Wiss-Nama Newsletter September 2018

17.09.2018 - Press release

News from Indo-German Cooperation

Germany Alumni appointed DAAD Young Ambassadors

Stephan Lanzinger, Head of the Science and Technology Department of the German Embassy New Delhi, received the 2018 batch of DAAD Young Ambassadors at the German Embassy on 24th August. Young Ambassadors are a group of students and scientists, who have either studied or done research in Germany or done an internship with a German firm and promote Germany as a higher education destination. This year the Young Ambassadors are not only from India but also from the neighbouring regions like Srilanka, Bangaldesh and Nepal for which the DAAD Office in New Delhi is responsible.

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Highlights from India and Germany

New committee formed to advise PM on science, tech-related policy issues
A new high power committee has been constituted to advise the government on policy matters related to science, technology and innovation. Named as PM-STIAC, the 21-member committee will be chaired by K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government. Secretaries of all science & technology related ministries are part of special invitees in the committee. It will facilitate the formulation and implementation of policies and decisions, provide action-oriented and future preparedness advise and assist S&T to solve the socio economic problems in the country.

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Upcoming events

Indo-German Dialogue: Industry Academia Cooperation
An Indo-German Dialogue on “Innovation and Incubation as Key Factors in Industry and Academia Cooperation: Universities as Breeding Grounds for Innovation and Entrepreneurship” will be organised by the German Embassy in collaboration with German Centre for Research and Innovation at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on September 26, 2018. The aim of this dialogue a close cooperation between industry, universities and research organisations, which plays a crucial role in building the innovative potential of any country. While research needs to be application-oriented in order to be accessible and useful for society, it is important that academia gets significant inputs for this research from the industry.
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Science Circle Lecture on “Monsoon Forecast under Climate Change” by Prof Dr Elena Surovyatkina

A Science Circle Lecture on the topic “Monsoon Forecast under Climate Change” by Prof Dr Elena Surovyatkina will be organized by the German Embassy New Delhi in collaboration with the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) at the German Embassy, New Delhi on October 16, 2018. Prof Dr Elena Surovyatkina is a leader of Monsoon Research Group at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, and a leading researcher at Space Research Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. She has her expertise in theoretical physics in the field of critical phenomena theory.

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Falling Walls 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. Nominations have been made and this year the conference will take place on November 8, 2018. 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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Exploring shared experiences and upcoming opportunities for Indo-European Polar science collaboration Horizon 2020 call on Arctic

Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Delegation of the European Union to India, Royal Norwegian Embassy to India and Research Council of Norway invites scientists in India and Europe to a two-day event on November 19 and 20 on “exploring shared experiences and upcoming opportunities for Indo-European Polar science collaboration Horizon 2020 call on Arctic”. This event will share experiences form ongoing Indo-Norwegian polar and climate projects and targets potential applicants to build consortium for developing joint Indo-European project proposal. The event will offer an exceptional opportunity to present your project idea, or your competence, to all stakeholders from Europe and India. Applicants from other countries may also join EU-India consortia. There will be poster sessions for students. An Indian student will be awarded a trip to Arctic Frontier 2019.

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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.

Bachelor Studies in Germany

Find out everything about Bachelors in Germany - universities, eligibility and admission procedures

New Delhi, September 24, 2018, 16:45 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, R. K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi

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Masters in Germany

Find out everything about pursuing Masters in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures and more.

New Delhi, September 25, 2018 16:45 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, R.K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi 110029

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Study & Research in Germany

Find out everything about higher studies in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures, scholarships and more.
Kolkata, September 27, 2018 17:30 hrs, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, Park Mansions, Gate 4, 57A, Park Street, Kolkata 700016

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PhD in Germany

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

New Delhi, September 28, 2018, 15:00 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, R. K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi

Attendance only by registration

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ReDiscover Germany – Higher Education and Beyond!

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

Pune, October 6, 2018, 10:00 hrs

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Research in Germany – Workshop for PhD Aspirants

Land of discoveries: The right way to your research career, from choice of topics to universities and research centres in Germany

Pondicherry, October 13, 2018, 9:00 hrs

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Call for proposals

International Max Planck Research School on Astrophysics PhD grants
The International Max Planck Research School on Astrophysics (IMPRS) is soliciting applications for its PhD program. IMPRS offers a highly competitive PhD program, including lectures, seminars and a research project supervised by leading scientists at one of the participating institutions. Course language is English. Students have access to the world largest ground- and spaced-based observatories and instrumentation operated by the participating institutes as well as to supercomputers for advanced numerical simulations and theoretical studies. Applications for the PhD-program are open to students from all countries.
Application deadline: November 15, 2018

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Call for Indo-German Collaborative Research Activities in Materials Science and Engineering

DST and DFG are opening the possibility for joint Indo-German research project funding in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. Indo-German teams of researchers are invited to submit joint proposals describing integrated research projects in this field with duration of up to three years. These joint proposals in the field of Materials Science and Engineering have to be based on a close interaction between the German and Indian research teams. Faculty, scientists and academicians having permanent positions and belonging to universities, deemed universities and public funded research institutes can apply as a “Principal Investigator”.

Application deadline: November 21, 2018

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EU-India Call: Next Generation Influenza Vaccine to protect citizens worldwide

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and the Delegation of the European Union to India announce the EU-India call on Next Generation Influenza Vaccine. The European Commission (EC) through the EU funding programme for research and innovation 'Horizon 2020' and the Department of Biotechnology have committed a funding of EUR 30 million. This call aims at further advancing the next generation influenza vaccine candidate(s) with improved efficacy and safety, duration of immunity, and reactivity against an increased breadth of influenza strains.

Application deadline: April 16, 2019

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Job Vacancy

Officer- Public Relations and Communications for German Centre for Research and Innovation

The German Centre for Research and Innovation New Delhi (DWIH New Delhi) is a strategic initiative of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office to internationalise science and research. It is a network of German- funding bodies, research organisations and universities. DWIH New Delhi is led by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), world’s largest funding organisation for the promotion of international scientific cooperation and academic exchange. The DAAD Regional Office New Delhi is looking for a creative & self-motivated person to join the DWIH New Delhi team as ‘Officer- Public Relations and Communications’, starting November 1, 2018

Application deadline: September 23, 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 regular feature in our newsletter.

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Proteins are the molecular building blocks and engines of the cell, and are involved in practically all life processes. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry investigate the structure of these proteins and how they function – from individual molecules through to complex organisms. They make use of the latest biochemical, imaging and genetic engineering methods to discover the structure of proteins, their properties and the tasks they perform in the human body. Further important areas of research are signal processing and transmission, the regulation of protein breakdown and how cancer evolves. The researchers also want to find out what the actual protein composition of the cell looks like and how complete biological systems function. This institute has an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) and also has a possibility of individual doctoral research. Please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute.

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Did you know?

It takes a photon up to 40,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to its surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to earth.

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