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General Information

Many countries have made commitments to implement and promote sustainability, both nationally and internationally – the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21, in particular with a view to promoting sustainable development (Art. 3d). According to the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), this is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainable development ...

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Research

Research at IGCS is sponsored by industrial partners, Governmental Organisations and supported by IIT Madras and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.           ...

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Academic Exchange

The IGCS provides various exchange possibilities on different levels. In order to secure the integration of the Centre into the existing research and study structure of the IITM, and to allow optimal utilisation of the expertise of all involved partners, the Centre provides long-term visiting professorships (duration: 1 to 3 years) and postdoc positions (duration: 1-2 years) in specific areas of research. These areas should be agreed upon with the IITM. The pos ...

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Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi (Director of the IIT Madras, Chennai, India) and Prof. Dr. Ernst Schmachtenberg (Rector of RWTH Aachen University)               Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi (Director of the IIT Madras, Chennai, India) Curriculum: 2011: Director of IITM and Honorary Director of the Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT) (since 2005) 2005 – 2008: Dean of the Planning Department at IIT Madras 1993 – 1 ...

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Centre Coordinators

Two Centre Coordinators facilitate the activities of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability and represent the connecting authorities between the two universities. Prof B.S. Murty, Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Prof Klaus Reicherter from RWTH Aachen University have been in charge of IGCS since 2017 and 2018 respectively. Please find more details about their activities below.             Prof. Dr. B. S ...

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Area Coordinators Waste Management

Prof Ligy Philip (Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India) Prof Dr Martin Kranert (Department of Waste Management and Emissions | ISWA | University of Stuttgart, Germany)         Waste Management Main topics regarding waste management claiming sustainable prospectives are: Material cycles Pollutant transport Landfill construction Waste management concepts Concepts for disposal of non-recyclable ...

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Area Coordinators Water Management

Prof Dr B.S. Murty (Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India) Prof Dr Nicola Fohrer (Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management at CAU Kiel, Germany)           In the context of urbanisation processes, the hydrological and hydro-ecological structure of an area is lastingly impaired, particularly in developing and newly industrialising countries. Urban living and fast growing megacit ...

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Area Coordinators Energy

Prof. Dr. Krishna Vasudevan (Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras) Prof. Dr. F. Behrendt (Institut für Energietechnik, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)           Renewable energy is one main foci regarding climate polluting materials produced by fossil fuels. Additionally, research related to carbon capture and storage (CCS) is part of the research undertaken at the IGCS. The relevance of the cross-cutting areas of ...

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Area Coordinators Land Use/Urban and Rural Development

Prof Dr S. Chella Rajan, IIT Madras, India Prof Dr M. Fromhold-Eisebith, RWTH Aachen University, Germany           The main challenge facing global and regional agricultural production and land use consists in meeting the needs for food, feed, fiber and bio-energy for a growing world population. This challenge will have to be met in the face of climate change, changing socio-economic contexts (such as urbanization), scarcity and deterio ...

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