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IGCS Podcast Launches

IGCS is proud to present its new installment to our media center- The IGCS Podcast.

The first season of the podcast provides insights into interdisciplinary training, teaching, exchange, and research in the area of sustainable development. We provide expert views and insights from our experts and professionals on their views concerning different barriers to sustainability and how IGCS is working to overcome challenges and the success stories so far.

Our first episode of the podcast is now out and we asked Prof. Nicola Fohrer and Prof. S.A. Sannasiraj about the challenges of managing coastal and inland water systems.

Please follow the link below for more information:

IITM Research Initiatives Spotlight (IRIS) Launches New Webinar Series

IITM Research Initiatives Spotlight (IRIS), the new series launched by IIT Madras, will be hosting the third webinar on Circular Economy Technology Cluster.

The webinar will start at 05:30 PM (IST) on 13th July 2021.

Link to Register:

Prof. Ligy Philip, Dean Planning, and Prof. B.S. Murty, Institute Chair Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering from #IITMadras, will be addressing Water and Sustainability from 05:30 P.M. (IST) onwards with Prof. Nicola Fohrer, Director, Insititute of Natural Resource Conservation, Dept. of Hydrology & Water Resources Mgmt, University of Kiel, Germany as the moderator. The overreaching aim of this research initiative is to solve challenging problems in water management using the framework of a circular economy in order to achieve sustainability and water security in the backdrop of rapidly developing economies and impending climate change.

Prof. Manu Santhanam, HOD, Prof. Ravindra Gettu, Dean IC&SR, Prof. Benny Raphael, Prof. Ashwin Mahalingam, Dept. of Civil Engineering, will be addressing Low Carbon Lean Construction Technologies from 06:15 P.M. (IST) onwards with Prof. Mark Alexander, Emeritus Profesor, Civil Engineering, Senior Research Scholar, the University of Cape Town as the moderator. The aim of this initiative is to develop innovative low-carbon, lean construction technologies for minimizing waste throughout the construction value-chain, and lead solution implementation across organizational, and policy levels.

For more information, follow IIT Madras on their Facebook page:

German-Indian Higher Education Dialogue

6th July 2021. Tuesday. 11.00 AM – 12.30 PM CET (2.30 PM -4.00 PM IST)

German Varsity in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indo Euro Synchronization is organizing a unique virtual event: ” Germany- India Dialogue on Higher Education” in order to address the need of the hour topics of Higher Education between India and Germany.

The event aims to bring policymakers, decision-makers from academia & industry from both countries to share best practices under the current circumstances and to encourage bilateral relations in the Higher education, Science, and technology sectors in the near future.


This is an opportune moment to celebrate our 70th year of Indo-German diplomatic relations, and adopting the new normal in order to achieve quality higher education practices between India and Germany.
This event will be very fruitful for Higher Education institutions, policymakers, education enthusiasts, and students across both countries.
Please register by clicking the following link to block your seat:


Event Number: 156 672 0506
Event Password: tvV8JmcY3v4
Video Address:

In the case of questions, please feel free to write us at or or look into

IGCS Postdoc Dr. Christoph Woiwode organizes Covid-19 Emergency Relief in Chennai

We are currently facing unprecedented suffering, pain, and loss in many parts of India across innumerable hospitals and in people’s homes. What goes rather unnoticed at the moment is the impact on food and nutrition, especially for the deprived communities such as the shelterless, slum dwellers, migrant workers, and, of course, children. This is even aggravated when families have lost their main breadwinner.

IGCS Postdoc Dr. Christoph Woiwode has initiated an emergency relief for such communities in Chennai and other parts of India. This is an initiative leveraging personal contacts through well-established connections to several organizations on the ground to ensure money is used sensibly and for its intended purpose.

Dr. Woiwode has been in touch with the Information and Research Centre for Deprived Urban Communities (IRCDUC), a local organization in Chennai, for the past two years which works for the rights of the slum, squatter, and shelterless people. This is an NGO that is rooted in the slums and highly committed. Last year he also initiated an in-kind collection of toys, books, stationery, and clothes for children of a huge slum resettlement housing complex near his home.

