IGCS Winter School, February 24th to March 7th, 2018 IIT Madras, Chennai

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Power grids across the world are in a transition phase. The need to integrate renewables, spread of power electronics in all types of applications, climate change, communication technologies, use of electric vehicles, and drive to make the system robust with power available to all are major drivers. Power grids therefore are poised to become smarter in order to be able handle all these. This winter school will look at these various aspects of smart grids. With the range of topics that will be discussed including social impact, the Winter School is aimed to provide a truly holistic view about the future growth of power grids.


This Winter School will be a twelve day long program with talks given by experts in the field from Germany and India. Participants will also be required to do a project, in groups, on topics. The period of the school is from 24 Feb 2018 to 7 March 2018. The programme will be residential at IIT Madras. Please click here!

The course is open to German* and Indian Master and Ph.D. Students in academic fields of engineering, environmental and social sciences (specializiation in sustainable development is desirable). The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30 (15 German / 15 Indian).

*Foreigners studying at German universities may apply if they fit into the following category of DAAD: Please check DAAD-Website: https://www.daad.de/ausland/studieren/bewerbung/de/59-bewerbung-um-ein-s...


Interested students may apply with the following: (1) a cover letter with residential contact details, a description of the applicant’s scientific interests and motivation for attending the course, (2) academic CV, (3) a letter of recommendation from (For Indian Students): Supervisor or Head of Department and (for German Students) from: from Professor or Supervisor (4) Copy of Passport (only for German Students).

Application and enclosures should be sent in one single PDF file by e-mail to

ee16s068[at]ee.iitm.ac.in (Indian Students) until 15 January 2018.

azzam[at]igcs-chennai.org (German Students) until 15 December 2017.

DEADLINE for German students extended until December 31, 2017!

Applications received after this date will not be considered. A confirmation mail will sent to the applicants immediately. If the applicant does not receive a confirmation mail he needs to inquire immediately. EU-citizens are eligble if they are studying at a German Higher Education Institution.

Evaluation of applications and admission
Applications will be evaluated by the organizers. Accepted applicants will be informed by e-mail by mid beginning of January 2018. German students please address their queries to Prof R. Azzam azzam[at]igcs-chennai.org


The IGCS – including the schools – is  funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and IIT Madras. German participants of the Winter School 2018 receive a travel grant (1075 EUR) and lump sum for living costs. 15 Indian Students chosen by the Selection Committee will be reimbursed to and fro 2nd Class AC fare by the shortest route from their respective present address (Institute/College/University) to Chennai, after registering/reporting for IGCS Winter School 2018. The accommodation and local hospitality will also be provided at the IIT Madras campus.

The selected students will be accomodated in the Taramani Guest House, IIT Madras Campus (Two per room).


The resource personnel for the Summer School includes Faculty of IIT Madras, renown German Guest Professors from TU Dresden, TU Berlin, as well as representatives/experts from Industry.

Work Groups
Participants will work in groups of up to 4-5 members to develop small research projects, prepare reports on their findings and present them to the supervisors for discussion.

Topics to explore
Possible topics by the workgroups will be announced soon.

For all course related matters please enquire by e-mail to Mr Shrinath Kannan:  ee16s068[at]ee.iitm.ac.in

IGCS Centre Coordinators
Prof. Dr. B.S. Murty, Civil Engineering Department, IIT Madras
Prof. Dr. Rafig Azzam, Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen University

IGCS Area Coordinators Energy
Prof. Dr. Krishna Vasudevan, Electrical Engineering Dept., IIT Madras
Prof. Dr. Frank Behrendt, TU Berlin

IGCS Staff
N. N., Senior Project Advisor, IIT Madras
N.N., IGCS Project Manager, RWTH Aachen University