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17.11.2016: Annual Conference of the International Association of Centre for Federal Studies
The South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University together the Institute of Social Sciences, the Centre for Multilevel Federalism and the Forum of Federations and the International Association of Centre for Federal Studies organized an international conference on “The value of comparative federalism: the legacy of Ronald L. Watts”The conference took place between November 16-18. The theme of the annual conference was designed as a tribute to the intellectual legacy of Ronald Watts. It commemorated his pioneering work on comparative federalism, which is one of the core aspects of his legacy to federal studies. Mr. Radu Carciumaru, Resident Representative (Heidelberg Centre South Asia) held a presentation on the federalism in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Posted on 18 Jan 2017
26.10.2016: Workshop on Air Pollution and Health
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 HCSAseries 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. Banalata (Bono) Sen, Advisor, Center for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India) or a comprehensive overview of the GIZ efforts in this field, given by Dr. Winfried Damm (Programme Director, GIZ).The main purpose of the workshop was to initiate and deepen the Indo-German exchange and collaboration in health and pollution. The participants discussed and agreed upon submitting a research proposal either with a German or anEuropean funding agencies in 2017.

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25.10.2016: Science Circle Lecture
On October 25, Professor Dr. Sauerborn (Director, Institute for Public Health, Heidelberg University) gave a keynote lecture on “Air Pollution, Climate Change and Health” within the framework of the Science Circle Lecture. Organized by the German Embassy and the German House for Research and Innovation ,Science Circle Lecture series consists of talks given by eminent scholars and personalities from Germany. Prof. Sauerborn’s keynote on such a relevant and important topic, particularly for India, enjoyed an overwhelming interest. The attendance exceeded by far the capacity of Gulmohar Auditorium of the IHC (140 persons). While covering a broad range of different aspects, Professor Sauerborn focused especially on the still understudied challenges of the indoor air pollution, which kills many more: 4,3million women and children, mainly in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Posted on 18 Jan 2017

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