Commenting on his initiative, Dr. Woiwode says: ” The second wave in India is even more devastating for the poor who have not been able to recover from last year’s impacts. Only recently I again received a call for donations from them.” (images below)


Dr. Woiwode is now organizing an international call for support to these and other deprived people such as migrants, shelterless, and slum dwellers in Chennai.

“At this stage, we intend to provide immediate emergency relief (food and other daily needs). I will be personally involved in the execution and implementation of the emergency activities with IRCDUC to ensure funds reach the intended beneficiaries,” he says.

Beyond this, his team is planning two additional, more mid-term activities. First, to use the donations to set up a Livelihoods Relief Fund to provide seed funding for small self-employed enterprises to get back into business whenever possible, or to establish a new income-generating activity. Second, develop a mid-term food strategy. He says, “Food insecurity, shortages, and malnutrition have dramatically increased as people lost their already precarious, informal, employment. This is directed to move from immediate relief to mid-/long-term food security.”

If you wish to support the cause through financial donations please refer to the bank details below. This is a personal call and not made via a large organization. Hence donations are based on trust and can be done to Dr. Christoph Woiwode’s personal accounts. To be updated and informed about the ongoing work after making donations, you can kindly drop an email to

Bank Details:

Please state purpose: CHENNAI COVID-19 RELIEF


(Note: German and EU tax law does generally not allow for tax reclamation of donations to organizations in countries like the USA, Canada, and African, Latin American and Asian countries)

For international, secure transactions especially from outside the EU or from EU countries directly into the Indian account, it is recommend using

Read more on Dr. Woiwode’s work published by Indien Aktuell

Call for Abstracts – NatRiskChange conference – Co-PREPARE participation

Research Training Group NatRiskChange at the University of Potsdam is organizing a second International Conference on Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World 5-6 October 2021.

Sharing the same goal COPREAPRE as one of the partners encourages the contribution and participation of the IIT Roorkee and the COPRPEPARE team. We would be happy to financially support the participation of research students, PhDs, postdocs, and faculty in a limited capacity.

Abstract submission deadline is 15 May 2021.

International Workshop on Coastal Information System Management And Engineering

The Department of Ocean Engineering (DOE), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India are hosting a virtual workshop

Day: 6th May 202

Time: 9:30 to 17:30 IST / 6:00 to 14:00 CET

For more information please visit the website:

Registration link is now open:…/1FAIpQLSdKE8UrQu8…/viewform…

Schedule for the program available at:

Link to the workshop will be provided after registration registration.

Symposium: “Tsunami Risk Reduction & Community Resilience

The Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham UNESCO Chairs and Esri India are jointly hosting a Virtual International Symposium titled ‘Tsunami Risk Reduction & Community Resilience’ on December 26, 2020 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. (IST). The symposium aims to reflect on the imprints of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the subsequent impact on the global society, and advances in science and technology to build sustainable and resilient communities. 

The symposium will provide a platform to policy makers, technological innovators, the oceanography industry and researchers to come together and share their insights, as well as throw light on some of the key technological advancements and strategies that help to develop resilient communities across the world. It will address the following key areas, through two main themes.  

Theme 1: Tsunami – Responses & Lessons Learnt

Theme 2: Tsunami – Are we ready for the Future?

Key presentation areas:

  • Case Studies addressing the response of the international fraternity
  • Response, Governance, & Community Resilience Presentation
  • Technological Innovations – Monitoring, Detection and Early Warning Systems

The event will bring forth a detailed report that will summarize the current preparedness that has been developed for Tsunami, and will give an insight into the strategic planning framework that needs to be developed for improving the resilience for the coastal communities across the globe. 

We welcome you to join this endeavour. It would be great if you could pass this information to interested students and other colleagues as well. 

Registration Link :