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Welcome to the IGCS

The IGCS serves the cooperation between German and Indian scientists on fundamental and applied research, teaching and training, dissemination of information in the area of sustainable development. Its special focus is the protection of the environment considering water resources, energy, land use and rural development and waste management. The Centre should promote the development of relevant ideas on and solutions to specific local issues, through interdisciplinary research and study projects in the above mentioned areas. The IGCS will additionally contribute to the intensification of Indo-German cooperation in key academic fields.


The IGCS aims at developing the capacity and the capability to promote sustainable development in Germany, India and South Asia. Sub-topics of research can be identified within the above mentioned core areas.  Sustainability with respect to economic, ecologic and social issues significantly enhances the existing research activities and courses offered at the IITM.  German and Indian expertise merge in joint research projects, the development of additional study programmes and in joint degree programmes.

An essential component of the IGCS’s trans-disciplinary approach is the cooperation with other institutions and organizations in order to make use of existing information, research, capacity, (best practice) experience and ongoing initiatives in the different areas of sustainable development. The research of this centre will help to meet the challenges of the global change regarding water and energy in the future.


IGCS Alumni Meeting and Indo-German Dialogue

Alumni Meeting | November 6 and 7, 2018 | Heidelberg Indo-German Dialogue | November 8-10, 2018 | Freiburg           Update 13/09/2018: Application deadline for German applicantions is extended until September 30! We look forward to hear from you! Update 12/09/2018: The first batch of selected candidates will be informed in calendar week 38. IGCS Alumni meeting The 1st IGCS Alumni meeting and workshop will take place on November 6


IGCS Scholarships 2018: Last call!

The IGCS awards research scholarships for excellent Masterstudents, PhD-students and Postdocs at German universities who plan to conduct a research stay in at least one of the IGCS’ focus areas in India. The only condition is to complete your stay in India latest by January 2019. The students who are awarded with will receive a monthly scholarship: Master students: 975€ lump sum + 50€ health insurance PhD students: 1525€ lump sum + 50€ health


IGCS Summer School 2018 Public Lecture

Deltas, Floodplains, and Harbours as Geo-Bio-Archives: Human-Environment Interactions in Western Anatolia July 16, 2018 | RWTH Aachen University         As part of the IGCS Summer School 2018 “Coastal and River Hazards & Management strategies”, we invite you to a public lecture by Prof Dr Helmut Brückner on July 16, 2018, at 18:00 hrs. The lecture will take place in the Generali-Saal of the SuperC (6th floor, Templargra

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Bulletin No 20

The IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 4 is published. The last month was turbulent. Demonetization (Nov 8th), Honorable Chief Minister Jayalalitha’s demise (Dec 5th), and cyclone Vardah (Dec 12th) are testing the resilience of people in India, Tamil Nadu and Chennai, the latter coping with all three events accumulated. Apart from this, this bulletin demonstrates that the IGCS is as vibrant as ever. We held several workshops, were present at the Cityscapes Confe


Bulletin No 19

The IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 3 is out. Read about IGCS´s numerous activites with German and Indian researchers such as the joint Summer School at TU Berlin, GIZ collaboration in the Cities fit for Climate Change-Project. An interesting opinion is published by Dr. Avilash Roul, IGCS Senior Scientist on “Ocean Governance: Samudra Manthan 2.0”. If you wish to receive the Bulletin on a regular basis, please contact portius(at)igcs-chennai.org


Bulletin No 18

The latest Bulletin is out:  IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 2. Read about IGCS´s numerous activites with German and Indian researchers such as the Indo-German conference on Sustainability in February, the IGCS Winter School on Biofuels, the Winter School on Air Pollution, the Conference on Air Quality and the Panel on Disaster Management at IIT Madras. IGCS hosts a short term lecturer, Dr. Roos Gerritsen from University of Heidelberg and several students fro

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Do you think of coming to Germany as an exchange student and have lots of questions???

Search no more, many questions are answered by ELLI2 - Exzellentes Lehren und Lernen in den Ingenieurwissenschaften!

While originally addressed to students from engineering sciences who would like to study at RWTH Aachen University, the video series covers many topics that are also relevant for students from other fields and who are interested in Germany in general!

Concerning finances, the IGCS could possibly help out. Apply if you have an idea for a research project and found a supervisor at our partner universities or apply for a call (currently all calls closed for Indian students).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxIUvnaNpfE&list=PLDedNjcgZ3BXOCZMWG1GsxAfjseAONwGPStudying abroad, where do I start? Studying far from home is exciting and a great new opportunity to broaden your horizons. Nevertheless, the path to a stay ...
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You were funded through IGCS and would like to (re-)connect with other IGCS-Alumni at the Alumni-Meeting in Heidelberg? We extend the deadline for the German applicants until September 30 2018! We look forward to your applications!

The application period for Indian applicants is closed. Applicants will be informed about the result in the course of next week.
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Hello IGCS fellows,

after a summer break the Aachen office is excited to be back! Yet we struggle a bit with sickness so we must take it slow. We hope to answer your inquiries asap!

We hope you have had a fabolous summer! What has been your highlight so far?
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You are an IGCS fellow and would like to reconnect with us?

We are interested in where your path has taken you ever since you were funded through IGCS and how we might be able to work together in the future to make our planet more sustainable!

Join us at the first IGCS Alumni meeting taking place November 6-7 in Heidelberg. Limited funding is available! See more details in the call.

Please spread the news! We are currently updating our alumni database but cannot reach everyone yet.

Contact details: www.igcs-chennai.org/contact/
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IGCS Scholarships 2018: last call!

You are a student or researcher in Germany and would like to conduct research in India that covers one or more IGCS focus areas? The IGCS offers scholarships to highly qualified and motivated scientists!

This is your last chance to receive a generous monthly scholarship with IGCS in 2018. Excellent candidates will also be granted mobility costs to fly to India.

The minimum requirement is that you obtained your bachelor degree and finish your stay until January 2019.

Please find all details for Master students, PhD students and Postdocs in the links below (including contact info). Deadline is August 15 2018 23:59 (CEST).

We look forward to your applications!


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