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Wiss-Nama Newsletter September 2021

16.09.2021 - Press release

News from Indo-German Cooperation


Indo-German experts discuss scope for bilateral AI cooperation
On September 6 and 7, a joint expert workshop on Artificial Intelligence was hosted by the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC). The virtual workshop, co-hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST), focused on five areas of AI application and the respective potential for Indo-German research cooperation: sustainability, healthcare, autonomous robotics, secure AI, and mathematical foundations. BMBF senior official Ina Kathrin Schieferdecker and DST Director SK Varshney held the opening remarks, which were followed by two days of plenary talks and in-depth expert exchanges.
The workshop was organised as a follow-up to the Indo-German intergovernmental consultations in 2019, where PM Modi and Chancellor Merkel flagged off an ambitious AI partnership, building on the congruence of the national AI strategies of both countries, and on the huge shared potential in terms of data, research, and business applications. The operational conclusions of the various expert panels will set the thematic focus of an upcoming 2+2 research funding call at IGSTC.
IGSTC Director R Madhan says: “Joint efforts by the IGSTC together with DST, BMBF, and experts from academia, research and industries from both countries resulted in a successful event with proactive participation, in-depth discussions and concrete recommendations for future collaboration.”
Read more on the workshop website
IGSTC on Twitter  
DST press Statement 


DWIH Social Sciences Symposium looks at the Impacts of the pandemic
On September 8, 2021 DWIH New Delhi organised a social sciences symposium on the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on our societies. The interdisciplinary virtual event looked at how societies have responded to the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. With expert panel discussions with top researchers from India and Germany, on topics such as “The Politics of Misinformation”, “Future of Work and Learning” and “National Responses to the Pandemic”, the symposium explored some key ramifications of the pandemic from an interdisciplinary and global perspective.
DWIH Director Dr Katja Lasch concludes: “The Symposium was a great opportunity to discuss with leading experts the learnings, challenges but also failures in various pandemic-related areas such as mass media, governance, education and economics. My personal takeaway is that there is still a lot of scope for societies and nations to learn from each other. The DWIH New Delhi will continue to discuss the topic in December with an event on ‘Equity in Pandemics’.”
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2021 batch of DAAD Young Ambassadors sworn in
On August 31, Science Counsellor Philipp von Ritter welcomed the DAAD Young Ambassadors 2021 in a virtual dialogue. Each year, DAAD selects a batch of ca. two dozens Young Ambassadors in India. They are students who have studied or carried out research at a university in Germany with extraordinary success and, upon return to India, want to promote Germany as a destination for higher learning by sharing their experience among Indian peers. DAAD has an extensive and lively network of Young Ambassadors across the world.
See their profiles here


Germany launches “Konrad Zuse Schools” for talents in the field of AI
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites applications for the ‘Konrad Zuse Schools’ for talents in the field of artificial intelligence from all over the world. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and named after the German computer pioneer, the three ‘Konrad Zuse Schools of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence’ aim to give a comprehensive boost to the education of outstanding young AI researchers at master’s degree and doctoral level in Germany.
“Artificial intelligence is one of the most important fields of research in this decade and beyond. Germany as a research hub – its universities, research institutes and companies – needs reliable training and recruitment of excellent young academics from Germany and abroad. The focus of the AI Schools will therefore be on attracting national and international AI talent and retaining it in Germany in the long term, both in academia and industry”, said DAAD President Prof Joybrato Mukherjee at the launch of the Zuse schools.
Application deadline: October 22, 2021
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Upcoming events and conferences

Indo-German Startup Week 2021 with fire-side chat on taking research to market
On September 22, as part of DWIH’s Indo-German Startup Week, German Indian Startup Exchange Program (GINSEP) is organizing a fire-side chat on how to take one’s research to market. It is a well-known challenge for institutions and scientists to take the results from the lab to the market successfully. In the virtual fire-side chat with experts on human resources and medicine on typical challenges, pitfalls and routes to success will be discussed, with a focus on questions of intellectual property, equity, human resources, and support mechanisms.
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Panel Discussion on Taking Science-based startups international
On October 28, DWIH New Delhi together with DWIH New York, DWIH Tokyo, DWIH Moscow and DWIH Sao Paulo is organizing a panel discussion aiming to help entrepreneurs and incubators to go international with their science-based startups. Get an insight into the start-up ecosystems of India, Japan, Russia, US, and Brazil. Find out about possibilities for new networks, partners, support mechanisms and of,fers available from the German Centres of Research and Innovation.
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Web Q&A: DAAD Scholarships
September 14, 2021, 4:00 PM, Online
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Study at HAW Hamburg
September 15, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online
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Web Q&A: Master Studies in Germany
September 16, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online
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Web Q&A: Bachelor Studies in Germany
September 21, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online
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Web Session: DAAD Scholarships
September 21, 2021, 4:00 PM, Online
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Panel discussion: Masters in Germany
September 22, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online
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Web Q&A: PhD in Germany
September 23, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online
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Web Q&A: DAAD Scholarships
September 28, 2021, 4:00 PM, Online
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Panel Discussion: Research and Career Opportunities in Engineering & Physics
September 29, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online
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Calls for Proposals

