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Wiss-Nama Newsletter October 2018

22.10.2018 - Press release

News from Indo-German Cooperation

Science Circle Lecture on “Monsoon Forecast under Climate Change”

A new methodology for forecasting the Indian Monsoon was presented at a Science Circle Lecture at the German Embassy on 16th October 2018. Prof. Dr. Elena Surovyatkina, leader of the Monsoon Research Group at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research in Germany presented the new methodology, which allows forecasting of the monsoon onset and withdrawal dates for 40 and 70 days in advance respectively. Prof Surovyatkina is also a leading researcher at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

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Indian student numbers touch a record high - Germany welcomes record number of Indian students in 2017-18

Indian student numbers in Germany continue to be on the rise. The number of Indian students in Germany has almost doubled in the last five years. The German Ambassador to India, Dr Martin Ney, welcomed this development: “The fact that more and more Indians are deciding to study in Germany is a sign of confidence in our universities. This positive trend also shows that Indo-German relations are flourishing.” The latest figures released by the Federal Statistical Office of Germany reveal that the number of Indian students in Germany has grown by 13.14% over the last year and stands at 17,570. The total number of international students in Germany has grown by 4.4%. The rate of growth in the number of Indian students going to Germany is thrice that of the global average.

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Fresh Boost for Science Diplomacy: New Research Ambassadors welcomed at Embassy

Dr. Jasper Wieck welcomed the DAAD Research Ambassadors at the German Embassy on September 21, 2018.

In his opening address he talked about success factors of Indo-German relations. DAAD Research Ambassadors are academicians at important universities and research institutions in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. They are alumni of German universities or research organisations. They also have long-standing cooperation with academic and research institutions in Germany. Research Ambassadors are interested in promoting research in Germany among peers and students. They serve as the contact points and partners for the DAAD and DWIH supporter organisations for their activities in the region.

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Highlights from Germany and India

IISc Bangalore Tops Among 5 Indian Educational Institutes in Times Higher Education World Rankings, IIT Indore Dethrones IIT Bombay

According to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings show, IIT Indore has managed to secure a place among the top 400 global universities. IISc Bangalore has emerged as the topmost institution from India this year, retaining its spot in the 251-300 band. Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University, Mysuru is among the top 5 Indian universities and top 500 global universities. In total 47 universities in Germany are counted the best in the world. LMU Munich is the top university in Germany followed by the Technical University of Munich, which are on 32nd and 44th rank respectively in the world. India has increased its presence as being the most represented nation as compared to last year. IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, BITS Pilani, Manipal Institute and yet-to-be-established Jio Institute were recently declared as Institutes of Eminence by the government.

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Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2018

The Grand Challenges Annual Meeting hosted by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges, Canada and United States Agency for International Development aimed to accelerate the translation of innovation to impact to address the world’s most urgent global health and development problems. The meeting is a forum for researchers to share their work, learn about cutting-edge advances in the field and build collaborations with other investigators and organizations.  This year the meeting partially overlapped with the 10th World Health Summit. The meeting consisted of scientific tracks, plenary sessions, roundtable, poster sessions and two joint sessions.

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Excellence Commission Approves 57 Clusters of Excellence: Joint Press Release DFG (German Research Council) and WR (German Council of Science and Humanities)

Funding decisions have now been made in Germany’s Excellence Strategy, a programme designed to strengthen top-level research at universities in Germany. On 27 September 2018, the Excellence Commission, consisting of the members of the international Committee of Experts and the research ministers of the federal and state governments, approved 57 Clusters of Excellence to be funded from among the 88 proposed projects. The 57 Clusters of Excellence now approved are based at 34 universities. A total of 40 will be implemented by an individual university, 14 by two universities, and three by a consortium of three. Approximately 49 percent of the projects build on Clusters of Excellence or Graduate Schools that have been funded through Germany’s Excellence Initiative since 2012.

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Upcoming events

Indo-German Dialogue: Universities as Enablers of Excellence in Entrepreneurship

On the occasion of 150 years Anniversary of Technical University of Munich (TUM), the German Centre for Research and Innovation- DWIH New Delhi together with Technical University of Munich (TUM) cordially invite participants to Indo-German Dialogue: Universities as Enablers of Excellence in Entrepreneurship. Two best practices of entrepreneurial universities namely, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi will present and discuss how universities in Germany and India can create a supportive environment for innovation and a culture driven by powering ideas.

Participation only by invitation

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Science Circle Lecture on “New Insights and Hot Topics from Climate Science”

A Science Circle Lecture on the topic “New Insights and Hot Topics from Climate Science” by Prof Dr Stefan Rahmstorf and Prof Dr Johan Rockström 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 November 2, 2018. Prof Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Physics of the Oceans, Potsdam University and Chair of Earth System Analysis, PIK and Prof Johan Rockström is Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

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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.

