• institute
  • icgs
  • rwth

Welcome to the IGCS

The IGCS serves the cooperation between German and Indian scientists on fundamental and applied research, teaching and training, dissemination of information in the area of sustainable development. Its special focus is the protection of the environment considering water resources, energy, land use and rural development and waste management. The Centre should promote the development of relevant ideas on and solutions to specific local issues, through interdisciplinary research and study projects in the above mentioned areas. The IGCS will additionally contribute to the intensification of Indo-German cooperation in key academic fields.


The IGCS aims at developing the capacity and the capability to promote sustainable development in Germany, India and South Asia. Sub-topics of research can be identified within the above mentioned core areas.  Sustainability with respect to economic, ecologic and social issues significantly enhances the existing research activities and courses offered at the IITM.  German and Indian expertise merge in joint research projects, the development of additional study programmes and in joint degree programmes.

An essential component of the IGCS’s trans-disciplinary approach is the cooperation with other institutions and organizations in order to make use of existing information, research, capacity, (best practice) experience and ongoing initiatives in the different areas of sustainable development. The research of this centre will help to meet the challenges of the global change regarding water and energy in the future.


Conference on Peri-Urban Development: Concept, Emerging Ideas and Notions of Sustainability

27-28 January 2017 | IIT Madras Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentation | One major theme of the 21st century is intensifying global environmental changes, including climate change, with significant and often negative impacts on the environment, ecosystems, livelihoods, health and well-being.   A second major theme is urbanisation, with the proportion of those living in cities and peri-urban areas projected to reach 66 per cent by 2050, with most


IGCS Workshop on ‘Current Sustainable Approaches in Waste Water and Solid Waste Management’

IGCS will host an Indo-German workshop on ‘Current Sustainable Approaches in Waste Water and Solid Waste Management’  to be held at IIT Madras during Nov. 7-8, 2016. Flyer and tentative information    


IGCS Summer School 2016

IGCS Summer School 2016 Biomass and Coal – Two Carbon Fuels of Different Ages: German and Indian Perspectives | 09 July to 18 July 2016 | Technical University Berlin has started with 25 student participants and reknown lecturers from India and Germany. After the official opening by host, Prof F Behrendt, EVUR, TU Berlin the students were welcomed by representative of the Indian Embassy, Mr Ravikrishnan, Minister, Center Coordinator Prof Chella Rajan and

View All

Bulletin No 20

The IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 4 is published. The last month was turbulent. Demonetization (Nov 8th), Honorable Chief Minister Jayalalitha’s demise (Dec 5th), and cyclone Vardah (Dec 12th) are testing the resilience of people in India, Tamil Nadu and Chennai, the latter coping with all three events accumulated. Apart from this, this bulletin demonstrates that the IGCS is as vibrant as ever. We held several workshops, were present at the Cityscapes Confe


Bulletin No 19

The IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 3 is out. Read about IGCS´s numerous activites with German and Indian researchers such as the joint Summer School at TU Berlin, GIZ collaboration in the Cities fit for Climate Change-Project. An interesting opinion is published by Dr. Avilash Roul, IGCS Senior Scientist on “Ocean Governance: Samudra Manthan 2.0”. If you wish to receive the Bulletin on a regular basis, please contact portius(at)igcs-chennai.org


Bulletin No 18

The latest Bulletin is out:  IGCS Bulletin Vol 5, Issue 2. Read about IGCS´s numerous activites with German and Indian researchers such as the Indo-German conference on Sustainability in February, the IGCS Winter School on Biofuels, the Winter School on Air Pollution, the Conference on Air Quality and the Panel on Disaster Management at IIT Madras. IGCS hosts a short term lecturer, Dr. Roos Gerritsen from University of Heidelberg and several students fro

View All


IGCS shared IIT Madras's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

IIT Madras partners with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany to establish a Centre for Advanced Automotive Research Chennai 20 October 2016: Indian Institute of Technology Madras signed a Letter of Inte...