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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. IGCS Summer School 2019 on Smart Grids: application period starts now!

The IGCS Summer School on Smart Grids – Electricity Networks as the Backbone of a Carbon Neutral Society will take place at TU Dresden, Germany, from June 15 – 26 2019. Application is open to German and Indian Master and PhD students. Application deadline is March 31 2019, 23:59 o’clock CET. Find detailed information about the program and eligibility of  this year’s summer school here.

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2. New scholarships for research exchanges to Germany and India in 2019 available now!

Please find all details here. Deadline is February 28 2019.

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3. Report: Recap of this year’s IGCS Summer School

IGCS students Soumita Banerjee and Sujay Bandyopadhyay published a short summary of this year’s summer school on coastal and river hazards & management strategies which took place in the second half of July 2018. It is an easy read, contains many keynotes on the topic and provides some insights into IGCS activities.  The article was published December 17 2018 on EOS, Earth & Space Science News. Follow this link to read the full article. Enjoy an

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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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Quick reminder to apply for the IGCS summer school 2019 on the topic of smart grids!

Application is open for Indian and German Master and PhD students who show a keen interest in the field until March 31st!

Apply here (you will need to register first): bit.ly/2ULQpxS

more information about the school & funding opportunities you can read on our website: www.igcs-chennai.rwth-aachen.de/igcs-schools/igcs-schools-2019-2/
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W i n t e r S c h o o l 2 0 1 9
IIT Madras
Sustainable Waste Management:

FINAL PRESENTATIONS + closing ceremony:

After 2 weeks of lectures, field trips and project work, we could finally present our findings and project results. Again the engagement was high; discussions, questions and answer sessions and continuous ideas were part of our last day.

We became emotional, but that’s also part of waste management as we learned and noticed ourself. This Winter School filled us up with so many inspiring inputs from the professors, field trips and highly engaged and caring people.
We all highly appreciated this time and opportunity to work together so passionately on ONE TOPIC: sustainable waste management.

A wonderful experience to be nurtured and continued for many of us in our future work.

May the trash be with you 😛
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2 weeks ago

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While the winter school students prepare their final results, we want to announce the next IGCS summer school!

Smart Grids – Electricity Networks as the Backbone of a Carbon Neutral Society

will take place at the Technische Universität Dresden from June 15-26 2019!

Find all info here: www.igcs-chennai.rwth-aachen.de/igcs-schools/igcs-schools-2019-2/
You can apply here: bit.ly/2EHzFkz

Application deadline is March 31!

Photo credit: free stock photo from www.pexels.com/photo/three-white-windmills-figure-table-decors-1076807
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2 weeks ago

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W i n t e r S c h o o l 2 0 1 9
IIT Madras
Sustainable Waste Management:

12th day: project project project time. Some did dig into waste from their field trip, other mastered their power point presentations, and jet others met Government officials from the Solid Waste management department.

Final presentations are about to come...
Tbc...IGSC at IIT Madras | India
Topic: Sustainable Waste Management
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W i n t e r S c h o o l 2 0 1 9
IIT Madras
Sustainable Waste Management:

11th day: Integration of informal sector in E-Waste Management by Siddharth Hande + field visit to Solid Waste management in Vichoor

Dietlind Haf highlights the lecture for us:
In Indian cities there is hardly any formal infrastructure for recyclable material. Nevertheless,more than half of of this material (paper,Glas,Metal) is already recycled by the so called informal sector which is a very effective decentralized system.
Kabadiwalla Connect ,a Social Enterprise, mapped and streamlined the flow of plastic material in the informal sector and developed a connected system which improves the business opportunities for waste pickers and level 1 waste aggregators. Their overall goal is to reduce the waste going tot he landfills by 70%.

Check out the video about their work:
youtu.be/2ZlvUwibwZU

The field visit was a great example of how solid waste management principles were implemented at a village where 250 people initially participated for sustainable waste management. Segregation happens here at the source now used by 900 people of that village.IGSC at IIT Madras | India
Topic: Sustainable Waste Management
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