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Indo-German Dialogue on Excellence in Research and Education
Focus: Industry Academia Cooperation
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at IISER Pune
'Indo-German Dialogue on Excellence in Research and Education', an initiative by DWIH New Delhi, aims at bringing together Indian and German decision makers, stakeholders and leading experts, to jointly and comprehensively discuss the multifaceted and all-encompassing aspects of excellence in research and education, to exchange ideas and experiences with regard to the challenges and opportunities and to identify areas of mutual interest.
The 3rd edition of Indo-German Dialogue will focus on industry-academia cooperation and is being organised in cooperation with IISER Pune.
DWIH Indo-German Conference "CityScapes"
In the past few decades, promising economic opportunities and living conditions has fueled migration of human population from rural areas to urban cities. As per the UN estimates, 70% of the world population will be dwelling in cities by 2050. This continuous ‘human’ influx in cities has had an unprecedented impact on the existing resources such as land, water, energy and overburdened ‘man-made’ infrastructures. Together with natural calamities such as floods and cyclones; unrestricted population explosion in urban set-up compromises the intricate balance of the ecosystem. There is an urgent need to develop harmonious solutions to tackle these global challenges of sustainable urbanization.
To maintain the dynamic equilibrium of increasing world population with that of its immediate environment; efficient, low carbon energy alternatives need to be developed and utilized for various industrial, agricultural, housing and transportation applications. Another aspect of urban living that requires attention is the ‘world of internet’ that has not just redefined human communication in the last two decades but has immensely contributed to development of cutting-edge technologies the world has so far witnessed. This ‘Cyber space’ that contains sensitive personal and Governmental information; provides framework of digital networking for various applications including transportation; communication and scientific research needs to be protected from cyber vandals for ensuring national security.
Apart from pressing issues such as energy, environment, cyber security etc. the theme of cities and migration throws up a host of other social and political questions. As the world urban population is expected to double by 2050, Steven Vertovec, Director, Max Planck Institute of Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity; asks how people with ever more diverse characteristics can live together in the rapidly expanding cities of the world. The focus lies here on the dynamics of diversification that requires asking how people of different nationalities, ethnicities, languages, gender etc. are creating new patterns of coexistence and where these patterns might lead to conflict. Some of this conflict potential can be witnessed in Europe today, especially in Germany, where the refugee crisis fuelled by war and poverty in other parts of the world is creating enormous challenges for urban governance. In India rural migration to urban centers is leading not only to a breakdown of urban infrastructure, but is also creating a growing social polarization in large cities. Migration is to be viewed here as a part of broader social transformations with their socio-spatial inequalities and/or social cohesions. Trends of labor migration towards emerging and developed markets are yet another interesting aspect of sociology of cities and migration that impacts the policies shaping economy, societal and sustainable development.
The above issues will be addressed in form of lectures or panel discussions and book reading under the umbrella of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH), New Delhi.
Lectures and panel discussion under following subtopics:
- Privacy & Security in Online Social Media (PSOSM)
- Smart Energy & Construction
- Impact of Urbanisation on Environment
- Smart Cities : Industry Perspective
- For a Future Sustainable Peri-Urban India
- Cities & Migration: Perspectives from Politics & Economy
- Cities & Migration: Citizen’s Participation
- Mapping Human Skills
Ensuring resilient and sustainable energy future: Linking post- earthquake reconstruction in Nepal
24-26 October 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal
The main objective of this national workshop is to develop professional capacity of alumni through knowledge and experience sharing among national alumni and stakeholders on energy development issues for the on-going massive reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in Nepal. This workshop would eventually assist to ensure a resilient and sustainable energy future for Nepal. Other specific objectives of the workshop can be listed as follows:
- To share knowledge and ideas of productive and efficient practices on energy development that will help in the national efforts on post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction
- To provide a platform for stakeholders to interact and raise awareness on sustainable energy development issues
- To strengthen collaboration and networking among alumni of Flensburg University
IGCS Summer School 2016
Biomass and Coal - Two Carbon Fuels of Different Ages: German and Indian Perspectives
9 - 18 July 2016, Technical University Berlin
The nine-day program addresses a variety of aspects related to the sustainable and clean use of biomass and coal. Lectures by German and Indian representatives from academia, industry, and politics will introduce into technical, environmental, economic, and political aspects of the supply and use of these two solid fuels. These lectures will be designed to foster a lively discussion between the participants. Furthermore, the participants will carry out projects related to the topics of the lectures. Here, the participants are expected to team up with their fellow students with different academic backgrounds to achieve fruitful results based on interdisciplinary teamwork. The program is complemented by topic-related excursions.
