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IGCS Schools 2019

IGCS Winter School 2019

Sustainable Waste Management: Municipal Solid Waste and e-Waste. How can waste be reduced and recycled in rapidly growing cities?

February 23rd to March 9th, 2019

IIT Madras, Chennai | India


IGCS Summer School 2019

Smart Grids

July 2019

TU Dresden | Germany






IGCS Winter School 2019

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

Application Deadline extended until Nov 30 2018!


Objectives of the Winter School

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, whatever the case may be.

Electronic waste, commonly known as e-waste is another upcoming challenge which has to be dealt as TECHNOLOGY and DIGITISATION (SMART Technologies and Internet of Things) will be an integral part of cities at a much larger scale in future. Though most of the e-waste is recyclable, very little is actually and scientifically recycled at present.

In this winter school, we focus on how to deal with these challenges sustainably. Knowledge transfer from experts in the field to the participants of the school will be through a combination of lectures, focused team project works and field visits. This knowledge can be further used and developed by the participants in their respective areas.



The resource personnel for the Winter School include IGCS professors and professors from IIT Madras, RWTH Aachen University, University of Stuttgart, and other selected experts from India and Germany. The course participants will also have the opportunity to interact with government agencies in India and NGOs working in the area of waste management. The exact programme will be announced closer to the start of the school.


Work Groups

Participants will work in groups of up to 5 members to develop small research projects, prepare reports on their findings, and present them to the supervisors for discussion. Award will be given for best project work.



The course is open to Master’s and Ph.D. Students in academic fields related to engineering, environmental management, waste management, and sustainable development. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30 (15 German / 15 Indian).



Interested students may apply with the following:

  1.  cover letter with contact details and details of the applicant’s professional and extra-curricular motivation to participate (A), extracurricular qualifications and commitments (B), and a comment on the competence as IGCS representative (C);
  2.  academic CV;
  3.  a letter of recommendation from the head of department / project or thesis supervisor;
  4.  passport details (for German students);
  5. a filled-out IGCS Winter School application form.

Application and enclosures should be sent in one PDF file (attachment 1-4) and one excel-file (attachment 5) by e-mail to the organisers and the project coordinator Malin Praktiknjo until November 30, 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered.


Evaluation of Applications and Admission

Applications will be evaluated by the organisers. Accepted applicants will be informed by e-mail by the middle of December 2018.



The IGCS, including the schools, is part of the “A New Passage to India” initiative funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. German participants of the School receive a travel grant (EUR 1075) and a lump sum (EUR 325). The Indian selected students will be reimbursed ‘to and fro’ 2nd class AC fare by the shortest route from their respective current address (Institute/College/University) to Chennai. Accommodation, local hospitality, and local travel will also taken care by the IIT Madras. The selected students will be accommodated in the Taramani Guest House on IIT Madras campus (two people per room).

All scholars are expected to hand in an experience report; instructions will be provided at the given time.



For all the matters related to Visa and funding, please contact project coordinator Malin Praktiknjo.

For all course related matters, please enquire by e-mail to igcs2019ws@gmail.com.



IGCS Area Coordinators for Waste Management Prof. Dr. Ligy Philip and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Kranert.

IGCS Centre Coordinators Prof. Dr. BS Murty and Prof. Dr. Klaus Reicherter.




IGCS Summer School 2019

Smart Grids

July 2019

TU Dresden, Germany

To be announced.


Photo: Prof. BS Murty, 2018.