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Wiss-Nama Newsletter October 2020

14.10.2020 - Press release

News from Indo-German Cooperation


Double Nobel Prize win for Germany

This year’s Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics go to two researchers of Germany’s Max Planck Society: Emmanuelle Charpentier, Director at the Max Planck Research Unit for the Science of Pathogens, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Together with Jennifer Doudna, molecular biologist at UC Berkeley, she was honoured for her work on the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing tool. The Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Reinhard Genzel, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, for his observations of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Genzel shares half of the prize with Andrea Ghez at UC, Los Angeles. The other half goes to Roger Penrose, Oxford University, for his contributions to black hole research.
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Germany leads OECD countries on popularity of STEM fields

The latest “Education at a Glance” report of the OECD sees Germany as world-leading in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The OECD figures show that STEM subjects are more popular in Germany than in any other country. Over a third of all university graduates (35%) obtained a degree in a STEM field in 2018, putting Germany ahead of India, and the Russian Federation. Germany has around 400,000 international students, over 25% more than in 2014, and nearly half of international students have enrolled for STEM subjects. The engineering programmes are particularly popular, at 29%. A full 70% of Indian students in Germany opt for an engineering degree.
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Number of winter semester applications rise in Germany

Despite Corona, the interest of foreign applicants in studying in Germany remains unbroken. Almost 60,000 applications were received from 183 countries for a bachelor's or master's degree in Germany for the winter semester. The number of applications is around 80 percent of the previous year and even exceeds the numbers for the 2017/2018 winter semester and all previous years. India leads the top 3 with 8,300 applications, followed by China (4750) and Syria (3100).
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Highlights from Germany and India

EU Research ministers have reached agreement over “Horizon Europe”

The EU is one step away from launching the next phase of their large-scale Horizon research programme. Once greenlighted by the European Commission and European Parliament, “Horizon Europe” will be the world’s biggest research programme, spanning from 2021 to 2024. The focus missions include adaptation to climate change, societal transformation, cancer, healthy oceans and inland waters, smart cities, and soil health. Horizon Europe will be closely linked to the €750 billion “Next Generation EU” post-Corona recovery programme and will put a strong focus on international research cooperation. Many top Indian researchers have been a part of such consortia in the past Horizon 2020 programme. German Research Minister Anja Karliczek said: “This agreement is a big step forward on the way to (..) a future-oriented program to promote research and innovation.”
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Upcoming events

Webtalk on Urban Climate Change responses: What is the role of Geomatics?

On 27 October, DWIH New Delhi and the Leibniz-Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development invite to an expert exchange on geomatics-based urban climate change solutions. Indian and German researchers will compare perspectives on key topics including the simulation of urban climate impacts, the monitoring and prediction of urban air quality monitoring, and the use of land indicators.
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Namaste+ Webtalk on German Higher Education system

On October 28, University of Goettingen‘s NAMASTE+ initiative is organizing a Web Talk on the “German Higher Education System”. This talk will offer insight in numerous facets of Germany´s education system and the conditions and requirements for international students, as well as aspects to consider when establishing cooperations with German universities. Namaste+ is coordinated by University of Göttingen and is funded by the DAAD and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
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Science Circle Lecture: The impact of nutritional interventions on child and cognitive development

On 23 November, DWIH New Delhi, the University of Goettingen, and the German Embassy New Delhi host a Science Circle Lecture by Dr. Sebastian Vollmer on nutritional interventions on a child and his cognitive development. Despite growing policy commitment and decades of extensive research, nutritional deficiencies remain a key challenge for health systems worldwide. The lecture will examine the impact of key interventions aiming to improve cognitive outcomes among children in developing countries.
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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.

Web Capsule: Student Life in Germany

Meet students who have studied or are studying in Germany and get to know about their experience. In this interactive session you can ask them your questions, too!
October 15, 3:00 PM, Online: read more and register


Web Q&A: PhD in Germany

Attend if you have questions about PhD in Germany!
October 19, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online: read more and register


Web Q&A: DAAD HSK (Summer Course) Scholarships

October 20, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online: read more and Register


Web Capsule: How Germany shaped my life

Mr Arun Prasad from BMW India will share his experience - about his student years in Germany and about his career later.
October 21, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online: read more and Register


Web Session: PhD in Germany

Attend this webinar to know more about PhD in Germany.
October 22, 2020, 4:00 PM, Online: read more and Register


