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Wiss-Nama Newsletter March 2019

28.03.2019 - Press release

News from Indo-German Cooperation

Science Circle Lecture on Elementary Particle Physics by Prof. Arnulf Quadt

What the World is made of’ was the question addressed by Prof. Dr. Arnulf Quadt, Professor, Experimental Particle Physics, University of Göttingen, Germany, at the Science Circle Lecture on 26th March at the German Embassy. In his presentation, Porf. Quadt explained latest scientific discoveries in particle physics made at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. LHC is the particle physics collider with the highest energy world-wide.

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Highlights from India and Germany

Scientist A.K. Mohanty is BARC Director

Distinguished scientist A.K. Mohanty, who is Director, Physics Group at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), took over as the Director of BARC.  Mohanty, also the Director of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkata, took over his new assignment from K.N. Vyas, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy.

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Tuition Fee for foreign students slashed out by IIT-Delhi

In a step to reverse the trend of Indian students going abroad to pursue higher education, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi launched the ‘International PhD Fellowship Programme’ (IPFP). Under IPFP, the institute aims at enrolling 500 foreign-based students to research under its faculty. Earlier, a foreign student used to pay $2,000 (roughly Rs 1.41 lakh) per semester as tuition fee to pursue PhD at IIT-Delhi which now has been slashed to US$150 (roughly Rs 10,500) per semester. Additionally, the foreign PhD scholars will get Rs 31,000 as monthly stipend along with accommodation.

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Asia and Europe from a transcultural perspective: The new Heidelberg Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS)

A new Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) at Heidelberg University will be opened in 2019. CATS brings together the South Asia Institute, the Centre for East Asian Studies, the Institute of Anthropology and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). These institutions are situated in four buildings surrounding a square with a newly-built underground library, which will provide central access to four departmental libraries and which will house a Digital & Computational Humanities Unit, the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA). The official opening will take place on 25 June 2019.

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Strong Mayors can create smart cities: The Heidelberg experience

Heidelberg University, Observer Research Foundation and School of Planning and Architecture Delhi organised a talk on “Stepping into action – Heidelberg 2030” delivered by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Eckart Würzner, Mayor of the City of Heidelberg, which took place on February 25, at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Renate Schimkoreit, Minister and Head of the Department for Economic and Global Affairs, German Embassy.

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Upcoming Events and Conferences

Indo-German Seminar on Bauhaus @ 100

Experts from India and Germany will come together to think and reflect upon the future of architecture and its education, under the historic moments of revisiting the past 100 years of Bauhaus at the Indo-German Seminar on Bauhaus. Bauhaus, the modern school of design thinking with strong pedagogic goals remains a light house of architectural education, for a century. Topics of the talk will include Architectural Pedagogy and Knowledge Futures, Design Thinking and Contemporary Art and Urban Futures and Architectural Research. The seminar will take place on April 6 in Roorkee and on April 8 in New Delhi.

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Webinar: Masters in Germany

March 28, 2019 15:00 to 16:00, any place convenient to the participant with a good internet connection

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Calls for Proposals

Fourth Annual Research and Orientation Workshop on Refugees and Migrants

Applications are invited for a Research and Orientation Workshop to be held in Kolkata from November 25 to November 29, 2019. The workshop will be organised by the Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. It will address issues of protection for refugees and migrants, gender, race, religion and other faultlines in the protection regime, neo-liberalism and migrant labour, statelessness, borderlands and the Indian and South Asian experiences in a global context. Research papers or creative pieces such as photo exhibits or documentaries relevant to the themes mentioned above will have to be presented by selected participants in the workshop which will deliberate on the findings. Applicants must have experience in research work in migration and forced migration studies or policy work in relevant areas, or, at least 5 years’ experience in the work for protection of migrants and victims of forced migration.

Application deadline: March 31, 2019

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IGCS Summer School 2019: Smart Grids – Electricity networks as the backbone of a carbon neutral society

The 2019 Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) summer school will look at various aspects of smart grids like Concepts of electrical energy networks, Stakeholder interaction: transmission systems, distribution systems, rural electrification, Sector coupling: energy conversion, storage, utilization, Grid components and Power grids under the aspects of economy, ecology and Regulation. It will take place at Technical University Dresden, Germany from June 15-26, 2019. The course is open to German* and Indian Master and Ph.D. students in academic fields of engineering, environmental and social sciences (specialization in sustainable development is desirable. The IGCS serves the cooperation between German and Indian scientists on fundamental and applied research, teaching and training, dissemination of information in the area of sustainable development. 

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Indo-German Cooperation in Health Research

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) support Research and Development projects in fields of common interest. The purpose of the funding initiative is to stimulate new collaborations, e.g. the preparation of joint projects under national funding programmes. The initiative facilitates bilateral cooperation between the scientific communities of India and Germany by way of joint research projects, bilateral workshops/seminars, exchange visits of scientists, scientific delegations and composite (scientific and industrial) delegations. Scientists/faculty members working in regular capacity in universities, national R&D laboratories/ institutes and private R&D institutes can apply under this programme.

Application deadline: April 1, 2019

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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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16 PhD Positions in Münster (Germany) in the field of Imaging Cellular Processes and Disease

The joint graduate program of the Research Cluster Cells in Motion (CiM) and the International Max Planck Research School - Molecular Biomedicine (IMPRS-MBM) offers positions to pursue PhD projects in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer science. Scientists with a vivid interest in interdisciplinary projects to image cell dynamics from the subcellular to the patient level can apply. PhD projects range from the analysis of basic cellular processes to clinical translation, from the application of novel biophysical approaches and the generation of mathematical models to the development of new imaging-related techniques and compounds.

Application deadline: April 26, 2018

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Rising Star 2.0: Opportunities in Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy at Freie Universität Berlin

To advance internationalisation and to attract a greater number of outstanding junior research groups to Free University’s faculty the already-existent Rising Star Programme is going to be extended. The aim hereby is to attract top-early-career-scientists to the department’s research groups. The purpose is to integrate young scientists into the research activities of the host-working groups and into currently existing research networks. All scientists are eligible up to four years after completing their doctorate.

Application deadline: May 31, 2019

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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, 2019

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Funding Opportunities for Indo-German Fundamental Research Projects in the Life Sciences

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) inform the Indian and German scientific communities that effective immediately, it is possible for teams of Indian and German researchers to seek synchronised funding for integrated Indo-German cutting-edge fundamental research projects proposing innovative approaches in the academic disciplines covered by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, with a duration of up to three years.

Application deadline: December 31, 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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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.

IIT Guwahati

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, the sixth member of the IIT fraternity, was established in 1994. The academic programme of IIT Guwahati commenced in 1995. At present the Institute has eleven departments and five inter-disciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes. Research is an integral part of the activities of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. The Institute conducts researches within its academic programmes under all the departments and the academic centres. Various MoUs have been signed with leading German universities for MoU for Reseach Collaboration, Student & faculty Exchange.

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