5 June 2018

Ten years of Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposia

Indian and German researchers discuss the latest technologies and their applications at the 10th Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in Potsdam. In addition, a new cooperation will get underway with the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre with the aim of promoting long-term contacts.

Will new mobility concepts be capable of preventing total gridlock in megacities? How will future societies deal with robots becoming important figures of emotional attachment? These and many other issues were the subject of debate among 60 Indian and German researchers at the Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium held in Potsdam from 24 to 27 May 2018. This year's meeting marked the 10th anniversary of the programme, which is organised for outstanding junior researchers from the two countries by the Humboldt Foundation in collaboration with the Indian Department of Science and Technology.

Participants at the 10th Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
Participants of the 10th Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Matthias Hergenhan) 

Symposia focusing on global challenges

Since the conference series began, more than 500 scientists have been invited to get together to discuss research issues, engage in constructive debate and come up with potential solutions. The focus has been on global challenges such as sustainable energy and water supply or the future of agriculture and urban planning. In order to ensure this dialogue is not limited to the conference itself, the Humboldt Foundation also runs the CONNECT programme, which promotes permanent networking as well as collaborative Indo-German ventures.

From left to right: Conference Co-Chair Kantesh Balani (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur), Chadaram Sivaji (Department Of Science & Technology), Conference Co-Chair Marcel Weil (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Programme Director Katja Hartmann (Humboldt Foundation), Martin Goller (BMBF), Mr. Rajachandran Madhan (Indian Embassy Berlin).
From left to right: Conference Co-Chair Kantesh Balani (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur), Chadaram Sivaji (Department Of Science & Technology), Conference Co-Chair Marcel Weil (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Programme Director Katja Hartmann (Humboldt Foundation), Martin Goller (BMBF), Mr. Rajachandran Madhan (Indian Embassy Berlin) (Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Matthias Hergenhan) 

Indo-German Science and Technology Centre promotes networking

To mark the 10th anniversary of the conference series, the Humboldt Foundation has now agreed on a cooperation with the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC). IGSTC director Roshan Paul and the Deputy Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation Thomas Hesse signed a statement in which the IGSTC officially agreed to cover the travel expenses of successful CONNECT applicants from India and Germany.

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