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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

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

3. IGCS Winter School 2020 – Sustainability in the Peri-cene: Human settlements, food, ecology and governance

How can we understand the pressures and potentials of transformative peri-urban futures? It is nearly 33 years since the UN World Commission on Environment and Development (known in short as the Brundtland Commission) famously defined sustainable development as a process of change in which the “exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development; and institutional change are all in harmony and enhanc

4. Take a glimpse into the world of IGCS fellows!

PhD students Lukas and Nina both spent some time at IGCS in Chennai to conduct a research project this summer. With their short reports they allow us a glance over their shoulder into their life in Chennai, the ups and downs conducting their research and explain in what way their research contributes to sustainability. Nina at her field work, measuring pollution in sediments. Source: Piero Bellanova, 2019. Nina, RWTH Aachen University Topic:

5. Announcement: IGCS-Meeting on Urban Resilience 2 in Chennai from October 20 – 22

Urban Resilience 2: Coastal and River Management, Vulnerability and Sustainability IGCS-Meeting 20.10.-23.10.2019, Chennai In October 2017, we started a discussion on Urban Resilience on coastal and river floods or extreme events affecting megacities and settlements in coastal low lands. More than 1.5 billion people are currently living within 100 km of the coastal zones of the Earth, especially in tropical and subtropical regions. And the number is st

2019 research exchange scholarships: application period remains open

IGCS is happy to announce that it is still possible for students and researchers to apply for funding for a research exchange that deal with sustainability issues and is in line with IGCS focus areas. Please find all details regarding the eligibility and application procedure on our Offer-Website.

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

Second call for scholarships: research exchanges to Germany and India in 2019 (Update: application closed)

IGCS-Scholarships available for German Master students, PhD students and senior scientists at the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai (India) Indian Master students, PhD students and senior scientists from IIT Madras, IIT Mandi, IIT Tirupati and IIT Palakkad for sustainability research in Germany The IGCS awards scholarships for graduate students and researchers who developed an idea for a

Report: IGCS Winter School review

Broadening horizons at the 2019 IGCS Winter School Hannah was one of the 30 students who was selected to participate in the IGCS Winter School 2019 in Chennai. With this report she gives an insight into the school’s topics and activities as well as a few personal impressions. I had the great opportunity to participate in the IGCS Winter School Sustainable Waste Management: Municipal Solid Waste and E-waste. The Winter School took place on the

Exchange semester in India: Prepatory workshop for DAAD fellows

Cologne, June 28-30 2019, organized by DAAD IndiAlumni e.V. The alumni association IndiAlumni e.V. invites DAAD fellows from Germany who plan an exchange to India to participate in the prepatory workshop. Interested candidates contact kontakt@indialumni.de to reveive more information. Please find below their invitation (German only): Liebe Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten,   herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Eurem bevorstehenden Indienaufentha