The Faces behind Indo-German Centre for Sustainability

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen University lead Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) activities with active support from the German Universities of Technology (TU9) and Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU Kiel). Various actors from these universities, as well as representatives from ministries and funding organizations, coordinate the centre’s activities.

Advisory Board

IGCS is headed by an Indian co-chair from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras: the Director of IIT Madras, and a German co-chair from RWTH Aachen University: The Rector of RWTH Aachen. Together with two centre coordinators from IIT Madras and RWTH Aachen, high functionaries of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Indian Department for Science and Technology (DST), and the industry partner Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen (MR), the director and rector of each university meet yearly to discuss the centre’s development.
Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. mult.

Ulrich Rüdiger

Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Director of IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Professor

Kamakoti Veezhinathan

Director of IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Steering Committee

The centre’s activities are facilitated through the IGCS Steering Committee. Twice a year, the centre coordinators meet the professors who oversee the four IGCS Focus Areas: Water, Energy, Waste and Land Use / Rural and Urban Development. Aside from IIT Madras and RWTH Aachen University, significant contributions come from TU9 and CAU Kiel. Partners from DAAD, DST and MR, and IGCS staff join these meetings.
Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Professor

Dr Klaus Reicherter

German Centre Coordinator

Director of IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Professor

Dr Krishna Vasudevan

Indian Centre Coordinator

Focus Area Teams

IGCS works in Sustainable Usage and Management of Energy, Land Use / Rural and Urban Development, Water Resources Management, and Sustainable Waste Management. IGCS relates these topics to climate change and the changes and threats associated with it, such as sea-level rise, extreme weather and measures for coastal protection. It also considers forthcoming societal challenges and threats caused by population growth and mobility.

Sustainable Usage and Management of Energy

Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Professor

Dr Frank Behrendt

Area Coordinator for Focus Area Energy

Technische Universität Berlin, Energy Process Technologies and Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies


Director of IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Professor

Dr Krishna Vasudevan

Area Coordinator for Focus Area Energy

IIT Madras, Department of Electrical Engineering


Land Use / Rural and Urban Development

Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Professor

Dr Martina Fromhold-Eisebith

Area Coordinator for Focus Area Land Use / Rural and Urban Development

RWTH Aachen University, Economic Geography


Director of IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Professor

Dr Ashwin Mahalingam

Area Coordinator for Focus Area Land Use / Rural and Urban Development

IIT Madras, Department of Civil Engineering


Water Resources Management

Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Professor

Dr Nicola Fohrer

Area Coordinator for Focus Area Water Management

Kiel University, Hydrology and Water Resources Management


Director of IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Professor

Dr S.A. Sannasiraj

Area Coordinator for Focus Area Water Management

IT Madras, Department of Ocean Engineering


Sustainable Waste Management

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PD Dr.-Ing. habil.

Dirk Weichgrebe

Area Coordinator for Focus Area Waste Management

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institute of Sanitary Engineering and Solid Waste Management


Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Professor

Dr R. Vinu

Area Coordinator for Focus Area Waste Management

IIT Madras, Department of Chemical Engineering


Other Steering Committee Members

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Dr Uwe Kaltenborn

Director Business Development

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IGCS Postdocs

From 2019 on, four Postdoc researchers with different backgrounds are installed at IGCS. They work at their German home university and the IGCS office at IIT Madras for up to six months a year. The Postdocs engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching at IIT Madras and contribute significantly to the IGCS outcomes. Thus, the IGCS-Postdocs translate the agenda items of the IGCS focus areas into action, carrying out Indo-German teaching and research forward.

Sustainable Usage and Management of Energy

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IGCS-Postdoc Energy and Visiting Faculty at IIT Madras

Dr Khulud Alsouleman

Technical University Berlin, Institute of Energy Technology

Land Use / Rural and Urban Development

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IGCS-Postdoc Land Use, Urban and Regional Development Visiting Faculty at IIT Madras

Dr Christoph Woiwode

RWTH Aachen University, Economic Geography

Water Resources Management

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IGCS-Postdoc Water Management and Visiting Faculty at IIT Madras

Dr Daniel Rosado

Kiel University, Hydrology and Water Resources Management

Sustainable Waste Management

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IGCS-Postdoc Waste Management and Visiting Faculty at IIT Madras

Dr Gabriela Garcés Sánchez

University of Stuttgart, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management

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