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IGCS Workshop on ‘Current Sustainable Approaches in Waste Water and Solid Waste Management’

IGCS will host an Indo-German workshop on ‘Current Sustainable Approaches in Waste Water and Solid Waste Management’  to be held at IIT Madras during Nov. 7-8, 2016. Flyer and tentative information    

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IGCS Summer School 2016

IGCS Summer School 2016 Biomass and Coal – Two Carbon Fuels of Different Ages: German and Indian Perspectives | 09 July to 18 July 2016 | Technical University Berlin has started with 25 student participants and reknown lecturers from India and Germany. After the official opening by host, Prof F Behrendt, EVUR, TU Berlin the students were welcomed by representative of the Indian Embassy, Mr Ravikrishnan, Minister, Center Coordinator Prof Chella Rajan and

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CfA | BYPASSLAB Workshop | 26.6.-02.07.2016

The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability at IIT Madras is looking for participants to attend a ‘hack lab’ taking place late June in Chennai, TN. This lab is thematically focused on Chennai’s peri-urban fringe, which is undergoing urbanization at a fast rate. We welcome applications from professionals and students, from the fields of Urban Design & Architecture, Humanities, Journalism and Communication as well as self-trained enthusiasts

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Chennai Floods – Rapid Assessment Report

The rapid assessment report was prepared by Prof. Balaji Narasimhan, IIT Madras; Prof. S. Murty Bhallamudi, IGCS, IIT Madras; Prof. Arpita Mondal, IIT Bombay, Prof. Subimal Ghosh, IIT Bombay and Prof. P.P. Mujumdar, IISc., Bangalore under the leadership of Prof. P.P. Mujumdar, Chairman, Inter Disciplinary Center for Water Research at I.I.Sc., Bangalore. See more at: http://www.icwar.iisc.ernet.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Chennai-Floods-Rapid-Assessment-R

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German-Indian Ideas Competition: From waste to resource – how can we turn garbage into gold?

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is seeking ideas to tackle India’s waste problem. The international BMBF campaign “Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow” (www.shaping-the-future.org), which will get under way in spring 2016, focuses on the question of how cities can be maintained as viable, sustainable living spaces. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas”

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IGCS-DST Workshop on Advances in Biomonitoring and Demonstration of Automated Biomonitoring of Pollutants in Water bodies | 2-9 May, 2016 | IITM

Pollution by numerous anthropogenic substances threatens water quality worldwide. Micro-pollutants in low levels are difficult to analyse due to need for sophisticated instrumentation. Environmental legislation clearly defines the need for regular monitoring of pollutants down as low as to nanogram per liter levels. Biomonitoring done in parallel with chemical analyses of micropollutants, would validate the biomonitoring techniques. There are several advan

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“Beyond Disasters in Chennai – Risk Management and Sustainable Urban Development” | 7 – 9 April 2016 | Indo-German Exchange

The recent monsoon period of 2015 resulted in widespread inundations and enormous human and economic losses in wide areas of Tamil Nadu, South India, especially in the metropolis of Chennai. While previous floods had affected mostly those people living along river banks, this event became special, because of the ubiquitous nature of its impact. Many lessons were learned from floods in India itself as well as in Germany and have triggered changes towards be

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IGCS CONFERENCE | Exploring Planetary Boundaries and their Challenges and Opportunities

The two-day Indo-German Conference on Sustainability was inaugurated on 27nd February 2016 at IIT Madras. The inaugural session was presided jointly by Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras and Prof Ernst Schmachtenberg Rector, RWTH Aachen University. The inaugural session was attended by Mr. Achim Fabig, Honourable Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai, Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Scientist G and Head SPLICE-Climate Change Programme,

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Inauguration of School on Urban Air Pollution and Health Risks

Winter school on “Urban Air Pollution and Health Risks” was opened on 11.02.2016. This event is jointly organized by the IIT Madras and UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany and sponsored by Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS), IIT Madras and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), Chennai. More information: Prof Dr Shivanagendra, IITM.       PROGRAMME BROSCHURE    

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First Indian International Conference on Air Quality Management at IIT Madras

The conference lasting from 15.-16. February 2016 is jointly organized by the IIT Madras and UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany and sponsored by Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS), IIT Madras and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), Chennai. Program More information you may find here.          

