Together with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA) and our partners from the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Göttingen University is currently organising the first-ever DWIH Indo-German Winter School on Solar and Stellar Astrophysics.
The German House for Research and Innovation (or DWIH, in German) in New Delhi was set up in October 2012 with the aim of enhancing the outreach of the German science and research landscape in India and exploring opportunities to synergise and stimulate cooperation between the German and Indian scientific communities. This Winter School is a marvellous example for strengthening such ties, bringing together 23 top-level students from India and Germany. The joint faculty are renowned professors and young scholars in this field, from TIFR the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) in Bangalore, IISER Kolkata and Udaipur Solar Observatory. From the German side, faculty include Professor Laurent Gizon, based at the Max-Planck Institute for Solar Systems Research (MPS) in Göttingen and Dr. Hans Ludwig, from the State Observatory of Heidelberg University.
For setting up this Winter School, the academic coordinators, Prof. H.M. Antia and Dr. Shravan from TIFR, and Prof. Siraj Hasan (IIA) had been invited to Germany to visit MPS in Göttingen and Heidelberg University in June this year. During this visit, a one-day Indo-German Network Meeting Astrophysics was held at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum (IWH) of Heidelberg University, where faculty members had the opportunity to visit the universities and MPIs and to discuss and fine tune this Winter School.
For Indian and German students, this opens up a unique opportunity to be immersed in the field, and to be exposed to lectures and tutorials. While providing such an opportunity, this DWIH Indo-German Winter School Astrophysics will hopefully set an inspiring example and find replications in many fields of Natural and Social Sciences.
Prof. Laurent Gizon handing over the certificates Dr. Ludwig (Heidelberg University) during the tutorial
Prof. Antia, welcoming the participants