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Wiss-Nama Newsletter June 2021

11.06.2021 - Press release

News from Indo-German Cooperation

Germany and India come together in the field of disaster management (SORTIE)

Germany and India are coming together for a disaster management project involving sensor systems to locate people buried in collapsed buildings. In order to effectively support emergency services in their search for survivors under collapsed buildings, an autonomous flying drone is being developed in the SORTIE project together with Indian and German researchers, which maps and analyses debris fields from the air using AI methods. Buried people will be located by bioradar and location from cell phones, thereby reducing the time to rescue. This Indo-German project will make it possible to save more lives. Various German universities and institutes join hands with Indian partners such as IITs, IISC, Ministry of Home Affairs, National Institute of Disaster Management, National Fire Service College, among others, for this project which has a duration of two years.

Indo-German research cooperation breeds a science start-up at IIT Madras

A new start-up called ChemBioSens has been incubated at IIT Madras, exploring novel fiber optic biosensor array system for waterborne pathogen detection. The technology is based on an Indo-German research project funded by Indo-German Science and Technology Center (IGSTC) from 2016 to 2020. Project partners in the 2+2 project included IIT Madras and ubio Biotechnology Systems Pvt Ltd on the Indian side and TU, Braunschweig and Lionex GmbH on the German side. In light of the success of the quadrilateral research project, IGSTC granted a funding extension to bring the project closer to commercialisation. IGSTC supports Indo-German industrial research with a variety of instruments, including 2+2 calls.

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Germany kickstarts the Ocean Decade with the motto ‘Creating the Ocean We Want’

On June 1, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research celebrated the start of the Ocean Decade with a virtual high-level event in Berlin, with the German Chancellor present. “The Ocean decade has 7 aims, namely, a clean ocean, a healthy ocean, a lively ocean, a predictable ocean, a safe ocean, an accessible ocean, and an inspirational ocean”, said Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was joined by Research Minister Anja Karliczek. The event saw panel discussions with hundreds of international stakeholder on topics including The Science we need for the Ocean we want, Outcomes of the Decade, and Leaving no one behind in the race to the ocean we want. The Ocean decade coincides with the Phase 1 of Indian Deep Ocean Mission formed in 2018. The multi-disciplinary programme by Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences which emphasises the development of deep sea technology, exploration of deep sea mineral resources and biodiversity, acquisition of a research vessel for exploration, and deep sea observations.

Upcoming events and webinars

Science Circle Lecture on Why India and Germany should be partners in making a difference in AI

On June 17, German Embassy and DWIH New Delhi along with Fraunhofer India join hands for yet another virtual edition of Science Circle Lecture. The lecture on ‘Making a difference in AI: Why India and Germany should be partners?’ by Prof Dr Martin Hofmann-Apitius will answer questions on how the heterogeneity in the healthcare systems of India and Germany could be leveraged to validate AI-based models taking examples of personalised recommendations in oncology. Dr Hofmann-Apitius is the Head of Department of Bioinformatics at Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing and will also discuss how a strategic data collaboration between India and Germany could generate value in the fields of agriculture, engineering and mobility.

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Web Talk series: Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture, Health and Education

On July 19-21, DWIH New Delhi is organizing a series of web talks on artificial intelligence in the field of agriculture, health and education. This web talk series will explore the role of AI in reaching Sustainable Development Goals, namely Quality Education, Good Health and Well-Being and Zero Hunger. Education, healthcare and agriculture will be addressed from perspectives of developing as well as developed countries. Scientists, experts and professionals across several disciplines from India and abroad will present lectures, good practices and international projects related to AI research for societal good. Topics such as AI-driven diagnostics and personalised treatment and improvement of public health, AI technology in agricultural engineering, genomics and crop improvement, customized learning and tutoring systems with the help of AI will be addressed.

