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DFG Secretary General Prof Dzwonnek visits Indo-German Research Unit FOR 2432 in Bangalore

(15.03.18) As part of her recent India visit, Secretary General of DFG Prof. Dorothee Dzwonnek visited the Indo-German Research Unit (Forschungsgruppe) FOR 2432 "Social-ecological systems in the Indian rural-urban interface: functions, scales and dynamics of transitions". FOR 2432 is a large scale research project undertaken by a consortium of several Indian and German universities and jointly funded by DFG and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT). Its research topics range from urbanisation-induced changes of household structures and production systems via ecological and agricultural developments to questions about the interaction of urban and rural ways of life on the edges of rapidly growing mega cities such as Bangalore. The principal Indian host institution, and the site of the delegation’s visit, is the renowned University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Bangalore. On the German side, the Research Unit is housed by the University of Göttingen and the University of Kassel.

Welcoming remarks by the Indo-German research team (FOR 2432)

Welcoming remarks by the Indo-German research team (FOR 2432)

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At UAS Bangalore, Prof Dzwonnek and her delegation were received by Prof. B. V. Chinnappa Reddy and Prof. K. B. Umesh (Indian coordinators from UAS Bangalore) as well as Prof. Andreas Bürkert, and Prof. Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel (German coordinators). The Indo-German team of researchers then gave presentations highlighting various aspects of the research methodology, challenges and preliminary outcomes of their Unit. Prof Dzwonnek commended the members of the Research Unit for “carrying out important research at a site of massive change”, adding that she is especially pleased that the cutting edge, interdisciplinary research of FOR 2432 is jointly funded between DFG and DBT. “It is evident that the collaboration between Indian and German researchers can bring significant added value to academic research in this field”, Prof Dzwonnek stressed.

Prof Dzwonnek’s field visit to one of the UAS research sites

Prof Dzwonnek’s field visit to one of the UAS research sites

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In a field visit following the presentations, the DFG delegation – also consisting of Dr Annette Schmidtmann (Head of Department of Scientific Affairs) as well as Dr Ingrid Krüßmann and Kathrin Kohs (International Affairs) – had a chance to get a first-hand impression of some of the ecological research, and to interact with the international doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers taking part in the meeting.