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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. Conference report: Waste management for resilient cities and gender perspectives

The Chair of Waste Management and Emissions at the Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA), University of Stuttgart, and IGCS were present at the International Solid Waste Association World Congress that took place from the 7th to 10th October, 2019 in Bilbao, Spain. In a session with the connecting theme Empowering Women in Recycling and the Circular Economy, Dr. Gabriela Garcés presented encouraging ideas

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2. Message from Alumni: IGCS-fellows, take part in the survey and network!

IGCS-Alumni meet for a Design-Thinking Workshop in in Heidelberg in November 2018. Photo: Partik Kumar, 2018. Dear Fellow IGCS Alumni, We are pleased to announce that we have received over a hundred responses from the Alumni survey so far. It was wonderful to see so many Fellow IGCS Alumni interested to participate, share and contribute towards the IGCS Alumni Network. We are now in the planning stage of an ideal alumni network meet, taking fee

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2019 IGCS Summer School: Growing through diversity

The IGCS Summer School on Smart Grids – Electricity Networks as the Backbone of a Carbon Neutral Society was conducted on the campus of the Technische Universität Dresden which is located in the beautifully reconstructed old town of Dresden, Germany. There were students from all backgrounds of academia, be it electrical or mechanical engineering or architecture or economics or environmental science, and I, Muskaan Kochar, consider myself privileged to

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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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5 days ago

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Hannah from RWTH Aachen University took away lots of inspiration when she took part in the last IGCS winter school. Is it your turn next February? Apply now!

Link to our online application: bit.ly/2phnJm8
Deadline is November 25, 7:30 am (German time)!Du studierst und möchtest genau wie Hannah spannende Erfahrungen zu interessanten Themen, wie nachhaltige Landentwicklung, im Ausland sammeln? 🤩🌏 Dann bewirb dich jetzt für ein Stipendium der IGCS Winter School im Februar 2020 in Chennai, Indien. 🇮🇳😉 Alle Infos findest du hier:

➡️ www.igcs-chennai.rwth-aachen.de/igcs-schools-2020/
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2 weeks ago

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Thanks DAAD for reminding us that there is still time to apply for the IGCS winter school!!! Apply now if you are interested in sustainable land management or related fields!Du machst gerade deinen Master oder PhD an einer deutschen Universität und interessierst dich u.a. für nachhaltige Landentwicklung? 😊 Dann bewirb dich jetzt für die Winter School am IGCS in Chennai, Indien 🎓🇮🇳 und erhalte ein Stipendium in Höhe von 1.400 Euro.

Infos zur Winter School:
www.igcs-chennai.rwth-aachen.de/igcs-schools-2020/

Bewerbungsformular:
➡ bit.ly/2ULQpxS
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3 weeks ago

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After the 2-day-round-table-discussion at IIT Madras in Chennai last week, 8 German scientists from Geoverbund ABC/J visited the Center of Advanced Study (CAS) in marine biology of the Annamalai University in Parangipettai and met with others scientists. A boat trip through the beautiful mangrove forest in Pichavaram was the highlight of this excursion.

Photos: Piero Bellanova, 2019.
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3 weeks ago

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German scientists from Geoverbund ABC/J, under lead of RWTH Aachen University, met for a 2-day-round-table-discussion at IIT Madras in Chennai to discuss the influence of climate change on flooding at rivers and coastal areas. Many Indian scientist from different parts of the country were invited, e.g. from IIT Kharagpur/Golgata; Anna Univ./Chennai, NCCR/Chennai, and Annamalai Univ. in Tamil Nadu.

Presentations covered many current topics, such as the establishment of the coastal flood forecasting system for Chennai ‘CFLOWS’ after the devastating floods of 2015 and coastal vulnerability and socio-economic effects in large cities after extreme events. This was also discussed in the light of distribution patterns and toxicity of various pollutants, e.g. pesticides from agricultural areas in river catchments and coastal areas after flooding events. Many new collaborations for prospective research projects evolved after many fruitful discussions between Indian and German researchers. We want to cordially thank IGCS centre coordinator Prof. BS Murty and IIT Madras for hosting this event.
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