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.

News

IGCS Team Participates In 1st Aachen Aktionstag Nachhaltigkeit

The IGCS Team led by Dr Anna Uffmann participated in the 1st Aachen Aktionstag Nachhaltigkeit (Sustainability Action Day) on Friday, June 17th, 2022, under the motto “Wir in Aachen – Gemeinsam auf dem Weg!” or “We in Aachen – Together on the way”. The program invited diverse participants to exchange ideas and concepts on Sustainability.

IGCS-motan Virtual Workshop 2021’s Winning Idea

IGCS-motan Workshop 2021’s working group no. 3 represented by Marwa Madarani (University of Stuttgart), Shakunthala Natarajan (IIT Madras), Rajkumar Sahoo (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Linus Uzoewulu (Keil University) presented their winning idea titled ‘Alternatives to Single-use Plastics (SUP) – Using Plastics Properly.’

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.

Announcements

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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July 4th
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Prof Indumathi from the department of Civil and Environmental engineering at IIT Madras visited RWTH Aachen on 20th and 21st of June together with her Postdoc and PhD student. They work in an ongoing IGSTC project with Prof. Wessling and will stay for one month in Aachen. Prof. Indumathi is specialist in understanding groundwater contamination and developing technologies for remediation involving hydrocarbon and solvent spills, agricultural residues and heavy metals. She has been actively involved in several IGCS projects in the past and has teached in several IGCS Summer- and Winter schools. Prof. Reicherter and Prof. Indumathi discussed her recent research in her lab on monitoring water bodies and water treatment plants in Chennai and developing detection and removal technologies of pollutants and microplastics.

Prof Indumathi from the department of Civil and Environmental engineering at IIT Madras visited RWTH Aachen on 20th and 21st of June together with her Postdoc and PhD student. They work in an ongoing IGSTC project with Prof. Wessling and will stay for one month in Aachen. Prof. Indumathi is specialist in understanding groundwater contamination and developing technologies for remediation involving hydrocarbon and solvent spills, agricultural residues and heavy metals. She has been actively involved in several IGCS projects in the past and has teached in several IGCS Summer- and Winter schools. Prof. Reicherter and Prof. Indumathi discussed her recent research in her lab on monitoring water bodies and water treatment plants in Chennai and developing detection and removal technologies of pollutants and microplastics. ... See MoreSee Less

June 9th
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On June 3rd 2022, the first India Day - Networks and Opportunities took place at RWTH Aachen University. The day started with welcome words and an introduction into the importance of Indo-German cooperation at RWTH Aachen by Vice-Rector for International Affairs Professor Habel Ute and Rectors Delegate to India Professor Klaus Reicherter.
During the first part of the programm scientific cooperation between RWTH Aachen University and India were disucssed. Professor Thomas Gries, Director of the Institute for Textile Technology at RWTH, shared his experience of his institutes long standing and innovative partnership with India in the textile sector.
Next to that, Ms. Franziska Langer from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) - German Research Foundation provided insights into funding opportunities with India.
Finally, political and economic perspectives on Indo-German relations were discussed and Dr. Batra (Dr. Wamser + Batra) shared his thoughts on the recently conducted Indo-German Intergovernmental consultations.

On June 3rd 2022, the first "India Day - Networks and Opportunities" took place at RWTH Aachen University. The day started with welcome words and an introduction into the importance of Indo-German cooperation at RWTH Aachen by Vice-Rector for International Affairs Professor Habel Ute and Rector's Delegate to India Professor Klaus Reicherter.
During the first part of the programm scientific cooperation between RWTH Aachen University and India were disucssed. Professor Thomas Gries, Director of the Institute for Textile Technology at RWTH, shared his experience of his institute's long standing and innovative partnership with India in the textile sector.
Next to that, Ms. Franziska Langer from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) - German Research Foundation provided insights into funding opportunities with India.
Finally, political and economic perspectives on Indo-German relations were discussed and Dr. Batra (Dr. Wamser + Batra) shared his thoughts on the recently conducted Indo-German Intergovernmental consultations.
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