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Dr. Christoph Woiwode joins the new Centre on Water & Sustainability at IIT Madras

Dr. Christoph Woiwode, Resident Visiting Faculty in the IGCS Landuse Area at IIT Madras, is now a part of a consortium of ten faculty members establishing an interdisciplinary Research Centre at IIT Madras in “Water and Sustainability.”

In its initial phase of three years, the starting financial endowment of the center will be close to 600,000 Euros for the establishment of its research program with a focus on achieving water, carbon, and nutrient circularity in urbanizing transformations. Dr. Woiwode will be co-leading with Prof Chella Rajan on the socio-political component of water and land-use governance to provide research about the water-food-energy nexus.

A core methodological design approach of the center is applying a transdisciplinary research design within the framework of real-world/living labs to produce solution-oriented and relevant outcomes toward sustainable and climate-resilient urban agglomerations in the Global South. This builds on previous research carried out on periurbanization in Chennai.

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Sustainability and Waste Management of The RWTH India Alumni Insights Event Series

The RWTH Alumni Team cordially invite you to participate in the next session on sustainability and waste management of the RWTH India Alumni Insights event series!

Mr Anil Gokarn will talk about his private journey at the RWTH Aachen University and after, as well as the opportunities and challenges in waste management. You can find more information in the flyer below.

When: Friday, February 10th, 2023, 2pm–3pm CET // 6:30pm–7:30pm IST.

Where: Zoom. The link to the event will be sent to the registered persons shortly before.

Registration up to and including February 8th, 2023

The RWTH India Alumni Insights series cooperates with the RWTH International Office, the Liaison Office New Delhi and the RWTH Alumni team.

Leibniz Universität Hannover is IGCS new Partner University

We welcome Leibniz Universität Hannover as our new partner university at the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS). We are excited to have PD Dr.-Ing. habil Dirk Weichgrebe from the department of Sanitary Engineering and Waste Management, who is joining our team as the new IGCS Area Coordinator for the Focus Area of Waste Management. We look forward to the valuable contributions and collaborations our new members will bring to the IGCS family. Let’s work together to achieve meaningful and sustainable outcomes.

IGCS is hiring Research Associate in the field of sustainability and circular economy

The Institute of Sanitary Engineering and Solid Waste Management (ISAH), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, invites applications for the position of a

Research Associate (PostDoc, m/f/d) in the field of sustainability and circular economy

(Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 100 %)

to be filled as soon as possible. The position is limited until December 31st, 2024. The scope of the position corresponds to 100 % of the collectively agreed working hours.


In 2010, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) and several German universities jointly established the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS), located on the IITM campus in Chennai, as a platform for international academic exchange and interdisciplinary research collaboration on major sustainable development issues. In Germany, the IGCS activities are supported by the ‘TU9’ group of Technical Universities (led by RWTH Aachen University) and Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel. Focus areas of sustainability education and research related to water (Kiel Univ.), waste (TU Hannover), land use and rural/ urban development (RWTH Aachen Univ.), as well as energy (TU Berlin).

The IGCS is part of the initiative “A New Passage to India” by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It receives funding from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) via DAAD and the Dept. of Science and Technology, Government of India. Since its inception, the IGCS has offered short-term Winter/ Summer Schools on various sustainability topics, workshop participation, and short- and long-term research stays to students and researchers from India and Germany at IGCS Chennai or the German partner universities. German and IITM academic staff closely collaborate both in teaching and research.

In the research field of Waste Management and Circular Economy at ISAH, research and networking activities between India and Germany on the topic of recycling management and resource conservation are to be further developed. This includes a stay of several months each year at IIT Madras. Thereby, under consideration of already existing research fields, the following priorities should be set:

  • Greenhouse gas reduction through pyrolytic processing of organic municipal waste
  • Development and implementation of cross-sectoral circular economy measures in the water-food-energy-waste nexus
  • Sustainable recovery and recycling processes of post-consumer plastics

Furthermore, a key task is networking with partner institutions, which includes state agencies, industries and civil society organisations in India and Germany, as well as consolidating existing networks within the IGCS and promoting research and teaching cooperation. This includes my own teaching activities at the IIT Madras and LUH. Additionally, the objective is to form a close interaction with the other IGCS core areas.

Working field

You should conduct research projects and teaching together with IGCS colleagues in different formats as well as individually (e.g. lectures at IITM and your home university in Germany, create content for workshops, teach and supervise Summer and Winter School students). With the support of the Indian and German project coordinators, you will actively contribute to organizing events. Furthermore, you will be a point of contact for exchange students and scientists, who are planning their stay in Chennai or in Germany. The majority of your work time you are required to spend at the IGCS office at IITM in Chennai, at least six of twelve months. You will be able to solicit research grants in Germany (e.g. DFG, industry) and collaborate with IGCS’ area coordinators in Indian research projects, engage in IGCS activities and support in teaching.


  • Completed university degree (M.Sc.; M.Tech.) in civil and environmental engineering, process engineering, or cf.
  • Experience in teaching
  • Knowledge of German and English (both fluent)
  • The ability to obtain a work visa in India or Germany


  • Completed doctoral degree and successful publications in one of the above-mentioned sustainable research fields (pyrolysis of organic waste, plastics recycling, circular economy measures)
  • Work-abroad experience and knowledge of the region

You are expected to engage in interdisciplinary research and design your own project ideas and focus areas in India.

