Wiss-Nama Newsletter August 2022

24.08.2022 - Press release

News from Indo-German cooperation

German Embassy felicitates IGSTC Industrial fellows

The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) awarded Industrial Fellowships to encourage young Indian researchers towards applied research on August 10. The ceremony saw the handing-over of certificates to the second batch of Industrial Fellows, 20 Indian PhDs and Postdocs by Chargé d’Affaires Stephan Grabherr and S.K. Varshney, Advisor, DST. This programme is aimed at encouraging Ph.D. students/researchers in Science and Technology with an appreciable track record and having aptitude for applied research and technology development. This fellowship provides exposure to young researchers from India at German Industrial ecosystems and applied research institutions offering fellowships at two levels -- Ph.D. Industrial Exposure Fellowship and Post-Doctoral Industrial Fellowship on topics like, crowd simulation, wireless power transmission, hydrogen storing tanks and fibre-enhanced polymer composites, amongst others. The Industrial Fellowships are provided with financial support for subsistence, travel-related, and insurance costs. R Madhan, Director, IGSTC affirms, “IGSTC industrial fellowship for young researchers from India provides a great foundation to start their translational research journey at an Industrial setup in Germany. I wish all the 20 fellows selected under IGSTC Industrial Fellowship Call 2022 a successful research stay in Germany.”

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Upcoming events and conferences

DAAD Early Career Research Symposium

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies and ICAS:MP are organizing a four-day ‘Early Career Research Symposium’ from September 5-9. The symposium is a platform for researchers to showcase the work in the field of Resilient Societies. The aim is to recognize and facilitate exchange of ideas in the fields of humanities and social sciences. DAAD also invited applications from doctoral students and postdocs from South Asia, Germany and Europe who are working on topics related to India, South Asia, Germany and Europe to present at the symposium.

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German and Indian researchers come together for Innovators Connect

On September 16, DWIH New Delhi and DAAD India are hosting a virtual event that brings together researchers, start-ups and incubators from India and Germany for a day full of inspirational talks, panel discussions, speed workshops and networking. International researchers and start-up founders, who will share their experiences: how can going international make a true difference for your start-up, how can you maximise your impact on society, and how can you find funding programs for researcher placements in start-ups. Speed workshops and lightning talks will give valuable advice on how to design value propositions and how to create an impactful pitch presentation.

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Falling Walls Lab India 2022

DWIH New Delhi and DAAD India are organising the latest Falling Walls Labs competition on September 16. Selected candidates comprising of university students, entrepreneurs, early-career researchers, academicians from all disciplines will present breakthrough ideas that create a positive impact on science and society with a 3-minute presentation video.

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DAAD events

Web Talk : Alumni for SDG -12 Sustainable Consumption and Production

August 25, 4:00 PM, Online

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Pre-Departure Meet for Winter Intake 2022

Chennai: September 1, 3:00 PM, DAAD IP Chennai

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Web Q&A: DAAD Scholarships for Masters and PhD

Team DAAD will help you with information regarding DAAD Master & PhD scholarship programmes across various subject fields and degrees, eligibility criteria, application procedure, deadline etc.

September 6, 13, 20, 27, 4:00 PM, Online

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Calls for proposals

Calls for proposals in molecular biology

The Heidelberg Biosciences International Graduate School (HBIGS) invites applications from PhD and Master’s students who are keen to work on fundamental cell and biological questions in the field of morphogenesis and organisation of membrane-bound organelles and biochemistry. Candidates must have a background in molecular cell biology, biochemistry or related fields. HBIGS offers excellent research opportunities and comprehensive academic and complementary training.

Application deadline for the field of morphogenesis: August 31, 2022

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MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022

European Union invites applications for the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions postdoctoral fellowships from talented researchers across the world to work on projects in Europe and beyond. The aim is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of postdoctoral researchers through training and international mobility. Applicants can apply to implement their research projects in any scientific field.

Application deadline: September 14, 2022

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PhD positions at International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM)

International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling invites applications for doctoral positions to promote high-quality doctoral research in the Earth’s climate system. Applicants with strong academic backgrounds and research interests in the areas of atmosphere, land, ocean and human dimension are eligible to apply. The IMPRS-ESM offers prime research facilities, advanced academic training in Earth System sciences and a structured supervision programme.

Application deadline: September 15, 2022

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Calls for proposals for a HGGS Membership

The Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Heidelberg University (HGGS) invites applications for Graduate Membership from excellent doctoral candidates from Faculty of Modern Languages, the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. The aim is to foster innovative research projects and offer a collaborative research environment within a broad national and international network. Applicants must hold an M.A. or equivalent in one of the faculties mentioned above.

Application deadline: September 30, 2022

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ICAS:MP offers short-term fellowships for senior researchers

The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century’ (ICAS:MP) invites applications from senior researchers and postdoctoral scholars. Eligible candidates will need to work in areas, namely, history as a political category; critiques and renewals of democracy; normative conflicts and transformation; challenge of gender; political economy of growth and distribution; and media and the constitution of the political. Candidates must hold a PhD degree or complete their PhD by 2023 to apply. Their proposal must be related to the research focus of a thematic module and to the broader ICAS:MP research agenda.

Application deadline: September 30, 2022

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PhD positions at Solar system school

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen invites applications for a research-oriented doctoral programme in solar system science. PhD projects will be offered in three main areas, namely, Sun and Heliosphere, Solar and Steller Interiors and Planetary Science. The aim is to make students collaborate with leading scientists in these fields. Eligible candidates must have a M.Sc. or equivalent degree in physics, chemistry, geosciences or a related field.

Application deadline: November 1, 2022

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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


The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP) is the largest Indo-German research collaboration in the Humanities and Social Sciences based in India. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2015 as one of their five Maria Sibylla Merian Centres. The Merian Centres lay the foundations for long-term cooperation with the respective partner regions in the humanities and social sciences. They offer intercultural insights, helping us to better understand societal developments and to develop potential solutions for current social problems. Located in New Delhi, ICAS:MP was the first Merian Centre funded by the BMBF. The centre combines the benefits of an open, interdisciplinary forum for intellectual exchange with the advantages of a cutting-edge research centre. ICAS:MP critically intervenes in global debates in the social sciences and humanities. It is a vibrant and internationally visible research centre that has an extensive fellowship programme for renowned senior and outstanding postdoctoral Fellows at its core. In addition, over eighty associated researchers are organized in seven Thematic Modules (TMs), approaching the ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ from different vantage points. Besides conducting their own original collaborative research, the TMs regularly organize workshops and international conferences relating to core thematic foci and ground-breaking ideas. Dr. Laila Abu-Er-Rub, the scientific administrator of the centre, explains, “Our Fellows appreciate that they can dedicate their entire time at ICAS:MP to research and writing without many other obligations such as teaching or supervising. In addition, former Fellows tell us that the interdisciplinary exchange with other researchers was of great advantage for their work.”

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Did you know?

In 2019, DESY put a new detector into operation. A kind of X-ray machine that takes 5.6 million pictures – per second.

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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