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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. Report: Second Indo-German Dialogue on Green Urban Practices held in Freiburg

Group photo of the Indo-German Dialogue 2018 participants. Photo credits: Malin Praktiknjo, 2018.   IGCS in collaboration with Freiburg University conducted the second IGD on Green Urban Practices from 8 – 10 November. The event was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with travel bursaries from the German Consulate General in Chennai. With this year’s focus on the theme “Education, Learning, Training and Awareness for Sustainab

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2. The IGCS is hiring Postdocs fulltime for up to four years!

Starting January 2019, we offer the following positions for Postdoc researchers at IGCS in the area of… energy at TU Berlin, with office at IIT Madras. Deadline: October 30 2018. land use, urban and regional planning at the RWTH Aachen University, with office at IIT Madras. Deadline: October 30 2018. water management at Kiel University, with office at IIT Madras. Deadline: November 7 2018. waste management at Stuttgart University, with office at IIT

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3. IGCS Winter School 2019: Sustainable Waste Management

Sustainable Waste Management: Municipal Solid Waste and e-Waste How can waste be reduced and recycled in rapidly growing cities? February 23 – March 9, 2019 IIT Madras, Chennai   With rapid urbanisation and increasing population around the world, solid waste generation is bound to increase multiple times in near future. It is essential to reduce and to manage this huge generation of waste effectively in future, sustainable, and SMART cities, wh

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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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2 weeks ago

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In Germany, the Advent Season begins today! In spite of the busy season by the end of the year, the four advents leading to christmas are meant for contemplation. We hope you can take this as an opportunity to slow down, count the blessings in your life and find out how you can make this planet a better place!

A popular tradition are the christmas markets which have opened all over the country by now. IGCS-fellow Ms. Kim enjoyed a hot beverage at the christmas market in Aachen earlier this week.
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3 weeks ago

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Proud to have two IGCS-fellows presenting at the Young Water Researchers Symposium. The Project House Water at the RWTH Aachen University invited early-stage researchers, advanced and postgraduate students from all water-related disciplines to present their research work.

Ms. Jimi Kim (University of Stuttgart) presented her research project about rainwater-harvesting for domestic use and groundwater recharge at Coimbatore, India. She was funded for a two-month-stay in India.

Dr. Kamal Zurba (TU Bergakademie Freiberg) asked the question: “Can establishing short rotation forestry on contaminated sites decrease groundwater contamination risks?” He attended one of the numerous IGCS winter and summer schools and recently attended the Alumni Meeting.

They were supported by PhD-student Ms. Sahila Beegum from IIT Madras who is currently funded by the IGCS for her exchange stay at the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

The IGCS project coordinator was pleased to meet the fellows yesterday, inluding another fellow from IIT Madras who could only join later due to the execution of his experiments at the IWW Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft RWTH Aachen.

RWTH Aachen University - International Office
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4 weeks ago

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Are you an Indian student or researcher currently living in Germany? The Embassy of India in Berlin would like to connect with you!

Find more information here: www.igcs-chennai.rwth-aachen.de/contact/

Ps: remember to apply for our Post-Doc positions or the winter school!
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4 weeks ago

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It is a happy week for everyone stressed out about our application deadlines - we also just extended the deadline for the winter school! It is November 30!

www.igcs-chennai.rwth-aachen.de/igcs-schools/igcs-schools-2019-2/
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