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Wiss-Nama Newsletter July 2018

05.07.2018 - Article

Highlights from India and Germany

IISc makes it to top 100 in Times Higher Education ranking

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has made it to the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings 2018. The IISc has been ranked in the 91-100 band of the annual list topped by American universities Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford, with the UK’s Cambridge and Oxford completing the top five. Founded in 1909, the IISc had started with just two departments -— General and Applied Chemistry and Electrical Technology — but today has over 40 departments spread across six divisions: Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Electrical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Research, Mechanical Sciences, and Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

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K Vijay Raghavan appointed as Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India

K Vijay Raghavan, one of the most distinguished biologists of the country, is appointed the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. VijayRaghavan was until now the Secretary in the Department of Biotechnology. Principal Scientific Advisor is the topmost advisor to the government on all matters related to scientific policy.

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News from Indo-German Cooperation

68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

30 young Indian researchers attended the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Physiology and Medicine from June 24-29, 2018. From July 2-7 July a post-Lindau is being organized by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), where the students are visiting prestigious German research institutes. Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, organized a pre-departure meet for the young researchers on June 22. Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, and German Embassy´s Cultural Counsellor Dietrich Graf v.d. Schulenburg interacted with the students to know their goals and ambitions and briefed them about the upcoming meeting and how they can best use this opportunity.

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Ambassador Dr. Ney confers German ‘Cross of the Order of Merit’ on Dr. Köhler-Rollefson

The German Ambassador to India, Dr. Martin Ney, conferred the prestigious German ‘Cross of the Order of Merit’, on Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson at the German Embassy on May 16. Dr. Köhler-Rollefson is the Co-founder of the League for Pastoral Peoples, an NGO that advocates for biodiversity conserving livestock keeping at UN level. Before the ceremony a Science Talk on ‘Pastoralism: A Blueprint for Ecological Animal Husbandry’ by Dr. Köhler-Rollefson took place. Dr. Köhler-Rollefson talked about the traditional practices and ancient wisdom of pastoralists, people who herd animals on natural vegetation or on crop by-products. The Science Talk was organized in cooperation with the German Centre of Innovation and Research (DWIH) New Delhi.

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Upcoming events

Falling Labs conference for science start-ups

Falling Walls Venture in Berlin showcases the most promising research based start- ups from all over the globe. Nominated by renowned universities and leading research institutions, 20 emerging companies pitch their breakthrough business models at a unique event that celebrates the vast entrepreneurial potential in science and fosters the community of scientist-entrepreneurs. Each year, universities and research institutions from all over the world are called upon to nominate their most innovative science start-up. From all nominations, 20 pioneering young companies are selected to participate in Falling Walls Venture in Berlin.  This year the conference will take place on November 8, 2018. Academic and research institutions are invited to nominate start-ups from India. The German Centre for Research and Innovation - DWIH New Delhi will finance the Berlin trip for the selected nomination from India to contest at the Falling Walls Venture.

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DAAD Events

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will be organizing a series of events for Indian students and researchers interested in pursuing studies or research in Germany and webinars for students joining German universities shortly.

Webinar: Study at HTW Dresden University of Applied Sciences

July 10, 2018, from 15:00 hrs, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection.

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InfoSession – Higher Studies & Research Opportunities in Germany

Find out everything about higher studies in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures, scholarships and more.

Chennai: July 11, 2018, 11:00 hrs, DAAD IC Chennai, 20/10 Jaganathan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034

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InfoSession – Higher Studies & Research in Germany

Find out everything about higher studies in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures, scholarships and more.

Mumbai: July 23, 2018, 13:15 hrs, The Library, Goethe Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan), K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

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Webinar: Master Studies in Germany

Find out everything about Master studies in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures and more.

July 26, 2018, 15:00 hrs, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection.

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InfoSession – PhD in Germany

Find out everything about research in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures, scholarships and more.

