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.



Call for IGCS DAAD Alumni Workshop (06.-07.11.2014)

IGCS invites applications for a DAAD Alumni workshop on the topic “Globalization, Sustainability, Lifestyles – Think globally, act locally”. The workshop is...


IGCS Guest presentation “Isotopes – Forensic tool in the environment” by Prof. Dr. Stephan Weise

A guest lecture will be held on October 21, 2014 by Prof. Dr. Stephan Weise of the Helmholtz Centre for Environment-UFZ in Halle, Germany in the Department of Civil...


IGCS Workshop “Isotopes in our environment – from climate change analysis to contaminant tracking”

The IGCS workshop will take place from 20-24th October 2014 at IIT Madras. It is coordinated by IGCS Professor Dr. Franziska Steinbruch and Prof. Dr. Indumathi Nambi...


Workshop on “Rural Sustainable Tourism and Land Use”

The event took place from September 29th – October 1st 2014 at IITM. It was jointly coordinated by Prof. Dr. Thimm, Constance University of Applied Sciences,...