India is one of Germany’s closest partners when it comes to jointly funding major research facilities. Both countries are committed to holistic research for greater impacts and applied solutions. What’s Up, Germany? takes a look at the Indo-German science cooperation scene, including mega science projects.

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GOALS OF INDO-GERMAN S&T COOPERATION

INCREASE STUDENT AND SCIENTIST EXCHANGES

INITIATE MORE JOINT RESEARCH PROJECTS

DEVELOP MOBILITY PROJECTS

BIOTECHNOLOGY

MEDICAL & HEALTH RESEARCH

AERONAUTICS, SPACE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & APPLICATIONS

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

ADVANCED MATERIALS

MAIN AREAS OF S&T COOPERATION

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SYNCHROTRON & ACCELERATOR TECHNOLOGIES & APPLICATIONS

SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

TECHNOLOGIES FOR NEWER RENEWABLE ENERGY STRATEGIES

DISASTER & CIVIL SECURITY RESEARCH

AUTOMOTIVE R&D

PHARMACEUTICALS

PROMINENT GERMAN S&T INSTITUTIONS IN INDIA

Max Planck Society

Comprising of 83 institutes across Germany, it supports cutting-edge research in natural, life and social sciences, as well as the humanities. In 2014, 807 scientists from India visited Max Planck institutes for research and 47 collaborative projects were undertaken with Indian research facilities. 

German Research Foundation (DFG)

DFG serves all branches of science by funding research projects and facilitating cooperation among researchers. It also co-sponsors the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, during which young Indian scientists get to meet Nobel Prize winners and visit premier scientific institutes in Germany.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. It has a strong presence in India, including solid collaborations with various Indian ministries. It also promotes the internationalisation of German universities and the German language, and advises on culture, education and development.

Fraunhofer Society

With over 80 institutes and research units in Germany, it is the world’s largest organisation for applied research. Its centres conduct application-oriented research that drives economic development and serves the wider benefit of society. Its representative office in India acts as a bridge between Indian customers and Fraunhofer scientists, and is already working with 30 leading companies in India.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH)

AvH promotes international research cooperation in all disciplines. It enables highly qualified scholars to stay in Germany for extended periods of research.

German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH)

DWIH New Delhi represents 15 German organisations in India. It serves as a window to German science and research for interested students, researchers and potential partner institutions in India.  (Read more)

INDO-GERMAN MEGA SCIENCE PROJECTS

India has partnered with Germany in the construction of two facilities which are mega science projects: Petra III and FAIR. These state-of-the-art facilities will enable Indian scientists to conduct high-impact and frontier research in material science, nuclear and high energy physics in collaboration with German researchers.

PETRA III

India is investing ₹102 crore for the construction of an India-centric beamline and to get access to the synchrotron facility PETRA III at DESY, a research centre in Hamburg. PETRA III is the biggest and most brilliant synchrotron light source in the world and a great example of collaborative mega science projects. This facility is being used to investigate structures of next-generation materials at the nanoscale level. Before the India-centric beamline was ready, scientists and researchers from 22 Indian institutes had already carried out 100 experimental sessions at PETRA III until August 2016.

FACILITY FOR ANTIPROTON AND ION RESEARCH (FAIR)

With an investment of ₹263 crore, India is the third-largest investor in FAIR, an international accelerator facility for research with antiprotons and ions in Darmstadt, Germany. At this science centre, Indian scientists will be able to carry out front-end research in nuclear and high energy physics.