Participation in the Earth System Modelling School 2021
Applications are invited by IMPRS for participation in the Earth System Modelling School 2021 scheduled for December 3-10. Doctoral students, PostDocs and early career researchers with a strong background in Earth system sciences and modelling are eligible to apply. Participants will run the ICON Earth System Model on the performance computing system of the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) to study the dynamics of the Earth system in pre-defined impact simulations. With help of experts, they will analyze their simulations to understand the dynamics of and interaction between the major Earth system components.
Application deadline: September 30,2021
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ICAS:MP short-term fellowships for PhD scholars
ICAS:MP invites applications for short-term fellowships from PhD scholars in the fields of social sciences and humanities. Applicants, preferably based at German or Indian academic institutions, should be working on thematic fields relevant to ICAS:MP. Their research project must be related to the thematic modules, namely, 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.
Application Deadline: September 30, 2021
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9th edition EURAXESS Science Slam India
Applications are invited for the 9th edition of EURAXESS Science Slam India, which is open to all researchers with MA/M.Sc. from universities, research institutes, private sector or related careers, in all fields of research including Social Sciences and Humanities, Life Sciences and Engineering. Candidates are requested to submit a short video and present their research project in a creative and entertaining way. The winner will win a free round trip to Europe where they will be able to visit a research institute of their choice, and network with Science Slam winners from across the globe.
Application deadline: October 3, 2021
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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral European Fellowships 2021
Under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme, the European Union invites applications for the MSCA Fellowships 2021. The fellowship targets researchers holding a PhD (or submitted), who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers. These fellowships help researchers gain experience in other European countries, disciplines and non-academic sectors. The scheme is open to researchers of any nationality, in order to foster excellence through training and mobility and equip researchers with new skills and competences.
Application deadline: October 12, 2021
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The German Chancellor Fellowship for Indian young professionals
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation invites applications from Indian young professionals from a wide range of fields such as politics, business, media, public administration, society and culture. The Fellowship for prospective leaders offers talented and ambitious young professionals an opportunity to spend a year in Germany on a project of their choice. Successful candidates will receive a stipend to spend a year with a German host organization of their choice in order to both advance their project and their professional training, and also become part of the prestigious world-wide network of Chancellor fellows.
Application Deadline: October 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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Institute of the month

Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
Banaras Hindu University, established in 1916, is the largest residential university in Asia, with 30,000 students residing on campus. Today, BHU counts six institutes, 14 faculties and about 140 departments. It offers graduate and post-graduate courses in all fields of education. The university’s engineering institute was designated as an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT BHU) in 2012. The Institute of Medical Sciences was founded in the 1960s and is today among the top medical colleges of the country. BHU has a longstanding cooperation with German universities and institutions such as Heidelberg University, Rhein-Main University of Applied Sciences, and GIZ and a prestigious ongoing international project with GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research.
In line with the internationalisation focus of NEP, BHU is currently looking to reinvigorate existing MoUs with foreign universities and to establish new partnerships. Interested institutes may reach out to Prof HP Mathur, Deputy Coordinator International Student Affair’s Collaboration.
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Did you know?

The film “Panische Zeiten” (Panic Time, 1979) with Udo Lindenberg was shot on DESY’s grounds. In the musical film, Hamburg’s star musician thwarts an attempt by gangsters to take power in Germany and instead leads the country to a future of love, peace, and concern for the environment. The scenic grounds at DESY have received numerous requests from Hollywood for film shoots – very few are successful, in view of the sensitive instruments and notoriously booked-out “beamtime”.
DESY (“Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron”) 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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