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First German Science Roundtable at German Embassy, New Delhi

(11.07.17) With an objective to discuss the science policy matters concerning India and Germany, the upcoming Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations, the new initiatives undertaken and the impact thereof on Indo-German scientific collaborations, a “German Science Roundtable” was organized at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi on 19th May 2017.

"German Science Roundtable” organized at the organized at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi

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On the invitation of Mr. Stephan Lanzinger, Counsellor, Head of Science and Technology Section, German Embassy, representatives of a number of German organizations, namely the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Free University Berlin, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Research Foundation (DFG), Technical University Munich, University of Cologne, University of Heidelberg and Fraunhofer Society participated in the first ever German Science Roundtable. In addition, representatives from the Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC), a Centre jointly established by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany as well as German political foundations like Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Heinrich Böll Foundation took part in the discussions.

Welcoming the representatives, Dr. Jesper Wieck, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy, spoke about the strong scientific cooperation between the two countries and the potential of increasing it further. He also underlined the relevance of this Roundtable as an opportunity for information exchange and networking amongst various German and Indo-German organizations. Dr. Wieck’s address was followed by a briefing on Indo-German Political relations by Mr. Arno Kirchhof, Head of the Political Section, German Embassy. Touching upon the forthcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi along with his ministers and other dignitaries to Germany for the fourth Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations, Mr. Kirchhof outlined the depth of Indo-German strategic partnership in various areas including the S&T cooperation.

Thereafter, Mr. Lanzinger briefed the participants on the current trends and developments in the field of Science and Higher Education. He elaborated the steps taken by the Indian government in promoting research and education in India and also highlighted the extent of bilateral collaborations between the two countries. Dr. Vaibhav Agarwal, along with Ms. Poonam Suri represented DFG during the Roundtable and elaborated DFG’s cooperation with Indian funding agencies and the role of DFG in promoting Indo-German collaborations.