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Wiss-Nama Newsletter-26th February 2018

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News from Indo-German Cooperation

Science Circle Lecture on “Empowering Digital Media: Meaningful, Playful and Natural Human Computer Interaction”

A Science Circle Lecture was organized by the German Embassy New Delhi in collaboration with the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) on 16th February at German House, New Delhi. The lecture on “Empowering Digital Media: Meaningful, Playful and Natural Human Computer Interaction” was delivered by Prof Dr Rainer Malaka, Professor of Digital Media, University of Bremen. Prof. Malaka’s work focusses on digital media, interaction, and entertainment computing. Mr. Stephan Lanzinger, Head of the Science and Technology Section at the German Embassy, gave the welcome address. He stressed the importance of digital media and the digital revolution and underlined the potential for Indo-German collaboration in this field.

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MoU between Mainz Institute of Theoretical Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

A MoU was signed between Mainz Institute of Theoretical Physics (MITP) at Johannes Gutenberg University and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai in December 2017, to promote scientific exchange visits and collaborations including summer schools between MITP and TIFR in order to encourage progress in all research areas of common interest and to build academic ties between the two institutions.

Highlights from India and Germany

Education Budget 2018

Fellowships for 1,000 top B.Tech students for pursuing a doctorate, 24 new medical colleges and a new funding mechanism for higher education institutes were among the key initiatives in the education sector announced in the 2018-19 budget. An outlay of Rs 85,010 crore was made by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the education budget for the next fiscal on February 1. While Rs 35,010 crore has been allocated for higher education, an amount of Rs 50,000 crore has been earmarked for school education. To bridge the gap between doctor-patient ratio in the country, the finance minister proposed setting up of 24 new government medical colleges by upgrading existing district hospitals in the country. The government has also announced a new model for funding infrastructure in the centrally-funded higher educational institutions, calling on IITs, NITs and IIMs to pitch in with 25% of total funds needed.

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Upcoming Events and Conferences

DAAD Events

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will be organizing a series of events for Indian students and researchers interested in pursuing studies or research in Germany and webinars for students joining German universities shortly.

Webinar Series – Study in Germany

Study in Germany – Unfold your full Potential

Listen to representatives of a number of German universities about their programmes, application procedures and more!

March 6-7 2018, from 17:00hrs, any place convenient to the participant with a good internet connection.

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Pre-Departure Meet for Students going to Germany for Summer Semester 2018

The DAAD Pre-Departure Meet is your opportunity to get an insight into the student life in Germany that awaits you, gathering invaluable tips and importantly, connecting with other from and around Delhi who are headed to Germany for higher studies.

New Delhi: March 8, 15:00hrs, DAAD, DLTA Complex, 1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi 110029

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Info Session – Study and Research in Germany

Find out everything about study and research in Germany - eligibility, admission procedures, scholarships and more.

New Delhi: March 13, 2018, 15:00hrs, German House, 2 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021

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Pre-Departure Meet for Summer Intake 2018

Chennai: March 15, 2018, 15:00hrs, DAAD IC Chennai, 20/10 Jaganathan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai-600034

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Calls for Proposals: Funding opportunities and Scholarships

EU-India Water Cooperation on Research and Innovation Joint Call for Proposals - 2017- 2018

The EU-India S&T Agreement aims to support excellent research on priority areas which can best be addressed by a multinational approach. This initiative should facilitate cooperation among the researchers and institutions in India and Europe in the field of water. Joint proposal for a collaborative research and innovation project should be submitted by a consortium of at least three legal entities from India and three legal entities from Europe.

Application deadline: February 27, 2018

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International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC)

In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry offers a unique and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus. The IMPRS-gBGC offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences. Applications from invited from well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all over the world. Applicants should hold (or should be about to receive) a Master of Science or equivalent degree in natural sciences.

Application deadline: February 27, 2018

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Doctoral Positions in Economic Sociology and Political Economy

The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Con-stitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE), conducted jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the University of Cologne, with the Uni-versity of Duisburg-Essen as an associated partner, invites excellent candidates to apply for its doctoral program. Doctoral researchers take part in the intellectual life of the Institute and the two universities and can spend time at partner institutions abroad. Candidates with a two-year master’s degree or equivalent qualification in politi¬cal science, sociology, organization studies, history, or related fields are welcome to apply.

Application deadline: February 28, 2018

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Positions at Max-Planck Institutes

Senior Researcher in Political Economy

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) is seeking a senior re-searcher in political economy with a substantive focus on the analysis of growth models; social blocs and social coalitions undergirding growth models; and/or the politics of macroeconomic policy. Applicants are required to have completed a PhD in political science, sociology, or economics, and show a promise of excellence in their publication record.
Application deadline: March 2, 2018

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Senior Researcher in Quantitative Methods

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) is seeking a senior researcher with excellent skills in quantitative methods and substantive research interests in political economy or economic sociology. The successful applicant should have in-depth knowledge of quantitative research methods, especially with regard to the design and analysis of large surveys. Applicants are required to have completed a PhD in political science, sociology, economics, or statistics.

Application deadline: March 2, 2018

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Doctoral Fellowships at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies

The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) in Paris invites applications for doctoral fellowships. Fellowship recipients are required to apply for formal enroll¬ment in the doctoral program in sociology or political science at Sciences Po in Paris. Research topics of applicants should be related to economic sociology, political economy, or economic or political history. The MaxPo PhD program runs in close collaboration with the doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRSSPCE) in Cologne.

Application deadline: March 15, 2018

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International Summer School for Graduate Students

The Chair of Muslim Cultural & Religious History at the University of Erfurt invites applications for the 16th International Summer School ‘Muslims in the West: Reform and Reformation’ which will take place from August 12–25 2018 at the University of Erfurt. Fifteen young scholars from countries with significant Muslim populations will participate in this cultural encounter together with students from the University of Erfurt. The Summer School, financially supported by the DAAD, contributes to fostering mutual respect and understanding as well as to creating enduring bases for inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. This year, the Summer School focuses on the issue of reform and reformation and centers around the theme of Muslims/Islam in Western contexts.

Application deadline: March 30, 2018

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International PhD program in Life and Natural Sciences

International Max Planck Research School in Molecular Biomedicine and Cells in Motion Graduate School invite applications for 16 fully financed PhD posts, which involve high-profile research and scientific training with a focus on life cell imaging.

Application deadline: April 13, 2018

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Call for proposals of “Bioeconomy International”

Bioeconomy International invites applications from candidates for cooperation projects with partners in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Malaysia, Russia and Vietnam. Projects in the frame of „Bioeconomy International“ shall significantly contribute to at least one of the following fields of action of the National Research Strategy Bioeconomy 2030, including securing global nutrition, ensuring sustainable agricultural production, producing safe and healthy food, using renewable resources for industry and developing biomass-based energy. The aim of this program is to fund German partners (universities, research organisations and industry) in international consortia.

Application deadline: April 16, 2018

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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal

To acquaint our readers with the scientific scenario in India and Germany and to highlight the Indo-German cooperation in the field of science and technology, we would like to introduce one German or Indian Science institution in every edition, as a feature in our newsletter.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (IISER) aims to promote quality education and research in science and related areas. It was established in the year 2008 and is a degree-granting autonomous institute. It provides quality science education at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. The prime focus of the institute is to integrate science education with research. It facilitates and promotes early entry into research through research projects. To enhance and widen cooperation between India and Germany and to stimulate joint scientific research cooperation in areas of mutual interest and benefit, IISER has signed MoUs with Max-Planck Society and Georg-August University, Göttingen.

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Did You Know?

The average human body carries ten times more bacterial cells than human cells.

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