The university aims to promote equality between women and men. For this purpose, the university strives to reduce under-representation in areas where a certain gender is under-represented. Women are under-represented in the salary scale of the advertised position. Therefore, qualified women are encouraged to apply. Moreover, we welcome applications from qualified men. Preference will be given to equally-qualified applicants with disabilities.

Please send your application with the usual documents in German by January 2nd, 2023, in the electronic form to


Or alternatively by post to:
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institute for Urban Water Management and Waste Engineering
PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Dirk Weichgrebe
Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover

For reasons of cost, application documents will not be returned. Please submit copies only. Information on the collection of personal data according to article 13 GDPR can be found at

Dr Christoph Woiwode attended the International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference

Last week, Dr. Christoph Woiwode attended the International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference. Christoph participated on Nov 21 in

Session 2: Track 1: Conference track: Sustainability Transitions in a Global Context | Dialogue session 202: Consolidating new research on transitions in the Global South (5:15pm – 6:45pm);

The recording can be found here:

And presented a paper on Nov 22 in

Session 3: Track 4 : Governing transitions  (2:30pm – 4:00pm)

The link to paper presentation in IGCS websiteThe link to the paper on IGCS website

You can access the two files here:

Energy Finance Conference India- 2022 in IITM

The Center for Financial Accountability, Indo-German Center for Sustainability at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Climate Trends opens an invitation to participate in the upcoming fourth Energy Finance Conference – 2022 (EFCI).

The conference is held against the backdrop of rapid changes in the energy sector we are witnessing post the pandemic, be it at the policy level, financing models or RE commitments.EFCI, in all its earlier editions in 2019, 2020 and 2021, has been an explorative exercise to understand and deliberate on some of the critical outstanding energy debates with far-reaching implications for people, markets and the environment. The ongoing energy transition, mainly defined by the choices of states to shift towards clean energy, has significantly boosted the development of renewable energy technology in India and abroad.

At a time when renewable energy is touted as the next best alternative to coal, the Indo-German Center for Sustainability at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the Center for Financial Accountability, along with Climate Trends, felt the need to analyze the progress of this transition critically.

Information Flyer for the upcoming Energy Finance Conference India event

Topics for this year include Understanding the Energy Landscape in India, Public and private players in the energy sector, Financing models in the energy sector, Challenges in the ESG framework, Hydrogen, Storage, 2nd / 3rd generation biofuels as game changers and others.

The mode of the conference will be hybrid, as the conference will be held on December 6-7, 2022 at IIT-Madras, Chennai.

For more about the previous conferences, please visit their website.

Link to their promotional video and concept note at  EFCI 2022

For registrations, please visit

Details of the sessions will be shared with the registered participants.

IGCS participates in K-Show in Düsseldorf

This week the IGCS Project coordinators visited the K-Show in Düsseldorf, Germany. The K-Show is the World’s biggest trade fair for plastics and rubber. Focus topics were Circular Economy, Digitalisation and Climate Protection.

IGCS emphasises the importance of collaborations with industries to address sustainability through joint initiatives. It was beautiful to engage with companies from India and Germany on a mission towards #Sustainability & #circulareconomy.

Lisa Van Aalst, IGCS Project Coordinator, Visits Chennai India

The IGCS team in Germany had the opportunity to visit IIT Madras in Chennai last month, where they were engaged in research and exchange teaching programs. Lisa Van Aalst, IGCS Project Coordinator at RWTH Aachen University, shares their experience in Chennai:

IGCS Team in Chennai
IGCS Team in Chennai

After more than two years of working remotely, I finally had the chance to visit the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras campus, on a project management visit with the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS).

Together with the IGCS Postdocs Christoph WoiwodeDaniel Rosado, and Khulud Alsouleman, we have had fruitful meetings strategizing on joint research projects addressing the Urban Water-Food-Energy-Waste Nexus in the Perumbakkam resettlement area as well as introducing hybrid teaching modules at IIT Madras in the field of sustainability.

Besides finally meeting face-to-face with our IGCS colleagues, we have also had the chance to interact with new faces and met our wonderful colleagues from DAAD India to discuss scholarship opportunities for Indian students and researchers.

In New Delhi, I had the chance to meet with RWTH Head India Office Benjamin Pfrang. Together with the Goethe Institut Indien and the German Embassy in New Delhi, we attended the inauguration of the Mayoor Public School Noida as a PASCH school. This initiative connects more than 2,000 schools worldwide where the German language is particularly important.

Do you want to conduct your research with IGCS and our focus areas? We offer research grants to students interested in the field of sustainability. Visit our Grants page for more information.

Dr. Khulud Alsouleman, IGCS Post-doc, Visits Chennai India

The IGCS team in Germany had the opportunity to visit IIT Madras in Chennai last month, where they were engaged in research and exchange teaching programs. Dr. Khulud Alsouleman, IGCS post-doc in the area of Sustainable Use and Management of Energy and from the Technical University Berlin, shares the premise of their work in Chennai:


“It was an enriching experience to be close to the students in IITM, to deliver and discuss some important topics In Biomass conversion technologies. During my stay at IITM, I conducted some laboratory analysis in the chemical engineering department related to an initial project idea with Prof. Vinu (waste management Indian coordinator), to enhance the research cooperation not only between the Indian and German partners, but also between the IGCS areas.”

Do you want to conduct your research with IGCS and our focus areas? We offer research grants to students interested in the field of sustainability. Visit our Grants page for more information.