Wiss-Nama Newsletter January 2024

23.01.2024 - Press release

News from Indo-German cooperation

German and Indian experts impart knowledge on sustainable and resilient infrastructures

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, in collaboration with Leibniz University Hannover, organised a three-day workshop on ‘Engineering for Sustainable and Resilient Development’ from January 18-20, 2024. Sponsored by the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC), the workshop aimed to foster collaboration between faculty members at IIT Mandi and their counterparts in Germany. The primary objective was to facilitate discussions on sustainable and resilient infrastructures, addressing challenges posed by climate change. The event covered six sub-themes, including resilient housing, green chemistry, sustainable environments, digital energy transformation, energy systems, and changing attitudes toward climate change. 11 German experts and 16 Indian participants from prestigious universities and industries took part in the workshop. They discussed innovative solutions for resilient infrastructure, energy storage, transmission, and creating a sustainable environment through bilateral projects, faculty, and student exchanges. The workshop also aimed to explore the psychological aspect of changing people's attitudes towards climate change through visualisation, feedback, and peer influence.

Upcoming events and conferences

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

Online Session with German Universities

Learn more about study opportunities in Germany and interact with representatives of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), RWTH International Academy and Saarland University.

January 24, 2024, 3:00 PM, Online

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Study in Germany

This is an in-person Study in Germany information session where students will be guided for Bachelor, Master and PhD studies in Germany. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

New Delhi: January 25, 2024, 3:30 PM, DAAD Regional Office New Delhi, 1 Africa Avenue, DLTA Complex, New Delhi 110029

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Web Session: PhD in Germany

Get to know all about doing a PhD in Germany.

January 29, 2024, 3:00 PM, Online

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Study and Research in Germany

Students will be guided about Bachelors, Masters and PhD studies in Germany. This will be followed by an interactive Q & A time. Open only for students of VIT.

Vellore: January 31, 2024, 11:00 AM, VIT Vellore, Smart Class Room, Room No: 210, Dr. MGR Block

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Study in Germany- Bachelor and Master

Students will be guided about Bachelor and Master studies in Germany – Eligiblity criteria, application procedure, visa process etc. This will be followed by an interactive Q & A session.

Bengaluru: February 7, 2024, 2:00 PM, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage

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Masters & PhD Opportunities in Germany (IITM)

A session on Masters & PhD opportunities in Germany. Students will be guided about Masters studies in Germany – Eligibility criteria, application procedure, visa procedures etc. Open only for students of IIT Madras.

Chennai: February 8, 2024, 4:00 PM, IIT Madras, Hall III (A.M.M.), IC SR Building

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Web Session: Bachelors in Germany

Get to know all about doing a Bachelors in Germany.

February 9, 2024, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Session: Masters in Germany

Get to know all about doing a Masters in Germany.

February 13, 2024, 3:00 PM, Online

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Web Session: PhD in Germany

Get to know all about doing a PhD in Germany.

February 26, 2024, 3:00 PM, Online

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Calls for proposal

Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the 2021-2027 period. Applicants should be from the fields of higher education, vocational education and training, school education, youth and relevant to field of sports. Apart from individual cooperation, there will be cooperation among organisations and institutions. Erasmus+ also focuses on small scale and large-scale partnerships and partnerships for innovation. There are many calls under this programme with different deadlines in February.

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DAAD-GSSP Scholarships & HGGS Membership

The Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Heidelberg University (HGGS) invites applications for Graduate Membership. The HGGS provides a structured, interdisciplinary programme in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law for the formation of excellent doctoral candidates. HGGS members actively contribute to the exchange across the disciplines and benefit from an exclusive selection of interdisciplinary seminars and expert courses. Doctoral candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research from the 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 are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: March 1, 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

Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HGGS) is a central academic institute focusing on doctoral candidates in the humanities, law, and social sciences. Established in 2008, it provides an interdisciplinary core program to support doctoral candidates and visiting scholars at Heidelberg University and fosters exchange with academics from various disciplines. The HGGS offers seminars, lectures, workshops, and conferences to enhance research activities. With participants from 30 countries and six faculties at Heidelberg University, the HGGS actively promotes networking among doctoral candidates. The faculties involved include Modern Languages, Philosophy, Theology, Law, Behavioural and Empirical Cultural Sciences, and Economics and Social Sciences. The HGGS encourages collaboration through its Peer Mentoring scheme and integrates members into Heidelberg University's international academic network, emphasizing its role in supporting a diverse and global community of researchers.

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Great women in science

Linda J. Tacconi

Linda Jean Tacconi is a senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. She completed her PhD in the year 1988 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is best known for her study in the fields of astrophysics, galaxy, star formation and Redshift. Her Redshift research is multidisciplinary, incorporating elements of spectral energy distribution and emission spectrum. Her star formation study combines topics from a wide range of disciplines, such as metallicity, surface brightness, bulge and molecular cloud. She was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for her extraordinary research in the field of millimeter astronomy and her commitment to European astronomy.

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Did you know?

32.3% of people aged 25-64 have a university degree in Germany, including bachelors, masters, and doctoral or short-cycle education degrees.

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