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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.

Mission

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.

News

IGCS Summer School 2018 Public Lecture

Deltas, Floodplains, and Harbours as Geo-Bio-Archives: Human-Environment Interactions in Western Anatolia July 16, 2018 | RWTH Aachen University         As part of the IGCS Summer School 2018 “Coastal and River Hazards & Management strategies”, we invite you to a public lecture by Prof Dr Helmut Brückner on July 16, 2018, at 18:00 hrs. The lecture will take place in the Generali-Saal of the SuperC (6th floor, Templargra

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Thanks to his lab equipment, Prof Klaus Reicherter has done some extensive research on the history of Aachen! He volunteered to guide all interested students through the host city and explain some background of the planning of the city. We covered the beautiful world heritage cathedral, the hot and smelly well Elisenbrunnen that developed Aachen into a spa city as well as some planning history of the romans who founded this city.

More information on the summer school: www.igcs-chennai.org/igcs-schools/igcs-schools-2018/

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IGCS SUMMER SCHOOL 2018, DAY 3:

Yesterday we had a varied programme at the 2018 IGCS Summer school, ranging from coastal to river to estuary hazards, from a physical and chemical point of view. We started off with a lecture about dating event layers along coasts, one of the most important missing puzzle pieces in the lectures from yesterday: we need to know when the last tsunami, cyclone or extreme rainfall event happened to estimate how often they may recur and to develop technologies and measures to reduce the severity of their consequences.

We continued with some examples of flood protection measures from the Netherlands, as well as from German rivers, some insights of coastal challenges from India and some environmental chemistry lectures as a teaser for the workshop today.

Prof Helmut Brückner from Universität zu Köln ended the day with his public lecture.

More information on the summer school: www.igcs-chennai.org/igcs-schools/igcs-schools-2018/

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IGCS SUMMER SCHOOL 2018, DAY 2:

This morning we are learning about the foundations of tsunamis: what are they? How are they built up? How can we study them? Are the highest tsunami waves really the ones with the highest impact on the environment? And where does the “wash up” of tsunami waves go? These questions were addressed and covered examples from Japan, the Philippines, Greece, and Oman.

The world population has been growing along the coast and will continue to grow. Tsunamis in the past show that they are a real threat to society. But: can tsunamis be predicted? The geologist colleagues from RWTH Aachen University and Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn said that in their discipline they can only reconstruct the past, but that the results from their research can be used to construct future scenarios so that hazard mitigation measures can be developed to reduce the vulnerability of the world’s most densely populated regions.

Now we are mingling at the coffee break before we hear engineering professors from oceanography at IIT Madras!

More information on the summer school: www.igcs-chennai.org/igcs-schools/igcs-schools-2018/

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The IGCS cordially welcomes 27 students from 18 different German and Indian universities to the 2018 summer school on Coastal and River Hazards & Management Strategies! This year we meet at RWTH Aachen University and have the chance to learn in lectures, workshops and excursions from more than 30 experts from India and Germany. We wish you all a fun and successful stay and hope you will have a great time with us. Good job in withstanding the jetlag to our Indian students and lecturers!

More information on the summer school: www.igcs-chennai.org/igcs-schools/igcs-schools-2018/

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