Wiss-Nama Newsletter October 2022
News from Indo-German cooperation
German science delegation visits Jamia Millia Islamia University
A German delegation led by German State Minister for Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society, Thuringia, Wolfgang Tiefensee, visited the Jamia Millia Islamia University on September 19. This year marked 20 years of collaboration between Jamia Millia and Fachhochschule Erfurt. The delegation also comprising of dignitaries from various universities from Thuringia, including Frank Setzel, President, Fachhochschule Erfurt, met with Prof Najma Akhtar, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia and had fruitful discussions on applied research, internationalisation and student mobility. In addition to that, they discussed ways to strengthen Indo-German cooperation in the field of science and technology and promote Thuringia as a research destination for Indian students.
German and Indian experts discuss the skills and structures of belonging in modern South Asia
The Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies Delhi had its inaugural symposium ‘Dexterities and Edifices of Belonging: Perspectives on Modern South Asia‘ from September 19-21 in New Delhi. The Symposium was opened by Dr. Sebastian Schwecke, Director, MWF Delhi with further opening remarks by Johannes Höber, German Embassy, Prof. Dr. Hans van Ess, President, Max Weber Stiftung, and Prof. Rupa Viswanath, University of Göttingen. Johannes Höber, Cultural Counselor, German Embassy affirms, “The Max Weber Foundation (MWS) is the largest humanities research organization, part of the portfolio of BMBF, whose institutes are exclusively based abroad. With an annual budget of almost 44 million euros (2018), it is one of the ten largest German foundations under public law.” A keynote address was delivered by eminent historian Prof. Romila Thapar on ‚The Right to be a Citizen‘. Panel discussions on various facets of belonging, participation and citizenship in South Asia by various eminent scholars from India and Germany were the highlight of the event. The MWF Delhi is the 11th institute abroad of Max Weber Stiftung, representing German humanities and social science research in various host countries.
Read a portrait on MWF Delhi below
Upcoming events and conferences
International Cooperation for Green Hydogen
DWIH New Delhi and its supporter organisations are organising a virtual symposium on the international cooperation for Green Hydrogen on October 12. The symposium will have experts from Germany and India to address policies and current research on green hydrogen to enable an exchange of ideas on current research projects on transport and storage in addition to technology applications in the field of mobility. A fire-side chat on green hydrogen policies in India and Germany, a panel discussion on the challenges for a hydrogen-based economy and presentations on use of green hydrogen for sustainable mobility and transportation systems will be the highlight of the event.
Conference on Future of Healthcare in a post-covid world
Hertie School is organising a conference on the topic “Future of Healthcare: Examining the convergence of AI, Data Science and Health Governance in a post-COVID world” on October 18 and 19 in Delhi and Bangalore. The conference brings together Indian and German partners from the public sectors, private businesses and research institutions. Themes like how the health systems globally are under strain to fight the impact of covid-19, and how aspects like uncertain governance and regulatory environments require more attention, will be addressed in the conference. Dr. Axel Baisch, Managing Director of the Hertie School explains, “Hosting this conference on such an important interdisciplinary topic in India really puts a spotlight on digital health innovation. The Hertie School is thrilled to collaborate with such great partners from India and Germany to see how we can co-create more supportive governance and facilitate new innovation environments.”
Round Table Discussion: Science Communication
DWIH New Delhi, together with Wissenschaft im Dialog, is organising a vitual round table discussion on Science Communication on November 18. Indian and German stakeholders and experts will engage in discussions on policy, trends, cooperation and outlook of science communication in India and Germany.
Web Session: Bachelors in Germany
Join the web session to have the steps on the path laid out for you and to interact with Nisal Shakya Walpola from Sri Lanka as he shares his experience of doing a Bachelors degree in Germany.
October 11, 3:00 PM, Online
This event will answer all questions like where to do a PhD, admission, finances and visa procedures and also give you an insight into how you should write your research proposal, how you can identify and connect with your guide, and ethics of research.
Mumbai: October 12, 10:00 AM, Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai
Web Session: Studying at TH Rosenheim
October 12, 3:00 PM, Online
Web Q&A: Masters in Germany
Still have questions on Masters in Germany after attending a DAAD Web Session or reading on the DAAD website?
October 18, 3:00 PM, Online
Read more and register
Web Session: Studying at StU Hildesheim
Know more about the university and interact with the university representatives!
October 19, 3:00 PM, Online
Web Q&A: PhD in Germany
Still have questions on PhD in Germany after attending a DAAD Web Session or reading on the DAAD website?
October 20, 3:00 PM, Online
Web Session: APS Procedure for Bachelor Studies in Germany
German Embassy introduces the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) to accelerate student admission and visa processing. From 1 November 2022, APS certificates will be a mandatory part of the documents to be submitted with your visa application.
October 21, 3:00 PM, Online
Web Q&A: Bachelors in Germany
Still have questions on Bachelors in Germany after attending a DAAD Web Session or reading on the DAAD website?
October 27, 3:00 PM, Online
Calls for proposal
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
PhD positions at the International Max Planck Research School for Chemistry and Physics of Quantum Materials
The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany, Technische Universität Dresden, and the University of St Andrews, Scotland invite applications for a joint PhD programme at the International Max Planck Research School for Chemistry and Physics of Quantum Materials. Aim is to provide candidates with a stimulating environment with an opportunity to interact and work with world-leading scientists and use their excellent infrastructure and facilities. Applicants with a bachelor or master degree in a field of study that is well aligned with their research programmes are eligible to apply.
Application deadline: November 30, 2022
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.
Institute of the month
Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies
The Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies (MWF Delhi) is an initiative of the Max Weber Foundation in India. The Foundation is one of the leading agencies supporting German research in humanities and social science research though institutes located in various host countries. As the 11th institute abroad, MWF Delhi, serves as a bridge between the academic communities in its host country India, the wider South Asian region, and Germany. The institute seeks to establish and deepen contacts and networks in South Asia-related research, but also engages in its research activities on the subcontinent. It facilitates research on South Asia in South Asia and with South Asia. Its research agenda is marked by interdisciplinary approaches that allow them to cover the wide field of South Asia-related disciplines in present-day Germany. Among its most prominent cooperating partners is the M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP) funded by the BMBF and set up with the aim to strengthen the internationalization of bilateral and multilateral exchange in the social sciences and humanities. Dr. Sebastian Schwecke, Director, MWF Delhi, asserts, “Our institute’s researchers study South Asian societies, economies, and cultures, particularly in the fields of education, knowledge production and markets. We provide a bridge between the academic communities in Germany and South Asia”.
Did you know?
DESY, DORIS, HERA, PETRA, PIA – all the ring accelerators at DESY have women’s names. All of them are abbreviations for scientific functions and terms. For example: PETRA = Positron-Electron Tandem Ring Accelerator.
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.