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Wiss-Nama Newsletter June 2020

05.06.2020 - Press release

Highlights from India and Germany

Dr. Harsh Vardhan takes charge as WHO Executive Board chairman

Health, Family and Science&Research Minister Harsh Vardhan took charge as the chairman of the WHO Executive Board on May 22. Vardhan succeeds Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, former Chairman of the 34-member WHO Executive Board. An acclaimed ENT surgeon and fighter for the eradication of polio, Dr Vardhan is presently leading the national effort against the COVID-19 pandemic. After the end of his one year tenure, Dr Vardhan will continue to remain a member of the Assembly for two more years.

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German Government presents Federal Report on Research and Innovation

The German government presented the 2020 edition Federal Report on Research and Innovation. The biennial report presents the current structures, priorities and goals of research and innovation policy in Germany. Among other findings, the report shows that Germany is on a good path of reaching its 3.5% target spending of GDP on R&D till 2025, with R&D spendings currently standing at 3.13%.

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Around 30 Indian institutions are working to develop a nCoV-19 vaccine

Indian pharma companies and research groups in different scientific laboratories are working on as many as 30 different novel Coronavirus vaccines, and a few of them are expected to move into clinical trials later this year. A total of 100 potential vaccines are being developed all over the world out of which 30 are Indian. Prof. K.Vijayraghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India gave insights into the institutions and pharma companies working on these during a webinar organised by the Confederation for Indian Industry (CII) and Department of Science and Technology (DST). 

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German government launches new comprehensive special program for vaccine research and vaccine production against Corona

The key challenge to control the current pandemic is to develop and manufacture a vaccine. The German government has decided in the Corona Cabinet on a comprehensive special program for vaccine development. The program complements Germany's already substantial contribution to international efforts with a further national commitment.   The German Research Ministry has launched a special programme with up to €750 million to strengthen and accelerate vaccine development.

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Upcoming events and conferences

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.

Online Q&A Session: Study in Germany 

June 8: 3:00 PM, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection.

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Webinar: Studying at JLU Giessen

June 11: 3:00 PM, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection.

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Online Q&A Session: Study in Germany

June 15: 3:00 PM, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection.

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Webinar: Research opportunities for Indian Scholars

June 19: 5:30 PM, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection.

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Online Q&A Session: Study in Germany

June 22: 3:00 PM, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection.

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Webinar: Master Studies in Germany

June 25: 3:00 PM, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection.

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Online Q&A Session: Study in Germany

June 29: 3:00 PM, any place convenient to the participant with good internet connection.

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Calls for Proposals

DBT-DFG Programme for Indo-German Fundamental Research Projects in the Life Sciences

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) invite applications from Indian and German scientific researchers to seek synchronised funding for integrated Indo-German cutting-edge fundamental research projects proposing innovative approaches in the academic disciplines covered by DBT, with a duration of up to three years. It is also suitable for Indo-German projects about epidemics or pandemics such as the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Funding will be granted for only those proposals where both DBT and DFG recommend funding.

Application deadline: May 11, 2020 - February 28, 2121.

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INDIA-EU Co-funding for call for expression of interest on Covid-19 under ‘Horizon 2020’ work programme

The European Commission (EC) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) invite proposals to develop innovative and rapid health-related approaches and deliver quick results for a higher preparedness of health systems. The call is open for proposals from four fields: 1) Manufacturing repurposing for medical supplies and equipment; 2) Medical technologies, Digital tools and Artificial Intelligence (AI) analytics to improve surveillance and care; 3) Pan-European COVID-19 cohorts; and 4) Networking of existing EU and international cohorts of relevance to COVID-19

Application deadline: June 11, 2020

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Call for nominations for Max Planck India Partner Groups and Max Planck India Mobility Grants for Junior Scientists

The Max Planck Society invites applications to boost its collaboration with India: Max Planck Partner Groups support collaboration between Max-Planck Institutes and former foreign guest scientists who have returned to their home country in target research areas which are scientifically promising and innovative. Max Planck-India Mobility Grants provide funding for short-term visits of young Indian Scientists to Max Planck Institutes over a period of four years.

Application deadline: September 15, 2020

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The German Chancellor Fellowship

The 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, 2020

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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 and Research, Pune

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune is a premier institute dedicated to research and teaching in the basic sciences. It was established in 2006 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). In 2012, it was declared as an Institute of National Importance. IISER Pune has initiated a 5 years Integrated Masters programme and a post-Masters PhD programme in Integrated Sciences for students from all over the world. IISER maintains international relations with various German institutes and universities like Max-Planck Gesellschaft (MPG), Georg-August-University, Goettingen, and Leipzig University.

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Did you know?

The blue whale can produce sounds up to 188 decibels, which is the loudest sound produced by a living animal and has been detected as far away as 530 miles.



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