Wiss-Nama Newsletter July 2019

29.07.2019 - Press release

Highlights from India and Germany

11 Institutions Declared 'Excellence Universities' under the German Excellence Strategy

10 universities and one university association made it to the list of the best German universities, also referred to as ‘Excellence Universities’ under the ‘Excellence Strategy‘, an initiative by the German government to promote cutting edge research at German Universities. The universities and university alliance were chosen from a final pool of 19 applicants: 17 individual universities and two alliances of several universities.

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IISc is now the world's second best research institute: QS University Rankings

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore was ranked second in the University Rankings, globally for its research facilities. This makes IISc the first Indian institution to get nearly 100,000 citations in research papers in a span of five years. Last year, the institute was ranked sixth among the top performing Indian universities. The Indian institutions that featured in the top 500 universities included IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IISc Bangalore, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, University of Delhi and IIT Guwahati.

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Upcoming Events and Conferences

Workshop: E-Waste Management - Issues & Challenges

E-waste (electronic waste) is a prominent emerging problem in India. A recent study by Assocham declares India among the top five countries in e-waste generation. Despite initiatives like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) and Smart Cities, India is still producing high amount of e-waste. German Centre for Innovation and Research (DWIH) New Delhi), Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH) Aachen University and Max Planck Society are organizing a Workshop on the topic of E-Waste management on September 11 and 12 in IIT Madras, Chennai.

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Dystopian Futures of the Past: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its Social Impact through Film and Literature

The German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi is organizing an  event on September 13 which is designed to encourage conversations about how artificial intelligence may impact our life and world in the years to come. The idea is not to paint a dystopian picture of the future. For this reason, the event involves the screening of an old rather than a current movie. The aim is, rather, to explore how movies and literature can serve as reservoirs of ideas for our thought about current or future trends, and to explore – as an example and the focus of the event – how such thinking can help us get a better grip on A.I.’s consequences.

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Science Circle Lecture: Artificial Intelligence and Individuality

A Science Circle Lecture on the topic Artificial Intelligence and Individuality by Prof. Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten will be organised by German Embassy and DWIH New Delhi on October 14. Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten is Professor and Director of the group Individual and Technology at the Department of Society, Technology, and Human Factors at RWTH Aachen University. She is affiliated with the Human Technology Center at RWTH Aachen University. Her research interests include social effects of artificial entities, human-robot interaction, linguistic alignment with robots and virtual agents, presence, and communication in social media.

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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.

Higher Studies & Research Opportunities in Germany

Vellore: August 2, 2019, 10:45 AM, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu 632014

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Pre-Departure Meet for Winter Intake 2019

Pune: August 3, 2019, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sevasadan English Medium School, 1410, Patwardhan Baug, Near Dinanath Margeshkar Hospital, Erandwane

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Pre-Departure Meet for Winter Intake 2019

Bengaluru: August 5, 2019, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Seminar Hall, Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, 1st Stage, Chinmaya Mission Hospital Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038

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Pre-Departure Meet for Winter Intake 2019

Mumbai: August 5, 2019, 4:00 PM, Library, Goethe-Institut Mumbai, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort

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Webinar: Pre-Departure Session

August 12, 2019, 3:00 PM, any place convenient to the participant with a good internet connection

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Study and Research in Germany

August 12, 2019, 4:00 PM, Library, Goethe-Institut Mumbai, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort

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Calls for proposals

Open Call for Indo-German Bilateral Workshops

The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) invites proposals for organising Indo-German workshops in areas of mutual interest with an aim towards creating platforms for substantive interactions between scientists / researchers from academia and industry. The workshops have to take place in India or in Germany and to be designed around a specific research topic out of thematic areas relevant to both Department of Science and Technology (DST) and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which includes the thematic areas of 2+2 project calls. Any other relevant topics of very high importance may also be considered. Persons holding regular positions in public or private non-profit research organisations, institutions of higher education and universities are eligible to submit applications.

Application deadline: July 31, 2019

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IMPRS-gBGC PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences
In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry houses a unique and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus. The IMPRS-gBGC offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences. Applicants should hold (or are about to receive) a Master of Science or equivalent degree in natural sciences.

Application deadline: August 27, 2019

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IMPRS-ESM call for fellowships in interdisciplinary climate research

The International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM), located in Hamburg, Germany, offers fellowships to outstanding students interested in interdisciplinary climate research. The PhD program is open to applicants holding a Master’s degree (with written thesis) in physics, geophysical sciences (incl. meteorology and oceanography), chemistry, ecology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics, or political science. Also students currently still working on their MSc thesis are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: September 15, 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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Indo-German Collaborative Research Activities in Chemistry, Mathematics & Physics

Pursuant to the MoU between the Department of Science and Technology, India (DST) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG), DST and DFG are opening the possibility for joint Indo-German research project funding in the fields of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics. Indo-German teams of researchers are invited to submit joint proposals describing integrated research projects with duration of up to three years. These joint proposals in the fields of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics have to be based on a close interaction between the German and Indian research teams and should present joint project goals and a joint work plan with balanced contributions from all project partners.

Application deadline: November 20, 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 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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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 Science Education and Research, Kolkata

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata) was established in 2006 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. IISER Kolkata is an autonomous institution awarding its own degrees. The first two institutes, under this initiative, are IISER Kolkata (IISER-K) and IISER Pune in 2006, followed by IISER Mohali in 2007, and IISER Bhopal and IISER Thiruvananthapuram in 2008, IISER Tirupati in 2015 and IISER Berhampur in 2016. These Universities are devoted to Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching in sciences in an intellectually vibrant atmosphere of research. The central theme of the IISER Kolkata is to integrate education with research so that undergraduate teaching as well as doctoral and postdoctoral research work could be carried out in symbiosis.

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