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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.

Mission

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.

News

1. Scholarships for research stays in 2020

IGCS is proud to announce the scholarship program for 2020. We are inviting excellent researchers (Master and PhD students, Postdocs and Professors) from German universities research institutions who plan to visit IGCS at IIT Madras in 2020from Indian universities (IIT Madras, IIT Tirupati, IIT Palakkad, IIT Manid) who plan a research visit to a German university or research institution in 2020 to apply for an IGCS scholarship. We collect applicatio

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2. Dr. Christoph Woiwode participates in the 2020 Fireflies Dialogues in Bangalore

Organised annually by Pipal Tree of Fireflies Intercultural Centre near Bangalore, more than 60 participants from India and abroad met to discuss and share their views on climate change and environment along the key questions of the title “What Hope? What Action?…in the Anthropocene”. These dialogues are part of a global initiative Dialogues in Humanity to bring to the fore the human dimensions which are often neglected and marginal in susta

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3. The Indo-German Dialogue on Green Urban Practices is ready to take off for round no. 3!

The Indo-German Dialogue has brought together academics, civil society activists, government officials, policy makers and the corporate sector from Germany and India together to address the challenges of urbanization and sustainability since 2017. This year, 33 attendees will use this platform to go forth with new transdisciplinary research and practice projects. The dialogue takes place from December 5-7 at Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Edu

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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

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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

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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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1 month ago

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Day 3 Indo-German Dialogue: Forward Planning

On the 3rd day of the IGD participants had the chance to give feedback on the learnings/ideas evolving from the group sessions and field visits of day 1 and 2. Participants also reported on collaborations and ongoing activities in their field of expertise and the group planned the next IGD as well as an action research project.
The public event in the afternoon gave everyone the opportunity to interact and learn more about activities related to sustainability. Especially the potentials that socially innovative individuals and citizens initiatives have in the processes of co-creating our living environments towards sustainable futures are remarkable.
The IDG group grows together a little more with every dialogue and builds-up community and friendships over the three days and beyond. This time we made a serious effort to lay the foundation for concrete collaborative action.
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2 months ago

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Day 2 Co-Creation of the Living Environment:

The second day of the Indo-German Dialogue brought us to different places all over Pune to learn about co-created urban environments. We saw examples for co-created urban green spaces and co-created streets. The highlight was the visit of the township Jahangir Nagar. The so called “Chaan-Daar 2” project is an initiative taken up by Pune Biennale Foundation for upliftment of public spaces in slums and settlements. In this process of beautification, the community was supported by a group of artists and painted their houses: A metaphorical opening of minds towards beautiful and clean-living environment!
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2 months ago

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News from India:
We are excited to announce that the 3rd Indo-German Dialogue on Green Urban Practices started today in Pune with the title “Co-creation of the Living Environment” (5-7 December 2019).
The event is hosted by Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER) and the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in Pune and was co-organised with the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS).
The Indo-German Dialogue is a continuous series of an annual interaction of academics, civil society activists, government officials, policy makers, and the corporate sector. Its key objective is to provide a platform for intercultural knowledge sharing between India and Germany to address the challenges of urbanization and sustainability from a broad perspective.
The German Consul from Mumbai, Dr. Jürgen Morhad welcomed the 30 delegates from India and Germany and many Indian students and highlighted the importance of sustainable growth and urban resilience not only in India but worldwide.
The attendees have broad experiences of social urban innovation with mixed backgrounds in the urban food and agriculture sector, architecture, real world labs and learning and education for sustainability.
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