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Wiss-Nama Newsletter November 2018

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News from Indo-German Cooperation

“Hot Topics from Climate Science”: Lecture by experts from Germany hosted at Embassy

Heat waves, flash floods and tropical cyclones – how and to what extent are such recent extreme weather events affected by climate change? Have we already passed the critical tipping points in the climate system? How much sea-level rise are we already committed to? These were some of the questions discussed at a Science Circle Lecture at the German Embassy on Friday, 2nd November. The lecture was given by two internationally renowned experts from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany: Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf and Prof. Johan Rockström.

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Celebrating 150 Years of Technical University of Munich at German Embassy

Technical University of Munich (TUM) came together with the German Centre for Research and Innovation - DWIH New Delhi to celebrate 150 years of TUM. The event was hosted at the German Embassy on 31st October. Prof. Dr Juliane Winkelmann, Senior Vice President International Alliances and Alumni at the Technical University of Munich and Dr. Anil Wali, Managing Director, Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer, IIT Delhi explained how universities in India and Germany can create a supportive environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.

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IIT KGP-Munich varsity to push hi-tech mobility in India

A two-day workshop was organised by IIT Kharagpur and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in the context of the newly-established Indo-German Collaborative Research Centre on Intelligent Transportation Systems - a joint centre of the IIT and TUM located within the campus. This workshop, supported by the Indo-German Science and Technology Center (IGSTC) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), brought together various transportation experts from Indian and German academia and industry, as well as policy makers and law enforcement agencies. They discussed potential solutions in the domains of Intelligent Solutions for Transportation Integration, Technologies for Electric Vehicles and Batteries, and Systems and Software Challenges in next generation vehicular technologies.

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Leibniz Lecture jointly organised by DFG and IIT Delhi

German Research Foundation (DFG) and IIT Delhi jointly organized a very interactive Leibniz Lecture on 19th November. The Lecture was given by Prof. Dr Joachim Spatz who in 2017 received the Leibniz Award, Germany’s most prestigious scientific award. In his lecture Prof. Spatz explained his approach regarding ‘Sequential Bottom-Up Assembly of synthetic cells’. Put simply, his research is about how to create life from matter. Stephan Lanzinger, Head of the Science and Technology at the German Embassy gave a welcome address.

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Highlights from India and Germany

Union HRD Minister launches the web portal of the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) in New Delhi

The Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar launched the web portal of the Scheme “Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC)” in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that SPARC scheme aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world. Under this Scheme, 600 joint research proposals will be awarded for 2 years to facilitate strong research collaboration between Indian research groups with the best in class faculty and renowned research groups in the leading universities of the world, in areas that are at the cutting edge of science or with direct social relevance to the mankind, specifically India.

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Upcoming Events and Conferences

Seminar on Opportunities & Challenges of a “frugal AGE”: How frugal innovations can help secure affordable and green excellence

The German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi is organising a seminar that intends to showcase how frugal innovations go beyond mere low-cost solutions and that affordable price is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for success. Experts from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), together with local partners from India, will present best-practice examples from German and Indian companies about implementing a successful frugal innovation strategy. The examples will also demonstrate how firms can use the potential of Indo-German collaboration for enhancing global competitiveness. This seminar will be organised in Bangalore and Pune on December 11, 12 and 13 respectively.

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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.

Bachelors in Germany

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

New Delhi: December 3 and 17, 2018, 16:45 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, R. K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi

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Webinar: Master Studies in Germany

Germany is renowned for the excellent quality of education it provides. Join this online seminar to learn more about the prerequisites and application procedures for a Masters degree in Germany.

December 3, 2018, 15:00 hrs, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection

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Masters in Germany

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

New Delhi:  December 4, 11 and 18, 2018, 16:45 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, R.K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi 110029

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Higher Studies & Research Opportunities in Germany

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

Chennai: December 7, 2018 11:00 hrs, DAAD IC Chennai, 20/10 Jaganathan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai -600034

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Studying in Germany

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

Pune: December 13, 2018, 10:30 hrs, DAAD Information Centre Pune, Indo German Chamber of Commerce, 710 Nucleus Mall, 1 Church Road, Pune 411001

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Webinar: Offenburg’s International Master’s Degree Programs

December 13, 2018, 15:00 hrs, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection

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Calls for Proposals

Cooperation on Research & Innovation between DBT and the EU in Horizon 2020 Work Programmes

Indian researchers, universities, research organisations and enterprises can team up with European partners to participate in collaborative projects under ‘Horizon 2020’, the funding programme for research and innovation of the European Union. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the European Commission (EC) have agreed to establish a Co-Funding Mechanism, by which DBT will fund Indian partners in a collaborative project. Research partners from Indian Government supported academia, research organisations and urban or other local bodies, NGOs and research foundations are eligible for funding.

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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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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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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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50th IFF Spring School 2019: “Scattering! Soft, Functional and Quantum Materials”

The Institut für Festkörperforschung (IFF) Spring School 2019 will provide a solid introduction into scattering methods for the investigation of condensed matter and biomaterials. Advanced methods at novel large scale facilities like the x-ray free electron laser XFEL or the MW spallation sources will be highlighted. The power of modern scattering techniques will be demonstrated by examples for topical research in various fields - from Quantum Materials through Functional Materials to Soft Matter and Life Sciences. Finally, complementary techniques such as electron spectroscopy, modern electron microscopy etc. will be presented. The School is open for students and young researchers who have a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and physics or chemistry of condensed matter.
Application deadline: January 10, 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.

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay was established in 1958. It is recognised worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and research. It attracts the best students from the country for its bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes. IIT Bombay also builds links with peer universities and institutes, both at national and international levels. Recently it was declared as Institute of Eminence by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The programmes and courses that are offered at the institute have the flexibility to evolve in response to new requirements. Many MoUs have been signed between IITB and German universities and organisations over the years such as Technical University Munich, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films, DAAD, Friedrich-Alexander University, Freie University Berlin among others.

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Chalk is made from trillions of microscopic plankton fossils.

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