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IGCS CONFERENCE | Exploring Planetary Boundaries and their Challenges and Opportunities

The two-day Indo-German Conference on Sustainability was inaugurated on 27nd February 2016 at IIT Madras. The inaugural session was presided jointly by Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras and Prof Ernst Schmachtenberg Rector, RWTH Aachen University. The inaugural session was attended by Mr. Achim Fabig, Honourable Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai, Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Scientist G and Head SPLICE-Climate Change Programme, DST, New Delhi and Ms Heike Mock, Director, DAAD, Regional Office, New Delhi.


The main theme of the conference was “Exploring planetary boundaries and their challenges and opportunities”. A total of 56 presentations was made, in three parallel sessions spread over two days, by researchers from Germany and India on various issues pertaining to sustainable development in the back drop of climate change. These presentations focussed on latest developments in sustainable management of waste water and solid waste, land use management in the context of urbanization, and innovations in development of alternative energy sources, including bio-fuels and solar energy. Some of the presentations will also discuss policy issues. 22 presentations were made by researchers from Germany while 34 presentations were made by researchers from India. Researchers were drawn from both academia and industry. Conference also included three key note lectures by Prof. P.P. Mujumdar, Chairman, Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research, IISc, Bangalore, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gotsch, Int. Cooperation and Urban Development, TU Darmstadt and Dr. Uwe Kaltenborn Head, Corporate Technology, MaschinenfabrikReinhausen GmbH, Germany. There was a special poster session highlighting the research being carried out under IGCS-DST program. More than 150 delegates, including research students from various universities in India and Germany  have participated in the discussions.

The cultural event at the evening to celebrate the 5th anniversary of IGCS was highlighted by Kalaimamani Jayanthi Subramanian and Troupe performing Indian Classical Dance.

For further information please contact IGCS Area Coordinator Energy Prof Krishna Vasudevan, EE, IITM.


Proceedings of the Conference on Sustainability

IGCS Conference Technical Program Feb 27-28 2016

IGCS-Press Release


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Conference inauguration (27.02.2016)