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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.


Inauguration of new IGCS-premises at IIT Madras

1 November 2017 | IIT Madras | On 1st November 2017 the director of IIT Madras, Bhaskar Ramamurthi, and rector of RWTH Aachen University, Ernst Schmachtenberg, celebrated the inauguration of the new IGCS premises in the Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences. HE Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Achim Fabig, and Dr Akilesh Gupta, Head/Senior Scientist-G, DST, GoI, were chief guests at the function that was followed by a one-day sympo


Kick-off Workshop on Urban Resilience: Coastal Hazards and Coastal Water Management, Vulnerability and Sustainability at IIT Madras

23-26 October 2017 | IIT Madras | Chennai     From 23-26 October the joint Indo-German Workshop on Urban Resilience: Coastal Hazards and Coastal Water Management, Vulnerability and Sustainability organized by Prof S.A. Sannasiraj, Dept. of Ocean Engg. at IIT Madras and Prof K. Reicherter, Neotectonics and Natural Hazards Group at RWTH Aachen University took place at IC&SR Building. Overall 13 researchers from Aachen and Bonn and 11 researcher


Announcement | Inauguration of new IGCS-premises at IIT Madras

1 November 2017 | IIT Madras | We are excited to announce that on the 1st November 2017 the IGCS team at IIT Madras will be moving to their new building. The new building will be located in the new Biotechnology building in IIT Madras. The IGCS team, the Indian and German researchers and students will have an entire floor dedicated to it. The IGCS will now have access to large spaces, new equipment and new furniture that they can use to work with. The aim

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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

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IGCS WINTER SCHOOL on Smart Grids 2018
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DEADLINE extended for Students from German Universities and Research Institutes until December 20, 2017!
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On 23rd November 2017, Consul General of the Republic of India, Ms. Pratibha Parkar met Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, Vice-President of DAAD, at the Consulate and discussed opportunities for bilateral academic collaboration between Indian and German Universities. Prof. Mukherjee will also be participating at the upcoming Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, in New Delhi. Copyright: Consulate General of the Republic of India ... See MoreSee Less

Great day for IGCS at IIT Madras! Inauguration of the new premises by HE Achim Fabig, Director IITM Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Rector RWTH Aachen University Ernst Schmachtenberg and DST-representative Dr Akilesh Gupta, Head/Scientist-G on November 1st, 2017 in the newly constructed Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences. ... See MoreSee Less

IIT Madras signs #Research MoU with German Firm and University! IIT Madras signs Research MoU with Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen, a leading German High Voltage Technology firm and RWTH Aachen University,...

During Indo-German intergovernmental consultations in Berlin Federal Minister Johanna Wanka and her Indian Colleague Harsh Vardhan sign an agreement on IGCS support.
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