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03.-04.10.2016: Indo-German Dialogue on Sustainable Water Resource Management, New Delhi
Under the umbrella of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in New Delhi, Heidelberg Centre South Asia, TERI University, Technical University Munich, FU Berlin and Indo-German Centre for Sustainability conducted an Indo-German Dialogue on Sustainable Water Resource Management. The workshop took place between October 3-4, at TERI University, New Delhi and was attended by over 150 persons. The workshop’s prime focus was to understand water systems and their management, innovate water treatments, and explore e.g. energy generation possibilities from water. The participants reached the conclusion that there is a need for a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to water resource management. The workshop brought together top-notch scholars, experts and practitioners from Germany and India, from both public and private sector, covering various aspects of water resource management such as 1. Water Sharing- Current approach, benefits and challenges;2. ICT -Tools and Techniques for Managing Water; 3. Urbanisation and Water management and 4. Stakeholder engagement and capacity building for sustainable water management A report containing policy recommendations for sustainable water resource management will be published in the first half of 2017 and circulated to relevant institutions both in India and in Germany.


Posted on 18 Jan 2017
29.09-01.10.2016: DWIH Annual Conference ‘CityScapes’
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 multifacetted topic of urbanization. Heidelberg University was represented by Prof. Dr Christiane Brosius, Dr Wolfgang-Peter Zingel Ms Roberta Mandoki and by the Heidelberg alumnus Dr Andreas M. Wüst.

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Posted on 18 Jan 2017
16.09.2016: India-EU Dialogue on Smart Cities: Mobility, Infrastructure and Energy, Bangalore
Under the joint umbrella of the European Science, Technology and Innovation Platform in India (EU STI Platform) and the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH), Heidelberg Centre South Asia (HCSA), BayIND (Bavarian-Indian Centre), School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi), Fraunhofer India and EU STI, conducted an India-EU Dialogue on Smart Cities: Mobility, Infrastructure and Energy.  The workshop was coordinated by the Heidelberg Centre South Asia (Branch Office of the Heidelberg University in India) and supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Organized at  Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan,Bangalore, the workshop was attended by over 150 participants, representing government agencies, education & research institutions, non-governmental organisations and industry from India and Europe.Mr. Christoph Bertrams, DirectorGoethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, welcomed the participants, The inaugural address was given by Ms Tania Friederichs, Counsellor, Head of Research & Innovation Sector, Delegation of the European Union to India, New Delhi, whereas opening addresses were held by Ms Hellwig-Bötte, Consul General of the German Mission and Mr. François Gautier, Consul General of the French Mission in Bangalore.The first technical session was opened by Dr. TS Muralidara, Nodal Officer Smart City Programme, Technical Adviser to the Mayor of Bangalore, who spoke on ‘Bengaluru - Path towards Becoming a Smart City’, followed by highly interesting and thought-provoking presentations given by Professor Dr. K. B. Akhilesh, Senior Professor, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, on Planning Towards Smart Cities - Cross Cutting Issues, or Professor Dr. T.G. Sitharam, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, who spoke on Mobility and Management: A Framework for Achieving Sustainable Urban Mobility In Indian Cities.Dr. Deepak Baindur, GIZ, analysed the Institutional Challenges in implementing Smart City Mission in selected cities, whereas Ms Pronita Saxena (Founder and CEO) presented Citizengage’s innovative approach to Building a Recycling Economy: A Waste2Resource Network.
Posted on 18 Jan 2017

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