Web Q&A: Master Studies in Germany

Ask your questions about Master Studies in Germany!
October 26, 2020, 5:00 PM, Online: read more and Register


Web Q&A: DAAD Scholarships

Get all your questions about the application process of the DAAD scholarship programmes viz. WISE, PhD, PhD Sandwich, HSK, In-Region Scholarship Programmes answered!
October 27, 2020, 5:00 PM, Online: read more and Register


Web Session: Master Studies in Germany

Learn more about Master Studies in Germany!
October 29, 2020, 11:00 AM, Online: read more and register

Calls for Proposals

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) Worldwide 2021

Research groups, laboratories and doctoral students can apply to invite and host a well-qualified student from Germany as a research intern to assist them with their proposed research projects in India. Students may come from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, computer science, medicine, or a closely related field, and receive a DAAD scholarship to help cover living expenses and travel costs.
Application deadline: October 15, 2020
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ICAS:MP Short-Term Fellowships for the academic year July 2021-June 2022

The Merian – Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies (ICAS:MP invites applications for fellowships for the academic year July 2021-June 2022. Thematic Modules of ICAS:MP include: History as a Political Category, Critiques and Renewals of Democracy, Normative Conflicts and Transformations, The Challenge of Gender, Political Economy of Growth and Distribution, and Media and the Constitution of the Political. The fellowships are open to applicants of all nationalities, particularly to applicants based at German and Indian academic institutions. The research project must be related to the research programme of a thematic module and to the broader ICAS:MP research agenda.
Application deadline: October 31, 2020
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DBT-BMBF Joint Call on Phytoherapy

The German Research Ministry and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) invite applications for research in areas of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Biology as well as Biotechnology Research on plant based medicines. R&D institutes as well as researchers from the private sector can apply.
Application deadline: October 31, 2020
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Solar System School Call for applications: PhD positions in 2020

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen (“Solar System School”) offers PhD positions in a research-oriented doctoral programme covering the physical aspects of Solar system science. The PhD programme is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen. Research covers main areas such as sun and heliosphere, solar and stellar interiors, and planets and comets. Applicants must have or must be about to obtain an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, earth sciences or a related field, including a written Master’s thesis.
Application deadline: November 1, 2020
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IMPRS-SPCE Virtual Doctoral conference on the social and political constitution of the economy

The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) is hosting the First Doctoral Conference on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy online, from March 24–26, 2021. The event will give doctoral students whose research addresses the complex linkages between economic and social action the opportunity to present their work and receive constructive and well-informed feedback from an audience of peers. Interested doctoral students can apply by submitting a 300–500 word abstract including the research topic and the theoretical and methodological approach of their proposed paper.
Application deadline: November 8, 2020
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Special Call for Indo-German Bilateral Virtual Workshops

The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) invites proposals for Indo-German virtual thematic workshops for interactions between scientists/researchers from academia and industry. The workshops are to be designed around a specific research topic out of thematic areas relevant to both DST and BMBF. Scientists holding regular positions in public or private non-profit research organisations, institutions of higher education and universities are eligible to submit applications. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
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DBT invites applications under the EU framework progamme on R&I ‘Horizon 2020’

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in cooperation with the European Commission (EC) is co-funding collaborative projects in the last Horizon 2020 Work programme on ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: research and innovation in support of the European Green Deal’. The Green Deal calls support innovative solutions in research and innovation with regards to climate change and thereby underpin the “Green Deal” as proclaimed by Commission President von der Leyen. Public as well as private universities, research institutes and industry are eligible to apply.
Application deadline: January 26, 2021
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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.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis: until February 28, 2021.
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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 Solar System Research (MPS)

Since 1934, the MPS has been home to world-leading research on our solar system, including its planets and moons, its comets and asteroids, and of course the Sun. Today, researchers at MPS (one of 86 research institutes of the Max Planck Society) develop and build scientific instruments for investigating these bodies in cooperation with highly specialized engineers. The instruments are mainly used in outer space, which is made possible through the institute’s collaboration in numerous missions of ESA and NASA. Many Indian PhD candidates have passed through the MPS doctoral programme (see current call above). Some of these PhDs have led to the establishment of Partner Groups abroad, where returning post-docs in their home institute The collaboration with the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune is one of these partner groups. Its main objective is to study the dynamics and coupling of the solar atmosphere with emphasis on eruptive phenomena on the Sun, heating of the upper solar atmosphere and climate relationship.
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