The course is open to German* and Indian Master and PhD students in academic fields of engineering, environmental and social sciences (specializiation related to the topic of the summer school is desirable). The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30 (15 German / 15 Indian).
Application deadline 15 May 2016
More information on www.igcs-chennai.org/?page_id=3590
Nutrition today: Struggle between Malnutrition and Obesity
8 - 10 April 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal
Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of human civilization as it forms the basis of all kinds of physical, mental and spiritual development of mankind. The progress of the society and the nature of the progress thus much depend on the food we take. According to ancient nutrition science Ayurveda ‘Man is what man eats’. The nature requires a balanced and responsible usage of proteins, carbohydrates, different phytochemicals, and minerals in the food. Thus, to find a suitable utilization of nutrition is a crucial part of the development of healthy society. Only a society, enjoying the physical, mental and spiritual health, can make a progress.
However, with the advent of new technological advances in various areas and invasion of profit oriented societal values, many techniques and tools of food production, modification, protection and distribution have been introduced over last centuries. As result, new values and definitions have been created for the nutrition of body and soul. On one hand, we do not have enough food for growing population while there is a problem of ever increasing obesity in the society on the other. The equilibrium set up by the nature has been shifted. In particular, the food additives have significantly enhanced the food efficiency but also posed severe health hazards. Several problems related to obesity and malnutrition has emerged in our society. We realize that the gravity of the problem is increasing day by day. Also in Nepal, there is a challenge for us to tackle with these seemingly conflicting problems at the same time.
Nepal is going through rapid transformations in various socio-economic sectors. The expectation of the people has tremendously enlarged after the country has taken a path of federal republican set up in the political arena. To cope with the new challenges facing the nation in the field of balanced nutrition, there is an urgent need of enhancing the awareness in the population about the nutrition culture. We need a public awareness, in particular in the new generation, and deliver the society a concept of healthy, balanced and sustainable nutrition concept. Thus, the theme of the workshop is very timely and encompasses the need of the day.
The workshop is organized by NEGAAS and is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD. NEGAAS is an organization of alumni of German institutions such as the DAAD, AvH-Foundation, KFA, DFG who are working in Nepal. Since inception, NEGAAS has organized numerous seminars on diverse topics.
Indo-German Conference on Sustainability: Exploring planetary boundaries and their challenges and opportunities
27 – 28 February 2016, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
This conference has been organized by
Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS)
For details: http://www.igcs-chennai.org/?p=4515
German Week 2016: Der Süden - Phantasien, Positionen, Perspektiven
22 - 26 February 2016, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
The German Week consists of the following events:
12th Symposium for Young Researchers in the Field of German Studies
22 - 24 February 2016
International Conference of the Goethe Society of India 2016
24 - 26 February 2016
The Week is being funded by the DAAD.
Click here for the programme
International DAAD Alumni Seminar: Tropical Diversity, Ecology and Land Use, 17 – 22 February 2016, GöttingenThe alumni seminar intends to elaborate and reflect your expertise in socio-ecological systems. It will facilitate networking between the participants and with scientists and international students of the University of Göttingen. By means of oral and poster presentations and discussion fora, visits of research facilities, a fair-trade enterprise and a nature reserve you will get in touch with institutions and organizations involved in tropical ecology and sustainable land use management. You will furthermore have the opportunity to develop and exchange ideas with renowned experts during the seminar and at the conference.
Applications are invited from alumni of German universities with a minimum of 3 months of study/research experience in Germany.
Announcement is available on https://www.sle-berlin.de/index.php/en/training-2/tropical-diversity-alumni-workshop-engl
Science Tour “Research in Germany” 2016: City of the Future - Research for Sustainable Urban Development
31 January – 6 February 2016
Call for Applications
Are you an international scientist involved in and curious about the future of urban development and so called smart cities?