New Delhi: July 27, 2018, 15:00, DAAD, DLTA Complex, 3rd Floor, R. K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi 110029

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Pre-Departure Meet for Winter Intake 2018

The DAAD Pre-Departure Meet is your opportunity to get an insight into the student life in Germany that awaits you, gathering invaluable tips and importantly, connecting with other from and around your city who are headed to Germany for higher studies.

Mumbai: July 30, 2018, 14:30 hrs, The Library, Goethe Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan), K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

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Calls for Applications

Project- based Personnel Exchange Programme with India- Indo-German Joint Research Collaboration

The ’Project-based Personnel Exchange Programme’(PPP) is a bilateral research promotion programme which is the result of the MoU concluded in 1998 between the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The basic aim of the programme is to strengthen the collaboration between Indian and German research groups, which are working jointly on a particular scientific project. University professors, scientists/researchers and post-doctoral researchers from German and Indian universities and those in permanent positions at public funded research institutes are eligible to apply.

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ICAS:MP’s Senior and Postdoctoral Short-Term Fellowships starting in autumn 2018/2019, and autumn 2019/2020

The M.S. Merian - R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century” (ICAS:MP), a project under the aegis of the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office, advertises multiple junior and senior fellowships for autumn 2018/2019 and autumn 2019/2020. ICAS:MP is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and has its main location in New Delhi, India. It offers an extensive fellowship programme for senior and postdoctoral scholars. Interested applicants from related social sciences and humanities disciplines working on thematic fields relevant to ICAS:MP are invited to apply. Senior Fellows must be tenured faculty or emeritus faculty.

Application deadline: For 2018 fellowships: July 15, 2018
For 2019 fellowships: September 15, 2018

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Max Planck Partner Groups for Junior Scientists/Postdoc and Junior Faculty

Max Planck Partner Groups have been developed as an instrument for the support of collaborative research in target areas which are scientifically promising and innovative, geared to the future and of mutual interest to Max Planck Institutes (MPI) and to the designated partner institutions. Candidates should be scientists of proven excellence at postdoc/young faculty level who have spent minimum 12 months at an MPI. Nominees should have obtained their doctorate no longer than seven years ago (for a doctorate in medicine: no longer than nine years).

Application deadline: September 14, 2018

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Max Planck India Mobility Grants for Junior Scientists/Postdoc and Junior Faculty

Max Planck-India Mobility Grants are travel grants by which cooperation between young Indian scientists and a Max Planck Institute (MPI) is to be initiated. Scientists who are awarded these grants must spend a minimum of one month per year at a Max Planck Institute. Qualified, promising Indian postdocs who are already able to demonstrate a recognisable scientific profile are eligible to be nominated for the Max Planck India Mobility Grants. Nominees should have obtained their doctorate no longer than four years ago (for a doctorate in medicine: no longer than six years). The programme “Max Planck-India Mobility Grant” (MPIMG) is open to all Max Planck Institutes (MPI) and to all research institutions in India.

Application deadline: September 14, 2018

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for German Chancellor Fellowship

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation invites applications from Indian young professionals from wide range of fields such as politics, business, media, public administration, society and culture. The Fellowship for prospective leaders offers talented young professionals an opportunity to spend a year in Germany which they can use to advance their professional training and conduct together with their German host a project they have developed themselves.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2018

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To acquaint our readers with the scientific scenario in India and Germany and to highlight the Indo-German cooperation in the field of science and technology, we introduce one German or Indian Science institution in every edition, as a new feature in our newsletter.

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences – and yet also one of the most modern. The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg is proof of this. The researchers here decipher the mysteries of the universe with high-tech instruments, constructing clever add-ons and detectors for telescopes and satellites which examine the light from cosmic sources according to all the laws of physics. Infant stars and the birth of planetary systems are but two objects of their scientific curiosity. “Is Earth the only inhabited place in the universe?” is one of their burning research questions. The Max Planck astronomers also travel through the depths of space and time, investigating active galaxies and quasars to gain an idea of the beginning and the development of today’s richly structured universe.

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Did You Know?

At over 2000 kms long, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living creature in the world.

 

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