Summer School 2014


Sustainable Management of Resources –

Closing the Loop: Solid Waste and Waste Water Management

June 16th to June 28th 2014

University of Stuttgart

Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA)


Summer School 2014 at Stuttgart University was a wonderful experience for 23 German and Indian students. Read more on reports and student project results: (Lake Constance;  incineration plant;  WWTP Stuttgart; WWTP-ISWA; cultural journeys)


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Program Summer School 2014


The shortage of resources and global warming are big challenges on global and local level. Sustainable solid waste and water management play an important role in resource efficiency and to substitute fossile fuels by closing the loop of materials and water systems and by energy recovery of organic residues. Sustainability also means to reduce pollutants in waste and waste water (e.g. anthropogenic trace compounds). How will we meet the challenge? Technical, social and also economical aspects have to be addressed. We want to develop sustainable systems in solid waste and water management in lectures, workshops with projects and excursions, working together in interdisciplinary groups.


The course is open to German and Indian Master and Ph.D. Students in academic fields related to sustainable and urban development. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30 (15 German / 15 Indian).


Interested students may apply with the following: (1) a cover letter with contact details, a description of the applicant’s scientific interests and motivation for attending the course, (2) academic CV, (3) a letter of recommendation from a university professor/lecturer (for Indian Students: from the Head of Department).

Application and enclosures should be sent in PDF file by e-mail to (Indian Students)/ (German Students) until 1 April 2014. Applications received after this date will not be considered. A confirmation mail will sent to the applicants immediately. If the applicant does not receive a confirmation mail he needs to inquire immediately. Deadline for German students extended: April 15th, 2014.

Evaluation of applications and admission

Applications will be evaluated by the organizers. Accepted applicants will be informed by e-mail by April 15th 2014. German students please address their queries to Ms. Eva Portius


The IGCS including the schools are part of the “A New Passage to India” initiative funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Indian participants of the Summer School 2014 receive a travel grant (575 EUR), German students receive a travel reimbursement. All students receive a per diem and lump sum for further expenses.


The selected students will be accommodated in the International Student Hostel (two people per room).


The resource personnel for the Summer School includes IGCS Professors, lecturers of the University of Stuttgart and other selected experts. The course participants will also have the opportunity to interact with a government agency in the topics of the course.

Work Groups

Participants will work in groups of up to 4-5 members to develop small research projects, prepare reports on their findings and present them to the supervisors for discussion.

Topics to explore

Possible topics by the workgroups, based on interest, may be resource efficiency, sustainable solid waste and water management, eco-sanitation and anthropogenic trace compounds in water and waste. For course related matters please enquire by email to eugenia.steinbach[at]


IGCS Area Coordinators

Prof. Dr. M. Kranert, IGCS Area Coordinator Waste, ISWA, University of Stuttgart

Prof. Ligy Philip, IGCS Area Coordinator Waste, IIT Madras

Prof. A.K. Kolar, IGCS Area Coordinator Energy, IIT Madras

Prof. B.S. Murty, IGCS Area Coordinator Water, IIT Madras

IGCS Centre Coordinators

Prof. Dr. Sudhir Chella Rajan, IGCS Centre Coordinator, IIT Madras

Prof. Dr. Rafig Azzam, IGCS Centre Coordinator, Head of Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen University

IGCS Staff

Dr. Sasidhar Palagummi, IGCS Senior Scientist, IIT Madras

Ms. Eva Portius, IGCS Project Manager, RWTH Aachen University


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Winter School 2014

Sustainability in Theory and Practice –

Exploring sustainable development

3rd March to 16th March 2014

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai


Winter School in Chennai was concluded on 16 March 2014 and was a huge success with 33 particpants and 22 speakers from Germany and India. Students elaborated on projects on topics such as food security and distribution, landuse Pallikarnai wetland, transport and mobility, Owzone Group and sanitation innovations.



Dr. Sharachchandra Lele, ATREE, Bangalore


Programme Schedule IGCS Winter School 2014



IGCS Centre Coordinators

Prof. Dr. Sudhir Chella Rajan, IGCS Centre Coordinator, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras

Prof. Dr. Rafig Azzam, Head of Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen University

IGCS Staff

Dr. Sasidhar Palagummi, IGCS Senior Scientist, IIT Madras

Ms. Eva Portius, IGCS Project Manager, RWTH Aachen University

IGCS Visiting Professor

Dr. Christoph Woiwode, IGCS Professor, IIT Madras

IITM Professors

Dr. Solomon J. Benjamin, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras


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General information

IGCS Schools take place at IIT Madras and German universities on a regular basis since 2012. More than 70 students from India and Germany have taken part. For more information and alumni contacts please send an email to portius[at]

You may find an interesting report on Winter School in Chennai 2012 below and an impression on Summer School in Aachen 2013 here – or watch the great movie one of the participants made during the school!

Further Information:

IGCS Winterschool 2014 in Chennai  Report

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