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IGCS Winter School 2016 on Liquid Biofuels

The IGCS Winter School “Sustainable Application of  Liquid Biofuels”  was held at IIT Madras from 22 Feb – 5 March 2016 with 30 Participants from India and Germany. A detailed programme of the Winter School can be downloaded here.                          

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Indo-German Conference on Sustainability 2015 | POSTPONED

The incessant rains and consequent floods during first week of Dec 2015 at Chennai gave IGCS conference organizers no choice but to postpone the Conference. The revised dates: 27-28 Feb 2016. Please contact the IGCS organisation team for further questions at:  igcs.conf.sust(at)gmail.com   Technical Program Conference Registration         The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability is organising a two-day conference on Dec 5th

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Indo-German Conference on Sustainability 2015 – Exploring Planetary Boundaries and their Challenges and Opportunities

The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability is organising a two-day conference on Dec 5th – 6th 2015 at IIT Madras. We solicit your presence and original research contribution for this conference. The important points are given below and we invite you to take a look at the brochure for further details.       Topics The focus areas of the centre are sustainable technologies for water management, energy management, waste management and

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CfA: Expert Meeting on “Recent advancement in online/remote water quality monitoring and management technologies”

Professors from RWTH Aachen University / Indo German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) at IIT Madras and the Department of Mining Engineering of Anna University in India will jointly organize an expert meeting from 2-4 February 2016 in Chennai, India. This expert meeting is funded by the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) and will support the travel expenses of up to 10 participants from German institutions and 10 participants from Indian ins

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IGCS Summer School 2015 at Kiel University

On Wednesday 27th May, 2015 the IGCS Summer School “Sustainable Water Management in Rural Landscapes” (May 27 – June 10, 2015) was opened at Kiel University. The particpants from 14 different Indian and German universities were greeted by the host, Prof. Dr. Fohrer, IGCS Area Coordinator Water Management, the dean of the faculty of agricultural and nutritional sciences, Prof. Hartung. Dr. Schmode, head of the International Center, welcomed t

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Winter School Sustainable Water Management in Urban Areas 2015 at IIT Madras

Winter School 2015 on Sustainable Water Management in Urban Areas at IIT Madras was concluded on Saturday, 14 March – after 19 lectures from Indian and German faculty, field trips to waste water plants and a cultural trip to Pondicherry and Auroville. More information on the intercultural activities of 30 German and Indian students from 25 different higher education institutions and research centres here …  

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Final Report on “Urban Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change in Chennai” by Students of TU Dortmund

In March 2014 a group of 15 Bachelor students from the School of Spatial Planning, Technical University Dortmund in Germany, conducted a two week long field trip as part of a one year long studio work. Intensive preparation including literature review, generating a conceptual framework and a research methodology preceded this excursion. During their visit, the German students met with IIT Madras students who work on the Buckingham Canal to share their ide

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Policy Paper “Sustainable Lifestyles” by Indo-German Expert Group on Green and Inclusive Economy

Indo-German Expert Group on Green and Inclusive Economy has published a Policy Paper on “Sustainable Lifestyles. Pathways and Choices for India and Germany”. Authors are Prof. Dr. Sudhir Chella Rajan, Centre Coordinator IGCS, IIT Madras, and Dr. Harry Lehmann, Federal Environment Agency, Germany. The Expert Group is supported by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and facilitated by

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IGCS Workshop “Promise and Challenges of Biodiesel as Sustainable fuel for the future”, Feb. 19-21, 2015 | IIT Madras

In the area of biodiesel IIT Madras (India) and OWI Oel-Waerme-Institute (Germany) affiliated institute of RWTH Aachen University have a joined IGCS/DST project under which both partners initiated this workshop where there will be invited talks from specialists from India and Germany.           About the Workshop Sustainability is fast becoming the keyword in all development domains, especially in the area of energy. The Worksho

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Pilot Study on “Climate Change and Socio-Cultural Transformation for Sustainable Living in Urban India”

