Wiss-Nama Newsletter November 2020

20.11.2020 - Press release

News from Indo-German cooperation

Germany ranks fourth worldwide in terms of international students

The latest “Wissenschaft Weltoffen” report sees Germany overtaking France in the global ranking of countries with the most international students. Around 320,000 international students study in Germany. Students from India make up around 7%, making India the second most popular source country after China (13%). The share of international students is particularly high for Master and PhD courses, which are often taught in English. Despite the pandemic, Germany received around 60,000 applications from Indian students for the winter semester. According to DAAD President Joybrata Mukherjee, good pandemic management helped Germany retain its good reputation among students.

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DAAD celebrates 60 years of promoting student mobility and higher education internationalisation in India

DAAD celebrates 60 years of successful work in India. For six decades, DAAD has provided information on study possibilities in Germany, facilitated university partnerships, and funded scholarships. Today, more than 25,000 Indian students study in Germany and over 400 partnerships exist between Indian and German universities. Hundreds of DAAD alumni joined the virtual jubilee campaign on DAAD’s social media channels. Despite the pandemic, DAAD continues to offer information sessions at a high frequency, through virtual seminars, workshops and higher education fairs. Congratulations DAAD!

See jubilee greetings from:

Ambassador Lindner
DAAD President Prof Mukherjee
Head of DAAD India office Dr Katja Lasch

EU-India virtual seminar on plastic waste research

An online seminar on October 23 co-hosted by the EU Delegation to India and the German Embassy explored Indo-European research perspectives on plastic waste. Panelists included Dr Pravakar Mishra, National Centre for Coastal Research, Ms Sieglinde Gruber, Head of Unit Marine Resources, European Commission, Dr Katrin Knickmeier, Director at Kiel Science Factory, and Dr R. Vinu, Associate Professor, Indo-German Centre for Sustainability, IIT Madras. In their opening addresses, EU Ambassador to India Ugo Astuto and German Ambassador Walter J. Lindner stressed the need for a global change of mindset on plastic waste and called for Indian and European researchers to intensify their collaboration on plastic waste research solutions.

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Highlights from India and Germany

German BioNTech and US Pfizer announce 90% effective Covid-19 vaccine

BioNTech and Pfizer announced that their vaccine candidate shows 90% efficacy in preventing Covid-19 infections based on  ongoing Phase 3 trials. German Research Minister Anja Karliczek welcomed the progress and underlined that safety of the vaccine will remain a priority to ensure that it is accepted by a broader population. The German government has supported BioNTech’s vaccine research with 375 million Euros. Germany is part of the WHO’s Covax mechanism which ensures vaccine distribution to low and middle income countries.

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Upcoming events and conferences

Indo-German Research Day showcases wealth of Indo-German research opportunities

DWIH New Delhi hosts a virtual Indo-German Research Day on December 3. The event is directed at advanced students and researchers interested in research opportunities in and with Germany. It will showcase the German research landscape and present opportunities available for research, funding lines for individuals and projects for joint research facilitated by Indian and German agencies. The virtual platform will provide a virtual fair section with opportunity to interact with representatives of dozens of universities, research institutes and funding bodies. A virtual networking area will allow for bilateral discussions on research topics of common interest.


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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Europan Higher Education Fair 2020

From November 25-27, 2020, EU Delegation to India together with EU Member States is organizing the European Higher Education Virtual Fair India 2020. This event will highlight the benefits of Europe as a top higher education destination for international students, researchers and academicians across India. There will be more than 75 University webinars from 20 EU Member States focusing on subject areas such as engineering & technology, business & management and social sciences. There will also be a session by DAAD on the importance study and research in Germany on November 25 at 8:30 am. 

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Online Workshop: Grant Writing and Management

A 2-day workshop on grant writing is being organised jointly by the DWIH New Delhi, Max Planck Society, and University of Cologne on November 23 and 24. The workshop will illustrate the methods and technical know-how required to prepare successful international research proposals across all disciplines. The workshop modules will cover topics ranging from content development of a research proposal over scientific writing skills  to budget planning.

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Panel Discussion: Going international with Research Based Start-Ups: Opportunities from India and Germany

DWIH New Delhi is organising a panel discussion on December 11 that will focus on opportunities offered by Indian and German universities for entrepreneurs to go international. Panelists will include incubator managers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Manipal Academy of Higher Education and winners of the Falling Walls Lab India 2020. The event is part of the “Indo-German Startup week” hosted by the German-Indian Startup Exchange Programme (GINSEP) from 7 to 11 December.

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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 Panel Discussion: Students speak – Doing a PhD in Germany

Meet young scholars who are pursuing their PhD in Germany and get to know about their experience. In this interactive session you can ask them your questions too!

November 18, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Session: Master Studies in Germany

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

November 19, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Q&A: Bachelor Studies in Germany

If you have attended a webinar on Bachelor Studies in Germany and have further questions about it.

November 23, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online

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STEM Virtual Fair for Researchers

Research in Germany - Virtual STEM Career Fair is is open to anyone interested in STEM research in Germany.

November 24, 2020, 12:30 PM, Online

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Web Session: PhD in Germany

Attend this web session to know more about PhD in Germany

November 26, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Q&A: Master Studies in Germany

Attend this webinar if you have questions about Master’s in Germany

November 30, 2020, 3:00 PM, Online

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Calls for proposal

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:

National Institute of Technology Rourkela

NIT has a long history of links with Germany. The city of Rourkela was founded when the government of India set up a steel factory together with German companies in 1954. Today, NIT Rourkela offers undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD courses in the fields of science and technology and ranks 32nd in the NIRF rankings of all Indian universities. Master and PhD students from NIT Rourkela regularly figure among awardees of German scholarships. Under the second phase of Indo-German Partnerships (IGP) in Higher Education, NIT Rourkela hosts a programme with the University of Regensburg on ‘Chemical innovation for a brighter future’, worth 200.000 Euros. IGP is funded by Indian Ministry of Education and German Ministry of Education and Research. IGP enables institutions to develop joint research projects and upgrade study programs to enhance their internationalization strategy.

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