Source: Jean Ferox; Anna Uffmann; Anju Peter; Piero Bellanova; IIT Madras; Panjak Kumar; Kishor Bathi; Jacqueline Duwe

Who we are

The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) conducts research on current sustainability challenges and disseminates the knowledge thus generated. In order to achieve that, IGCS offers funding opportunities for individual research exchange between junior and senior researchers from both Germany and India. Another focus of IGCS is knowledge transfer through Summer and Winter Schools carried out in both countries. IGCS premises are located at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai, India.

India and Germany are committed to promote and implement sustainability. The essence of sustainability is a stable relationship between human activities and the natural world. There is an evident need for further, coherent reform towards full integration of sustainability and environmental concerns in mainstream socio-techno-economic development, especially in securing and protecting our resources such as water and energy, and in infrastructure development considering land use and waste management.

With its vast network of scientists and practitioners and its activities, IGCS is a source of inspiration and skills, conceptual models and standards, as well as best-practice examples for proactive transformation. It offers highly esteemed human capital and solutions for various global challenges affecting India, Germany and other countries.


IGCS conducts a workshop on Agroecology: Exploring Food System Transformation in the Chennai Region

As a result of our research in the Peri-Cene project and the Indo-German Dialogues on Green Urban Practices, we conducted a Workshop on “Agroecology: Exploring Food System Transformation in the Chennai Region” on Friday 26th August.

Alumni Vlog Post on IGCS Summer School 2022

IGCS is exhilarated to share our recent vlog post from our Alumni about their experiences during our recent Summer School at RWTH Aachen University.

Announcement IGCS-motan Workshop 2022

Our #sustainabilitychallenge: ‘Reduce | Re-Use | Recycle | Recover – Strategies Towards a Sustainable Plastics Industry: Rethinking the Future of Plastics’ and make a difference – shape the future with your innovative and sustainable ideas. 


IGCS Summer School 2022

Interested students may apply through the 2022 Application Form. The link is open from 01.04.2022 – 30.04.2022, 7 PM CET/11:30 PM IST.

Launch of the documentary on ‘Chennai – A Global South Metropolis in the Peri-Cene

As the human population increases, so does the pressure for urbanization…. Around the world, metropolitan regions are haphazardly “sprawling” past their effective borders and into the sub-optimal peri-urban areas. The planet has entered the ‘Peri-cene’ phase – a new global human-environment system shaped by peri-urbanization.

Sustainability in Education: The Case of Katchipedu, Chennai

The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) conducts research on current sustainability challenges and disseminates the knowledge generated. Infact their work at Katchipdu community near Chennai in Tamil Nadu focuses on environmental protection regarding water resources, energy, land use, rural development and waste management, and aims to develop the capacity and capability to promote sustainable development.
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September 23rd

Are you constantly thinking up new ideas on how we can sustainably change how we work and live with plastic?

The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability @IGCS invites Indian and German students to their IGCS-motan virtual workshop in December. Take part in the #SustainabilityChallenge and rethink the future of plastic. Apply with your innovative idea by October 31st and meet like-minded people at the two-day workshop, connect with students from India and Germany, and get the opportunity to win funding to develop your idea further!

You can find more information on the event here: ➡
And hand in your application here: ➡
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September 6th
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Have a look at this amazing video made by our Summer School participant Jaffar, sharing his experience in participating in our two-week-long intercultural event.

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#India #Germany #StudentExchange #Interdisciplinary #Sustainability #Environment #ClimateSchool
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September 1st

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