The € 25,000 prize for university communication 2017 goes to the University of Cologne. 
This year, the prize was issued on the subject of "Knowledge for the Society: Presenting Higher Education Research". Universities pursue research on diverse, socially discussed topics. This is connected with the task of communicating with the various concerned and interested groups, feeding the results into the ongoing discussions by suitable means, and enabling people to participate in the social discourse in a qualified way. Faced with an increasing shift away from differentiated, fact-based disputes, the universities face growing challenges.

Prof Peter W. Marx is a German Theatre and Performace Studies Scholar. He holds the Chair of Theatre and Media Studies at the University pf Cologne where he functions also the director of its Theaterwissenschaftliche Sammlung. Prof Marx is recognized for his research on metropolitan culture at the beginning of the 20th century as well as on Max Reinhardt with an emphasis on Cultural Studies. In addition, his work focuses on contemporary theatre and Shakespeare in performance, particularly on “Hamlet“ as a figure of cultural mobility.

He is visiting Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, as a Guest Lecturer from 18-22 September 2017.

Public Talk by Prof Peter Marx:

Organic Electronic (OE) is a cutting-edge research field leading to sustainable products as transparent and flexible solar cells and high-efficient organic LEDs. Both applications are promising technologies to support rural areas with green energy and energy-saving lighting.The aims of this program are :-

 1) to train Indian teachers on OE

 2) to implement this innovative topic into Indian schools and

 3) to increase students’ awareness on sustainability.

The program will take place at TIFR in Mumbai (India) from around 29.11 – 10.12.2017.The project is funded by DAAD & Merck.

Indian Partner: Tata Institue of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Indian Professor: Prof.Dr.Arnab Bhattacharya 

University of Cologne Professor: Jun.-Prof.Dr.Amitabh Banerji

The International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM), located in Hamburg, Germany, offers fellowships to outstanding students interested in interdisciplinary climate research. Our doctoral candidates contribute to the understanding of the Earth system through the application, evaluation and development of a spectrum of Earth system models at different levels of complexity and at various spatial and temporal scales. Emphasizing the physical system, the School encompasses the broader field of Earth sciences, including economics and social sciences. The IMPRS-ESM strives to attract a diversity of talented women and men from all nationalities to research in the Earth system sciences.

Max-Planck-India Mobility Grants (MPIMG) are travel grants by which cooperation between young Indian scientists and Max Planck Institutes is to be initiated. Scientists who are awarded these grants must spend a minimum of one month per year at a Max Planck Institute.

The hosting Max Planck Institute will receive EUR 3,000 per year for four years out of MPG central funds to cover costs for travel, accommodation, per diem and consumables for the Mobility Grant Holder. Qualified, promising Indian postdocs (so-called "young faculty" in India) are eligible to be nominated for the Max Planck India Mobility Grants by a director of a Max Planck Institutes. Candidates should have obtained their doctorate no longer than four years ago (for a doctorate in medicine: no longer than six years).

Applications are invited for DWIH regular activities to be conducted in calendar year 2016.

Eligibility: Only DWIH Consortium members are eligible to apply. In case the application form is not being submitted by local representative/board member of the DWIH consortium member, only applications certified by the local representative/board member will be considered. An applicant must ensure active participation from a minimum of two DWIH consortium members and at least one Indian institute/university. The participation from India and Germany is confined to mandate of DWIH New Delhi.

Deadline for receipt of application: Friday, 15 April 2016

The duly filled-in application form should be submitted to, with “Application,” and the name of the applying institution in the subject line.

The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) for the Advancement of Science is one of Germany's largest, independent, not-for-profit research organisations. In our 82 research institutes, more than 5.500 scientists conduct research of the highest caliber in the areas of natural sciences, bio-sciences, mathematics, astronomy, social sciences, and the humanities. Max Planck scientists carry out cutting-edge research at the frontiers of traditional and emerging research fields and claim no fewer than seventeen Nobel Prize Laureates among their ranks.

Monday, October 3, 2016 to Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016 to Saturday, October 1, 2016

German House of Research and Innovation organized its annual conference ‘Cityscapes’ at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, between September 29-October 1. HCSA coordinated the panels under the overarching theme of ‘City and Migration’. The panels covered two broad categories analysing politics and society, including such topics as policies, economy, labour migration, security, law and order, skill development, unemployment, political rights and duties (i.e., political integration) etc.; as well as education, citizens’ participation, inclusion/integration vs gentrification/ghettoization, youth and ageing in urban South Asia, etc. The panels consisted of experts from Germany, India as well as other South Asian countries. Over three hundred 300 (2 days) scholars, experts and practitioners from Germany and India, from both public and private sector, discussed on the multifaceted topic of urbanization. Heidelberg University was represented by Prof.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Heidelberg Centre South Asia, South Asia Institute, Indian Institute for Tropical Meteorology, Indian Chest Foundation, both in Pune, and the Health and Demographic Research Center in Vadu, in collaboration with Friedrich Naumann Foundation, organized a workshop on ‘Urbanisation, Climate Change and Health’, part of HCSA series of initiatives and events on Smart Cities. The workshop took place at the German House for Research and Innovation, on October 26. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Stephan Lanzinger, Head Science and Technology, the German Embassy. The technical sessions covered a wide range of subjects, such as Air Quality of Indian Mega Cities and Prediction System (Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director SAFAR, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune),  Climate Change and Health - Ongoing efforts at PHFI (Dr.