Discover more about research into cities of the future by taking a tour of cutting-edge research facilities here in Germany.
The tour, organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will provide a unique insight into innovative research activities in German universities, research institutes and industry.
More information is available here.
International Conference on Emerging Biotechnologies
28- 30th January 2016, Kakatiya University, Warangal
International Conference on Emerging Biotechnologies was held during 28th -30th January 2016. In this international congress, the key note address and 24 plenary lectures were delivered by national (mostly DAAD members) and international scientists. The topics spread over plant biotechnology, microbial biotechnology, climate change, medical health, crop biotechnology and nutrition. The most important and unique feature of this international event was that DAAD encouraged and financially supported 20 DAAD fellows from India and Bhutan to converge to Kakatiya University and present their experiences in Germany and also their research work.
Another important point to remember is that all foreign speakers viz, Prof. MGK. Jones, Australia, Dr. Martina Silber, Germany Prof. Laslo Szabados, Hungary Prof. Ali Akbar Ehsanpour, Iran and Dr. Sonam Tashi, Bhutan have actively participated in this congress.
Both these features i.e, DAAD Alumni Meet and Foreign speakers converging to Kakatiya University was possible due to the financial support rendered by DAAD, Germany, DST, New Delhi, BRNS-BARC, Mumbai and UGC, New Delhi.
As submitted by Kakatiya University
Events in 2015
German Week, 16 – 20 February 2015, New Delhi
- 11th Symposium for Young Researchers in the Field of German Studies
- Conference of the Goethe Society of India
Biochemical and Molecular Analysis of Medicinal Plants of India as a Source of Life Saving Drugs, 7 December 2015, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
Indo-German Alumni Seminar on Enabling Sustainable Food and Nutritional Security, 1 - 2 December 2015, Hyderabad
Industry Academia Cooperation as a Key Impulse for Excellence in Research and Education, 20 November 2015, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore
Internationalisation as a Key Impulse for Excellence in Research and Education, 14 October 2015, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi
International DAAD Alumni Expert Seminar: Science meets Economy – Water and Waste Water Management, 10 - 12 October 2015, Mumbai
Summer School on Integrated Land Use Systems, June 1 - 19, 2015, Freiburg, Germany
Heidelberg Alumni International National Meeting (HAIN), February 23 - 24, 2015, New Delhi
11th Symposium for Young Researchers in the Field of German Studies, 16 - 18 February 2015, New Delhi
Conference of the Goethe Society of India, 18 - 20 February 2015, New Delhi
Events in 2014
International Alumni Conference on Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation, December 8-10, 2014, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai
Conference on Decentralized Biogas Digesters and their Slurry Management, November 20–21, 2014, BITS Pilani Goa Campus
IGCS DAAD Alumni Workshop “Globalization, Sustainability, Lifestyles – Think globally, act locally", November 6-7, 2014, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai
Virtual Trained in GermanY India 2014, October 9, 2014
Trained in GermanY Mumbai 2014, September 24, 2014
Alumni Workshop on Establishment of innovative, multi‐state and multi‐national networks, September 11-20, 2014, University of Göttingen, Germany
Alumni Workshop on Reflecting Biodiversity – Holistic approaches and regional adaptation, September 11-20, 2014, University of Bonn, Germany
Events in 2013
Course on Vegetation Science and Site Classification, December 2-20, 2013, TERI University, New Delhi and Palni Hills & KIS, Tamil Nadu
Alumni Workshop on Earth Sciences for the Society, November 7-8, 2013, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad
Virtual Trained in GermanY India, Job Fair for Germany-Alumni, 25 October 2013, Pune
Alumni Workshop on Advances in PDE Modeling and Computation, October 21-25, 2013 Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai
Science meets Economy – Water and Waste Water Management, October 20-27, 2013, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
Alumni Workshop on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living in Remote Areas, October 7-11, 2013, Auroville, Puducherry
Roles of Food, Work and Cash in Overcoming Poverty, September 28-30, 2013, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
Alumni Workshop on Science & Art of Sustainability, September 6-7, 2013, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
Land use related Biodiversity in India, August 26, 2013, TERI University, New Delhi