Dr. Christoph Woiwode, IGCS Professor Land Use/Sustainable Urbanisation, IIT Madras, received a grant as partner in pilot project “Climate Change and Socio-Cultural Transformation for Sustainable Living in Urban India” with Sathish Selvakumar from the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore. Purpose of the internal grant from IIHS is to provide seed funding to explore novel research themes. Focusing on Bangalore and Chennai, t

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IGCS Workshop “Micropollutant in Water and their Hazards”, 12th-13th January 2015

The IGCS workshop “Micropollutant in Water and their Hazards”, 12th-13th January 2015 was organized by Prof. T.S. Chandra, Prof. Ligy Philip and Prof. Ravi Krishna. Venue: ICSR Hall II. Chief guest adress was held by Prof. S. Das, Academic Dean Research at IIT Madras. The workshop is financed by DST, Govt. of India, within the framework of the IGCS-DST Project.  

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IGCS Workshop on “Improving Energy Sustainability – Conventional and Renewable”, Dec. 4-5, 2014

Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) has organised a two-day Symposium on ‘Improving Energy Sustainability – Conventional and Renewable’ on 4 and 5th December 2014. The IGCS Energy Workshop was inaugurated by his Excellency Mr. Achim Fabig, German Consul, Chennai. Prof Krishna Vasudevan, IGCS Energy Area Coordinator, IIT Madras, welcomed the dignitaries and spoke on the need, relevance and purpose of the workshop. Prof F. Behrendt, IGCS

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IGCS DAAD Alumni Workshop (06.-07.11.2014)

IGCS organized DAAD Alumni Networking Event on “Globalization, sustainability, lifestyles – Think globally, act locally” held on 6-7th November 2014 at IIT Madras in Chennai, India   This two-day DAAD-funded Alumni Networking event for Indian DAAD Alumni scholars was co-organized by the two German IGCS Professors, Dr. Franziska Steinbruch and Dr. Christoph Woiwode, Prof. Dr. B.S. Murty, the Acting Centre Coordinator IGCS, IITM, and Ms. Padma and

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IGCS Workshop on “Improving Energy Sustainability – Conventional and Renewable”, Dec. 4-5, 2014, Visveswaraya Seminar Hall, IIT Madras

Sustainability is fast becoming the keyword in all development domains, especially in the area of energy. The Workshop will focus on Technologies in the energy domain with emphasis on Gas, Coal and Solar Thermal Energies. The topics that will be touched upon will be technologies related to Gas Turbines, Production of Liquid Fuels from Coal and other sources and Solar Thermal Technology. There will be invited talks from specialists from India and Germany (T

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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 funded by DAAD with the objective to facilitate sharing and exchange of ideas of DAAD Alumni on the workshop themes. This will be a highly interactive two-day event with speakers and facilitators from India, one expert from Germany, and IGCS faculty. A maximum of 30 DAAD Alumni from India can tak

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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 of the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division, Department of Civil Engineering of IIT Madras, and Prof. Dr. Stephan Weise of the Helmholtz Centre for Environment-UFZ in Halle, Germany. The workshop aims at capacity building of young researchers and includes the discussion of po

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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, and IGCS. From the IGCS side, Prof. Dr. Woiwode, Prof. Dr. Ligy Philip and Prof. Dr. B.S. Murty took active part. Participants from TU Dresden, Prof. Dr. Freyer, and from Constance University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Dr. Rothstein, met their colleagues from KITTS, Kerala, India, Director, Prof

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Long-Term Energy and Development Pathways For India

The IGCS has released a report on India’s long-term energy scenarios, showing that it is conceivable for India to stabilize its greenhouse gas emissions, provide access to modern energy services to its entire population and also gain a broad set of environmental, economic and social benefits. India is both the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions and home to the largest population of the world’s poor. Climate policy for India must the

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IGCS Summer School 2014 at Stuttgart University successfully concluded

On Saturday, 28th June 2014 IGCS scholarship holders from India and Germany successfully finished their two week IGCS Summer school “Sustainable Management of Resources – Closing the Loop: Solid Waste and Waste Water Management” at University of Stuttgart at ISWA organized by Prof. M. Kranert, IGCS Area Coordinator Waste Management. Project work with IGCS Area Coordinator, Dr. L. Philip, IGCS professor Dr. F. Steinbruch, IGCS Alumna Dr. K

