Wiss-Nama Newsletter June 2023

02.06.2023 - Press release

News from Indo-German cooperation

Hertie School awarded grant under EU-India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative

Hertie School, University of Governance in partnership with an India-based think tank, has been awarded a grant under the EU-India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative 2022-2023. The research topic focuses on the scale, scope, and interoperability of digital health services, particularly Electronic Health Records, in both jurisdictions. The aim is to provide guidance to policymakers on the prospects, requisites, and conditions for creating a secure, open, and interoperable digital health ecosystem for India and the EU. Prof. Mujahid Sheikh from the Hertie School will lead this collaborative research, along with representatives from The Dialogue and Pravesh Global Consulting.

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Upcoming events and conferences

Science Circle Lecture on Research on Innovation Management

DWIH New Delhi, together with Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, is organising a virtual Science Circle Lecture on August 4, 2023. In this Lecture, a subject expert from Germany will discuss the latest research from Germany and provide an in-depth analysis of the most important developments in this field. The participants will gain insights on the key role that Germany plays in driving effective science communication, research, and innovation on a global scale.

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DAAD Events

Web Session: Study at University of Saarbrücken

Attend this webinar to know more about the University of Saarbrücken.

June 7, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Session: Masters in Germany

Attend this web session to know more about doing Masters in Germany.

June 13, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Session: PhD in Germany

Attend this web session to know more about doing PhD in Germany.

June 20, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Session: Bachelors in Germany

Attend this web session to know more about doing Bachelors in Germany.

June 27, 3:00 PM, Online

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Vishakhapatnam/Vizag: Study in Germany Day - Masters in Focus

July 6, 10:00 AM, Shivaji Auditorium, GITAM University

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Calls for proposals

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships Call 2023

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023 Call is now open for applications for Indian and European researchers. These grants will enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and wishing to acquire new skills through advanced training and international, interdisciplinary, and inter-sectoral mobility. The call will also allow organisations all over the world to attract talented researchers, including top universities, research centres, public and private organisations as well as medium-sized enterprises. This fellowship program provides opportunities for Indian researchers to pursue postdoctoral research in Europe, while also allowing European researchers to be hosted at Indian institutes. It is open to all fields, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), and Economics.

Application deadline: September 13, 2023

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Call for proposals for Max Planck Partner Groups

Max Planck Partner Groups are intended for outstanding junior scientists or postdocs who have obtained their doctorate no longer than seven years ago (medicine: nine years). They must have spent a minimum of 12 months at an MPI before returning to a research institution in their home country. Partner Groups are supported for up to five years with €20,000 p.a. provided from MPG central funds.

Application deadline: September 15, 2023

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The German Chancellor Fellowship for Indian 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 young professionals an opportunity to spend a year in Germany, which they can use to advance their professional training and conduct together with their German host a project they have developed themselves.

Application deadline: October 15, 2023

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Institute of the month

Indian Institute of Science and Research Mohali

Founded in 2007, IISER Mohali envisions a new generation of scientists in the frontier areas of basic sciences. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral courses. Five IISERs were created initially and they are functioning at Kolkata (2006), Pune (2006), Mohali (2007), Bhopal (2008) and Thiruvananthapuram (2008). The sixth IISER was established in Tirupati (2015). The seventh member of the IISER family is IISER Berhampur. IISER Mohali’s aim is to emerge as a global centre of learning, academic excellence, and innovative research. The institute provides strong scientific research, academic freedom, and promotes diversity. It has funding collaborations with Max Planck, DST, DBT and CSIR. It has state-of-the-art laboratories, outstanding faculty in the areas of mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, earth, and environmental sciences.

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Great Women in Science

Women have been playing an important role in the field of Science and Technology since the very beginning. Hence, we are pleased to start a new feature covering one German or Indian woman scientist every month. This column will give information about the brilliant female scientists who have made or are making their mark in the world of science and technology.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, a very prominent name in the Indian scientific scenario, is an Indian paediatrician and clinical scientist known for her research on tuberculosis and HIV. Currently she is Chairperson of MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), founded by her father MS Swaminathan, the architect of the Green Revolution. From 2019 to 2022, she served as the chief scientist at the World Health Organization under the leadership of Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Previously, from October 2017 to March 2019, she was the Deputy Director General of Programmes (DDP) at the World Health Organization. In 2021, she was also appointed to the Pandemic Preparedness Partnership (PPP), an expert group chaired by Patrick Vallance to advise the G7 presidency held by the government of the then UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Before her stint with WHO, from 2015 to 2017, Swaminathan was Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of the Department of Health Research (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare) for the Government of India. She has won many scientific awards in the course of her career. She comes with a wealth of accolades including publishing over 350 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She was also elected Foreign Fellow of the US National Academy of Medicine and of three science academies in India.

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Did You Know?

As an international student, you are permitted to work for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year. This will help you in getting a bit of extra pocket-money.

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