Webinar: MBA at Kempten University of Applied Sciences

MBA programme International Business Management & Leadership in Germany for executives and Young Professionals

October 18, 2018, 15:00 hrs, any place convenient to the participant with a good internet connection

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Bachelors in Germany

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

New Delhi: October 22, 2018, 16:45 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, R. K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi

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Advanced Research in Germany & DAAD Funding
Find out everything about pursuing research in Germany - the research scenario, eligibility, admission procedures, finding a research guide and more.
Chennai: October 22, 2018, 15:15 hrs, Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) Taramani Chennai
Open to students and research scholars of the Institute
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Masters in Germany

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

New Delhi: October 23, 2018, 16:45 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, R.K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi 110029

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Webinar: Master Studies in Germany

Germany is renowned for the excellent quality of education it provides. Join this webinar to learn more about the prerequisites and application procedures for a Masters degree in Germany.
October 25, 2018, 15:00 hrs, any place convenient to the participant with a good internet connection

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ReDiscover Germany – Higher Education and Beyond!

Mumbai: October 27, 2018, 14:00 hrs, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

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Masters in Germany

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

New Delhi: October 30, 2018, 16:45 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, R.K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi 110029

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Bachelors in Germany

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

New Delhi: November 5, 2018, 16:45 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, R. K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi

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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 Applications: ‘Cultures of archival research in Germany and India’

The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi and the German Research Foundation (DFG) announce a joint call for research proposals addressing the theme of ‘Cultures of Archival Research in Germany and India’. In order to promote critical reflection on archives and their uses by historians, a transnational workshop is being planned which will take place in Germany: first in Marburg between 15 and 18 May 2019, and later in Berlin between 18 and 21 May 2019. The workshop is particularly addressed to about 20 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from Germany and India who have already gained some experience in archival research. German participants should be working on aspects of the history of India while Indian participants should be interested in theoretical and methodological questions of archives.

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PhD Positions in Solar System Science

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen(“Solar System School”) offers a research-oriented doctoral program covering the physical aspects of Solar system science. It is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen. Research at the MPS covers three main areas: “Sun and Heliosphere”, “Solar and Stellar Interiors” and “Planets and Comets”. The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and offers an international three-year PhD program. Applicants must have, or must be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, earth sciences or a related field, including a written Masters thesis.

Application deadline: November 15, 2018

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PhD Appointments at IMPRS for Astronomy & Astrophysics Bonn, Cologne

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy & Astrophysics is a joint doctoral program between the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy (Bonn) and the Universities of Bonn and Cologne. Applications are invited from candidates who have successfully completed their Master’s and would like to research in observational and theoretical astrophysics.

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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PhD positions at International Max Planck Research School for Chemistry and Physics of Quantum Materials

The International Max Planck Research School for Chemistry and Physics of Quantum Materials (IMPRS-CPQM) is offering a joint PhD programme between the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, Technische Universität Dresden and the University of St Andrews, Scotland. It will provide successful candidates with a stimulating environment and the opportunity to interact and work with leading scientists from the three sites. Most positions will be filled with students holding a Masters degree (or equivalent), but applications from candidates with excellent Bachelor degrees will also be considered.
Excellent candidates from any country are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: November 30, 2018

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Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2019

The 69th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2019, dedicated to Physics, is going to held be from June 30-July 5, 2019. A group of Indian students and young researchers is sent every year to Lindau, Germany, by the Indian Department of Science and Technology and the Lindau Council to discuss major issues of importance to their fields with Nobel Laureates and also with other students from around the world. Participants should be below 35 years of age. Master students, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can apply. Selected researchers will get an opportunity to stay in Germany for two weeks. The second week, from July 6-12, 2019 will include a trip to select German institutes of repute and is sponsored and organized by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Application Deadline: November 30, 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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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 for Biogeochemistry

The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena conducts research into global material cycles and the associated chemical and physical processes. Carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen are four elements that are crucial to life whose compounds are transported by plants, animals and microorganisms and distributed via the air and water. The scientists in Jena seek to gain a better understanding of the complex interaction between the organisms in the soil and the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, as well as the influence of humans on these natural processes. How do ecosystems react to various climate conditions, land-use practice and species diversity? To this effect, scientists at the Institute compare historical data with current observations from field experiments and measurement campaigns in order to draw conclusions on the future adaptability of organisms. They also work closely with the Max Planck Institutes for Meteorology in Hamburg and Chemistry in Mainz.

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A bolt of lightning is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun.


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