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IGCS Seminar “Exploring the Current Issues in Sustainable Energy”

A one day seminar on “Exploring the Current Issues in Sustainable Energy” was organized by the Indo-German Center for Sustainability (IGCS) at IIT Madras on June 5, 2014. This coincided with the World Environmental day. Also, IGCS took this opportunity to felicitate Prof. Ajit Kumar Kolar, Energy Area Coordinator, IGCS (and Chairman, Centre for Continuing Education, and Founder- Convener, Energy Forum, IIT Madras) who has retired after an illustrious c

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Official Inauguration of IGCS Research Program for Sustainable Power Engineering

The event took place at the IIT Madras Campus on Friday, 11th of April 2014 at ICSR, Hall II. The newly established IGCS Research Program for Sustainable Power Engineering is a joint initiative of IIT Madras, RWTH Aachen University and Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH as industrial partner. Primary aim of the program is the execution of research projects on equipments and systems for the improvement of energy grids in close cooperation with leading research

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IGCS Kick-off Workshop “Urban Resilience and adaptations to Climate Change”

Kick-off workshop on Monday 17th March, 2014 from 3.00 to 5.30 pm at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), IIT Madras. IGCS will be hosting the field trip of a students’ group of the Faculty of Spatial Planning, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, from 16th March to 2nd April. The students are working on the topic “Urban resilience and adaptation to climate change in Chennai, India”. The projects’ main objective is it t

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IGCS News Item “A Watch on Climate Change”

The Hindu (29/12/2013) reports on latest DST funded IGCS projects.

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IGCS Summer School 2014 : CfA

“Sustainable management of resources – Closing the loop: solid waste and waste water management” (June 16-28, 2014) will be hosted by ISWA, Stuttgart University. More information on IGCS Schools 2014.

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IGCS Energy Symposium

Indian and German scientists convened on Dec 5, 2013 at IGCS. The symposium on “Future Sustainable Energy Systems: Indian and German Perspectives” was devoted to identify research of common interest for both countries in the field of energy. A total of seven presentations and a poster competition covered a wide spectrum of energy-related topics of both technical and economic nature, e.g. CO² sequestration, coal technologies, solar technologies

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IGCS Winter School 2014

The IGCS Winter School 2014 “Sustainability in Theory and Practice – Exploring sustainable development” will take place from March 3 – 16 in Chennai. Deadline extended for Indian Students: 15 Jan 2014. More details you may find below.           Winter School 2014 Sustainability in Theory and Practice – Exploring sustainable development 3rd March to 16th March 2014 Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Che

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Conference on Climate Change in Cooperation with IGCS

The Fourth National Research Conference on Climate Change was jointly organized during 26th to 27th Oct 2013 by IGCS, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi under the banner of Indian Climate Research Network (ICRN). The conference was inaugurated by Prof M.S. Swaminathan, Founder and Chairman, MS Swaminathan Research Foundat

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IGCS Summer School 2013 in Aachen, Germany

RWTH Aachen University´s IGCS Summer School 2013 came to a sucessful end on 14 July 2013. More information on Summer School …

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Invitation to submit Research Proposal

Invitation to submit Research Proposal by the IITM Faculty under the DST funded Project! More information …

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Job Offers | Long-term Professorships

There are three new job offers advertised at the IGCS for long-term professorships at IIT Madras in the area of energy and water management and waste management respectively.

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IGCS Summer School 2013

The next IGCS Summer School 2013 “Sustainable development of future urban environments – integrated approaches for waste and water management” will take place from 2nd to 13th of July in Aachen, Germany. Deadline (for German students) extended! More details you may find  here.

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Job Offer | Longterm Professorship at IGCS Water- and Waste Management

There are two new jobs advertised at the IGCS for Long-term Professorships at IIT Madras in the fields of water and waste management, respectively. The application deadline has been extended to the 15th of Februrary 2013. Please download the files under the category JOBS for more information.              

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IGCS Winter School

Growth and Sustainability in a highly dynamic city – Exploring the urban development in Southern Chennai The second IGCS Winter School is ready for your applications! The winter school will take place in Chennai from 24th February to 10th March 2013. There will be interesting lectures and teamwork on the subject of urban sustainability. Please download the Flyer for all relevant information.      

