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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

IGCS Summer School
Smart Grids – Electricity Networks as the Backbone of a Carbon Neutral Society
June 15th to June 26th, 2019
Technische Universität Dresden | Germany




IGCS Summer School

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

June 15 – 26, 2019

Technical University Dresden, Germany



Converting our actual energy systems into carbon neutral structures imply the replacement of fossil fuel powered generation to renewable generation. This revolution can be seen by Germany exiting nuclear power generation until 2022 and exiting coal based power generation until 2038. In India the share of renewable energy resources in the energy mix has reached 33% in 2018 and will develop further. To anticipate the social development, India will install additional 100 GW of solar power generation, whereas 40 GW is dedicated to rooftop solar in rural areas and city districts where social development is needed. In terms of the power grids it can be stated, that these developments forcing the grids towards a major transition.
The need of integrating renewables, spread of power electronics in all types of applications, climate change, communication technologies, use of electric vehicles requires new concepts and technologies to enable a reliable and resilient power grid. Power grids are poised to become smarter in order to be able handle all these new requirements.
The 2019 IGCS Summer School will look at various aspects of smart grids:

  1. Concepts of Electrical Energy Networks
  2. Stakeholder Interaction: Transmission Systems, Distribution Systems, Rural Electrification
  3. Sector Coupling: Energy Conversion, Storage, Utilization
  4. Grid Components
  5. Power Grids under the Aspects of Economy, Ecology and Regulation


This Summer School will be a twelve days long program with two major work streams. The mornings will be reserved for lectures and talks given by experts in the different domains of the program and coming from Germany and India, as well as from Academia and Industry. The second work stream is dedicated to project work (see below).


The resource personnel for the Summer School includes Faculty of Technische Universität Dresden and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Chennai), renowned Guest Professors from India and Germany, as well as representatives/experts from Industry.

Work Groups

The participants will work in small groups of 4-5 member on dedicated projects to gain intensified learnings on the topics and practical approaches of R&D project work. The project work will be based on the “Action Learning”-Methodology and agile project execution concepts. The work groups will pitch for the topic out of given proposals. Each team will have a mentor from the lecturers to support them throughout the whole course.
The following preliminary topics are proposed:

  1. Sector Coupling
  2. E-Mobility
  3. Rural Electrification and Social Aspects
  4. DER-Integration
  5. Dynamic Loading of Grid Components and Systems
  6. Ecology Drives Economy


The course is open to German* and Indian Master and Ph.D. Students in academic fields of engineering, environmental and social sciences (specialization in sustainable development is desirable). Knowledge in the field of electrical engineering and power grids is of advantage. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30 (15 German / 15 Indian).

*Non-German students and university graduates can apply if they are enrolled in a course of study at a German university with the aim of obtaining a degree at a German university. For more information check DAAD-Website: Bewerbungen um ein Stipendium (German only).


Interested students may apply through the 2019 IGCS Summer School e-application form. Application deadline is March 31 2019, 23:59 CET. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

The link is open from March 8 – 31 2019. You will need to register first before you enter the actual form. You can switch between German and English. Please read the instructions carefully, including the help-notes that are attached to many entry boxes. Please prepare the following documents to be uploaded through the form:

  1. CV
  2. Transcript of records of last completed semester / Graduation certificate
  3. Letter of recommendation from an academic supervisor. It should state your academic and personal qualification for the participation of the school.
  4. Passport copy (for Indian students only, German students prepare en empty page)
  5. Enrolment certificate

Positive results will be announced until mid-April 2019. We kindly ask to refrain from inquiries about the application status in the meantime. Your data will be deleted if you were not accepted.


Indian participants of the Summer School 2016 receive a travel grant (1.075 EUR), German students receive a travel reimbursement (max. 50 EUR). All students receive a scholarship for further expenses (240 EUR).

Accommodation will be taken care of (two people per room).

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.


Please contact project coordinator Malin Praktiknjo if you have any questions.


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

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.



Photo: Prof. BS Murty, 2018.