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DAAD Events

Web Session: Bachelor Studies in Germany

June 15, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Session: Distance Learning Without Borders – Fern Universität in Hagen (in German)

June 16, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Q&A: Master Studies in Germany

June 17, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online

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Calls for Proposals

Master’s in Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University welcomes applications for its two-year Master’s Programme in Transcultural Studies, in which students from around the globe can explore the dynamics of cultural exchanges working across disciplinary and national boundaries. The emphasis lies on Asia, predominantly East and South Asia, and Europe. The MA in Transcultural Studies is a research-oriented, interdisciplinary programme in the humanities and social sciences with a trans-regional focus. It offers a wide range of courses within an international research environment. Applicants must hold a BA or equivalent (minimum three years of study) in a discipline of the humanities or social sciences.

Application deadline: June 15, 2021

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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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Fourth call for Dioscuri Centres now open

The Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence in Poland, the Max Planck Society and the Polish National Science Centre are looking for up to three Centre leaders who would like to establish their own research group at a Polish host institution. The Dioscuri Programme aims to strengthen and expand scientific excellence in Central and Eastern Europe and is being implemented in Poland as a first step. Applications are invited from outstanding early-career researchers from all scientific disciplines and of all nationalities. 

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

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Falling Walls Lab India 2021

DWIH New Delhi and DAAD India invite applications from university students, entrepreneurs, researchers, academicians from all disciplines for the latest Falling Walls Labs competition. Applicants need to present breakthrough ideas that create a positive impact on science and society. A 3-minute presentation video in the same field as the project description is mandatory for application. “The well-planned and well-executed event Falling Walls Lab India is bliss for Indian entrepreneurs. As a winner, I got a chance to attend Innovation week in Germany, where the business coaching and networking was worth spending time”, says Varinder Singh from Chitkara University and GFF Innovations Pvt Ltd, who won the Entrepreneurship Prize in 2020.

Application deadline: June 27, 2021

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Institute of the month

Hof University of Applied Sciences

Founded in 1994, Hof University of Applied Sciences in Northern Bavaria today offers more than 30 Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Business, Computer Science and Engineering. For students with at least one year of professional experience, Hof University Graduate School provides exciting further education opportunities completely in English language. The latest addition to their outstanding portfolio of English-taught Master’s programs is an M.B.A. and Eng. in Sustainability Management which is a collaborative program with Vishwakarma University Pune – a prime example of Hof University’s focus on employability. Integrated internships and a focus on German language skills ensure that graduates are industry ready – as highlighted by huge success rate of graduates in German companies.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann, President of Hof University, affirms, “Our teaching is based on innovative methods to convey application-oriented knowledge. Thanks to continuous cooperation and dialogue with industry, our graduates are ideally prepared for the domestic and international labour markets.” Prof. Werner, Professor at Department of Interdisciplinary and Innovative Sciences Master General Management adds: “The University's four research institutes concentrate on Information Systems, Biopolymers, Material Sciences as well as Water and Energy Management. The guiding principles for their research are practice-orientation, internationalisation and resource efficiency.”

The Bavarian-Indian Centre for Business and University Cooperation (BayIND) is affiliated to the University and boosts cooperation between Bavaria and India. Hof University also hasentertains international cooperations with twelve Indian universities and institutes, e.g. IIT Guwahati, IIT Madras, NID Ahmedabad, IIIT Bangalore, Vishwarkarma University Pune, PSG Coimbatore and DKTE Kolhapur.

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Did you know?

In 2008, scientists at the German Electron Synchrotron DESY revealed a Van Gogh that had been painted over. After two days of intense scrutiny using synchrotron radiation from the DORIS accelerator, a woman’s portrait came to light beneath a green meadow.

DESY is a particle accelerator in Hamburg, founded in 1959. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety. The facilities generate the world’s most intense X-ray light, accelerate particles to record energies and open completely new windows onto the universe. India is a substantial financial contributor to the PETRA III extension of DESY, and sends numerous researchers to conduct experiments at DESY facilities.

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