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2013 IGCS Winter School

Preparation for the 2nd Winter School at the beginning of next year in Chennai is well advanced!  The topic will be: Growth and Sustainability in a highly dynamic city –  Exploring the urban development in Southern Chennai A flyer will be published in a short while.

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Symposium at IIT Madras

The Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN) is a voluntary group involved in sea turtle conservation and environment education work, along the Chennai coast, since 1988. In order to celebrate its 25th year of conservation effort, SSTCN is holding a two day symposium on the 28th and 29th of September, 2012. The symposium is being co-hosted by the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability, IIT Madras and will be held in IITM premises. The theme of t

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New IGCS Professor to join

Dr. Christopher Martius, ZEF Bonn, will be joining the IGCS team at the beginning of September when he will commence a visiting professorship at IIT Madras. Dr. Martius will be working on the topic of Rural Development and Land Use.  Additional information about his research interests and past publications can be found under the category “Alumni”.

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IGCS Summer School 2012 at TU Berlin

BERLIN, Jul. 17—After nine days of intense discussion and project work on the grounds of the EUREF Campus, the 2012 Summer School has wrapped!  Entitled “Meeting the Challenges of Advanced Energy Systems for the Future,” the program included presentations by faculty and field experts from a variety of disciplines.  Topics encountered during the Summer School addressed a range of material; whether analyzing Energy Policy or gaining insight into Was

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IGCS Bulletin No 3, 2012

The new IGCS Bulletin Vol. 3, 2012 has been published just now!

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IGCS Bulletin No 2, 2012

As of now, the second IGCS Bulletin is available. It contains information on the first IGCS Winterschool as well as research efforts and IGCS news.    

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First IGCS Winter School 2012

In Februrary / March of this year, the first IGCS winterschool will take place at IITM in Chennai. 10 Indian and 10 German students have been choosen to attend the programm. Its focus are sustainability issues with respect to the fours IGCS areas land use / rural delvelopment, water and waste management and energy. Lectures will be held by both German and Indian professors. Please find more information at SCHOOLS.        

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IGCS Professors teach at IITM Indo-German Summer School 2012

Prof.  N. Fohrer, IGCS Water Area Coordinator and Prof. P. Fiener, Visiting Professor of the IGCS at IITM, actively participate in the Indo-German Summer School. The School focusses on “Integrated Water Ressources Management in Rural Areas” and is organized by the Department of Hydrology and Water Ressources Management the University of Kiel (Germany) in cooperation with IITM (India). The event will take place from the 13th August until the 3

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New IGCS Long-term Professor in the area of Sustainable Energy

From the beginning of 2012 a new staff member will commence at the IGCS. Mrs. S. Petrak will be the longterm Professor in the field of “energy” focussing on the identification of suitable solar energy scenarios. She will cooperate with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IITM.  

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Two German Long-term Professors commence at IGCS

From the beginning of June 2011, Prof. Dr. K. Steger and Prof. Dr. P. Fiener started to implement the first steps on “sustainable ground” at the IGCS. As part of the IITM faculty at the Civil Engineering Departement, their research will focus on waste and water issues. Furthermore they will be teaching for the next semesters at IITM. Please obtain further information about their academic career under the category for “Alumni” with

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Articles about the opening of the IGCS published in “The Hindu”

Please read “Germany urged to take up research on sustainability” (from Dec. 7th 2010) and “Germany, for cutting-edge research” (from Dec. 6th 2010)  

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“Aachener Nachrichten” News (in German) | IGCS opening

siehe auch Beitrag im IdW                              

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German Parliamentary State Secretary attends IGCS opening

Mr Thomas Rachel, the German Parliamentary State Secretary, travels to Chennai to officially open the IGCS in December 2010. Read more ….

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IGCS Opening

The IGCS has officially been inaugurated on the 6th of December 2010. The opening took place at the IIT Madras. Both, the reknown scientist M.S. Swaminathan and M.S. Ananth, Director, IIT-Madras emphasized the history of successful cooperation between India and Germany. Picture: Prof. Ananth (Former Rector, IITM), Mr. T. Rachel (German Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research), M S Swaminathan (Founder of MSSRF), Mr.

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