Wiss-Nama Newsletter January 2019

15.01.2019 - Press release

News from Indo-German Cooperation

Heidelberg University organizes two more workshops on Sustainable Urban Development

The India Office of the Heidelberg University, jointly with Observer Research Foundation and the School of Planning and Architechture Delhi, organized two workshops on Smart Cities: Sustainable Urban Development in Ranchi (Jharkhand) and Kolkata (West Bengal). The two-day workshop in Ranchi  (November 19-20) was co-organized in collaboration with the Impact and Policy Research Institute, Council for Social Development, the Government of Jharkhand, Urban Development and Housing Department, Ranchi Smart City Corporation Ltd, the Central University of Jharkhand and the Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi. The two-day workshop in Kolkata (November 27-28) was held under the aegis of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kolkata, and co-organized in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, University of Calcutta and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata. Both events were supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. The workshops were held in continuation of similar initiatives since 2016; previously organized in Aizawl, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Kochi, New Delhi, New Town (Kolkata), Pune, Ranchi and Shimla. The events brought together scholars, students, policy makers, bureaucrats, government authorities and civil society representatives from both national and the State levels.

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Highlights from India and Germany

PM Modi opens Science Congress in Jalandhar

A large number of eminent scientists, including 3 Nobel Laureates participated in the 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar from January 3-7, 2019, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The focal theme of this year’s Congress was ‘Future India: Science and Technology’. As many as 30,000 delegates attended the 4-day meet.

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Upcoming Events and Conferences 

Science Circle Lecture on Simple Heuristics for a Complex World by Prof Dr Gerd Gigerenzer

Complex problems require complex solutions - so the advent of big data analytics and artificial intelligence suggests. In this Science Circle Lecture on January 17, 2019, Prof. Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer will argue that this belief is only true in a relatively stable world, but not for an uncertain world, as the failure of the complex forecasting methods leading to the 2008 financial crisis illustrates. Under uncertainty, simple heuristics can predict as accurately or better as complex machine learning algorithms, and in a more transparent way to boot. Prof. Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer is partner of Simply Rational - The Institute for Decisions. He is former Director of the Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) Center at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Law at the University of Virginia.

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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.

Study & Research in Germany

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

Pune: January 17, 2019, 16:00 hrs, DAAD IC Pune, Indo German Chamber of Commerce, 710 Nucleus Mall, 1 Church Road, Pune 411001

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Bachelors in Germany

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

New Delhi: January 21, 2019, 16:45 hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, R.K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi 110029

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Master Studies in Germany

Find out everything about pursuing Masters in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures and more.
New Delhi: January 22, 2019, 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

Join this webinar to learn more about the prerequisites and application procedures for a Masters degree in Germany.

January 24, 2019, 15:00 hrs, any place convenient to the participant with a good internet connection

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Calls for proposals

Falling Labs India 2019

The DWIH - German Centre for Research and Innovation New Delhi and the DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service, together with the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, bring to you the next edition of the Falling Walls Lab India 2019. This initiative is supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany. Falling Walls Lab is a unique competition that provides young researchers and entrepreneurs a platform to present their research project business plan or social initiative. The winner gets to compete with Falling Walls Lab winners from across the world at the global Lab finale that takes place in Berlin on November 8, 2019, and also gets a ticket to the prestigious Falling Walls Conference in Berlin where leaders from science, industry and policy-making meet.

Application deadline: January 15, 2019

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IGSTC 2+2 Call

Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) invites proposals for Joint R&D&I Projects of industrial relevance on 2+2 Mode of Partnership in thematic Areas like sustainable chemical process Technologies, Technologies to mitigate water and air Pollution and solid waste Management Technologies. Applicants from public and private non-profit Research organisations, public and private institutions of higher education, universities and public or private companies are eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: February 4, 2019

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Doctoral Scholarships at the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg

The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) at Heidelberg University welcomes applications for up to four doctoral scholarships beginning in the winter semester 2019/20. Applicants are expected to submit a doctoral project with a strong affiliation to the research framework of the HCTS. Prospective candidates must hold an M.A. or equivalent in a discipline of the humanities or social sciences with an above-average grade. Two doctoral scholarships are offered in cooperation with the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP). Only international candidates are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: February 15, 2019

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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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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 Molecular Biomedicine

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine investigates the formation of cells, tissues and organs. Scientists make use of molecular-biological and cell-biological methods in a bid to discover how cells exchange information, which molecules control their behaviour and what faults in the dialogue between cells cause diseases to develop. The work of the Institute’s departments is dedicated to three areas. One field in which the Institute is active is stem cell research. Scientists study how stem cells can be generated and how they might be used to treat diseases. Another research area is that of inflammation processes, where one of the objectives is to fully understand the effects of blood poisoning. The third field of research is blood vessel growth, with the aim of identifying its underlying mechanisms. This could lead to new targets for the development of therapies as angiogenesis plays a role in pathological processes, such as the growth of tumors and metastases.

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Did you Know?

The temperature of the earth’s core is around 7500 Kelvins, which is hotter than the surface of the sun.

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