions to these key global challenges by joining in the conversation at

The ideas and solutions provided to the website Creator Space online, which went live last September, will be fed into anniversary activities such as the Creator Space tour. The tour is meant to motivate creativity and help design the future. As part of the Creator Space program, BASF is also hosting three high-level science symposia. The first one, in the German city of Ludwigshafen where BASF is headquartered, took place this past March. The second is set for June in Chicago. An event is also being planned for Shanghai. 

Renowned scientists from various disciplines are meeting at each event. Included are Nobel prize winners, such as physicist and energy politician Steven Chu, chemist Jean-Marie Lehn, and Frances Arnold, the pioneer of evolution in a test tube. In total, discussions with more than 1,500 guests from science, politics and industry will take place.

A documentary film spanning the entire anniversary year will be produced to capture some of the most interesting, beautiful and emotional moments. The prize-winning director, Thomas Grube, will accompany the anniversary activities. The film will be available in April 2016. Before that, clips can be viewed on

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, NJ, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE in Ludwigshafen.