Wiss-Nama Newsletter December 2023

15.12.2023 - Press release

News from the Indo-German cooperation

German organisations come together for science roundtable

The German Embassy hosted a roundtable with some 20 German agencies, each with science-related programmes in and with India on December 1, 2023 at The Oberoi. Universities, research institutes, funding agencies, foundations, and other organisations discussed priorities and plans for the upcoming six months. Chargé d'Affaires Dr. Georg Enzweiler joined as Guest Speaker and appreciated the participants for their efforts to strengthen the Indo-German relations. The Tour de Table was followed by a stimulating exchange on the quality of Indian students in Germany, their preferred courses, language barrier, courses taught in English language and the entry of students into the labour market.

Upcoming events and conferences

Panel Discussion on Fostering Innovation: Driving Private Sector Investment in R&D

The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India is organising a panel discussion on the topic of private sector investment in Research and Development on December 14. International experts from Germany, UK, the US, Switzerland and Sweden will discuss the role of private investments in bolstering R&D. They will address questions such as how does private investment act as a catalyst for innovation and technology transfer or how can government foster private investments in the national research systems. The panel discussion is a part of the 27th World Investment Conference that includes formal panel presentations, ample networking opportunities and social events for the members.

Attendance by invitation only

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Reducing transport externalities; An Indo-German initiative for smart cities

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur are organising a virtual panel session on the topic of reducing transport externalities on December 19. The event is an Indo-German initiative for smart cities. The session will focus on global urbanization trends and challenges, such as climate change and increasing road safety fatalities. Indian and German experts will explore recent research solutions from India and Germany in the field of Smart Cities, with a specific emphasis on reducing transport externalities. A specific point of interest will be the treatment of multimodal transport and the interactions and synergies of passenger and freight transportation.

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Incubators Connect 2.0: Innovation and Internationalisation

DWIH New Delhi is organising a weeklong programme in Delhi and Bangalore from February 26 to March 1, 2024. Incubators Connect 2.0 will have directors and managers of incubators and select funding agencies from India and Germany to discuss internationalisation of incubators. The event will have workshops, meetings, institutional visits and networking with policy advisors and key stakeholders, including those from research industry, in the research-based entrepreneurship ecosystem in India. The aim is to identify formats and themes for international cooperation between incubators.

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DAAD Events

Study in Germany - Bachelors, Masters and PhD

DAAD Information Point Bangalore is conducting a session to talk about universities and courses in Germany.

Bengaluru: December 15, 2:00 PM, Indo German Chamber of Commerce, 403 Shah Sultan, 4th Floor, Cunningham Road, Bengaluru 560052

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Web Session: Bachelors in Germany

Join this webinar to know more about doing Bachelors in Germany.

December 19, 3:00 PM, Online

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Study in Germany

Attend this seminar if you still have questions about studying in Germany.

New Delhi: December 21, 3:30 PM, DAAD New Delhi Office, 1 Africa Avenue, DLTA Complex, New Delhi 110029

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Calls for proposals

Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST)'s grant for women scientists

Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) invites applications from women scientists working in the field of Quantum Science and Technology (QST) for three distinguished postdoc fellowships. MCQST is a German Research Foundation (DFG) Cluster of Excellence with 60+ interdisciplinary research groups focusing on applied and theoretical interactions of Quantum Science and Technology with physics, mathematics, computer sciences, electrical engineering, material science, and chemistry.

Application deadline: January 15, 2024

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Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST)'s grant for PostDoc fellows

Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) invites applications from postdoctoral students starting independent research projects. Eligible candidates should be at the beginning of their academic career and must have completed their doctoral degree in physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, or engineering within the last four years. Research experience in quantum science and technology is preferred and should be documented by publications in high-level academic journals.

Application deadline: January 15, 2024

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Max Planck-India Mobility Grant (MPIMG)

Max Planck India Mobility Grants are a distinction awarded to highly qualified Indian scientists who should be in their final year of doctorate or have obtained their doctorate no longer than ten years ago. MPIMG are awarded for three years enabling the candidates to initiate and pursue research links to a Max Planck Institute of their choice. Candidates have the right to visit a Max Planck Institute (MPI) for a minimum of one month per year. Former Max Planck Partner Group Heads and former Max Planck India Mobility Grant Holders are not eligible to apply for this grant.

Applications are on a rolling basis throughout the year.

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Institute of the month

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur was founded in the year 1946 to provide broad-based education to students and help them hone their professional skills. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses to exceptional students. Its mission is to be a centre of excellence in education and research and produce global leaders in science, technology and management. The aim is to draw the best expertise in science, technology, management and law to equip students with the skills to visualize, synthesize and execute projects in these fields. It has many international collaborations including those with German universities. They have signed MoUs on student and faculty exchange programmes with Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, TUM and Leibniz University Hannover.

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Great women in science

Dr. Tessy Thomas

Dr. Tessy Thomas is currently the Director General Aeronautical Systems. She obtained her B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Calicut University in 1985 and ME in Guided Missiles from Institute of Armament Technology (IAT), Pune. She joined IAT as a faculty member in Guided Missiles in the year 1986. She is known as the ‘Missile Woman of India’, as she has been associated with the Agni programme right from its developmental flights. She has designed the guidance scheme for long-range missile systems, which is used in all Agni missiles. In her work spanning more than 32 years, she has contributed in various fields such as guidance, control, inertial navigation, trajectory simulation and mission design. She was leading a major project AGNI-4 as Project Director, for a state-of-art system with many new technologies for the first time and successfully flight tested and proven and was also Project Director (Mission) for the long-range AGNI-5 system and successfully flight tested and proven. She is a recipient of many prestigious awards in her field.

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Did you know?

After completing their education from any German university, international students can look for a job in the country for up to 18 months.

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