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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

Water-Energy-Food Nexus Workshop at IGCS

15-17 March 2017 | IIT Madras Prof. Jörg E. Drewes and Dr. Daphne Gondhalekar (Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering) at the Technical University of Munich are conducting a research project on the urban Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. ​A WEF Nexus workshop will be held at IIT Madras, Chennai, India ​on March 15-17th 2017. The workshop is being organized in collaboration with the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) at IIT Madras and the Wate

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I. Indo-German Dialogue on Urban Green Practices in Chennai

9-11 March 2017 | Kalakshetra The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institut will facilitate the first Indo-German Dialogue on Urban Green Practices in Chennai. From 9-11 March this symposium serves as a platform to bring together selected people from academia, grassroots activists, environment entrepreneurs and policy makers for a dialogue about the role and potentials that socially innovative individuals and citizens

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

27-28 January 2017 | IIT Madras The event attracted around 100 researchers and policy-makers from India, Germany, United Kingdom. This conference on peri-urban dynamics examined various themes such as urbanisation, peri-urban ecosystems, water and their uses in the peri-urban, political frameworks and governance.     SUMMARY   PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT   IMPRESSIONS Pictures (c) IGCS                

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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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IGCS Winter School 2017 at IIT Madras | Opening 20.02., Key Note Speaker (Dr Ravi Chopra); 24.02.2017 with guest speakers Dr Schoenberger, Stuttgart University, Dr S. Srinivasan, IFMR, Chennai and IGCS Coordinators Profs BS Murty, R. Azzam, Ligy Philip, Krishna Vasudevan, S. Chella Rajan, N. Fohrer, M. Kranert, F. Behrendt ... See MoreSee Less

IGCS Winter School 2017 at IIT Madras | Opening 20.02., Key Note Speaker (Dr Ravi Chopra); 24.02.2017 with guest speakers Dr Schoenberger, Stuttgart University, Dr S. Srinivasan, IFMR, Chennai and IGC...