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Friday, September 7, 2012

Grand science slam to open German house for research and innovation in New Delhi


Winners will be awarded a fully paid learning opportunity to work in an eminent researcher’s group in Germany

The German Government has embarked to set up a German House for Research and Innovation in New Delhi (DWIH New Delhi). The DWIH will serve as a ‘one-stop shop’ for interested students, researchers and potential partner institutions, and disseminate information about higher education in Germany, research landscape and funding sources. New Delhi is one of the five focal points for enhanced German academic and research cooperation, along with Sao Paolo (Brazil), Moscow (Russia), New York (USA) and Tokyo (Japan).

Marking the inauguration of the DWIH in India, the German Embassy New Delhi and the German Research Foundation (DFG) will be organizing a Grand Science Slam on Saturday, 27th October 2012 at one of the highlights of the “German Year in India 2011/2012”, the Indo-German Urban Mela in New Delhi: A great platform for researchers, the Grand Science Slam will include topics from all fields of science including humanities and social sciences. Young scientists and science enthusiasts can showcase their best and most interesting scientific projects to eminent researchers and the general public. Slammers can choose from medicine/physiology, “green” life sciences, physics/mathematics, geo sciences, chemistry and process engineering/engineering, informatics and social sciences.
                       
On that occasion, the German Ambassador to India, Michael Steiner, states: “Indo-German cooperation in science and technology is a defining pillar of our bilateral relationship. India and Germany maintain a highly dynamic academic exchange and a vast array of bilateral research projects to jointly develop the technologies of the future. The new German House for Research and Innovation will be a scientific hub for young talents and a landmark for innovation which benefits India as well as Germany.”

Elaborating on the concept of the Grand Science Slam, Dr. Torsten Fischer, Director, German Research Foundation (DFG), the official coordinator of DWIH New Delhi, says, “The Grand Science Slam is a great opportunity for Indian researchers to showcase their knowledge of science in the presence of a distinguished gathering of very senior researchers. The shortlisted participants from each of the six streams will be required to publicly display complex scientific concepts in a very simple form in a Science Slam. Each participant gets only ten minutes to prove his or her knowledge of science using any format of choice, ranging from a conventional talk to a stage play or even a musical performance, using any source or object to make their presentation more interesting. The winner will be decided by award-winning jury members collectively with the audience, so the presentation must be easy to comprehend.”

The ten minute research presentation by young participating scientists will be followed by a 5 minutes question and answer session with the jury and audience. Two of the brilliant finalists will be chosen as winners of the Grand Science Slam, among which one of the awards will be decided by the Jury and the other by the general public sitting in audience. Each of the winners will be awarded a fully paid learning opportunity to work in the research group of an eminent researcher in Germany. All participating finalists will receive a citation and a gift hamper. The event will be attended by Heads of DWIH member organisations, and will feature ‘Leibniz Lectures’ by two German speakers and scientific talks by two Indian scientists.

The deadline for submission of applications is Sunday, 9th September 2012. Application form and submission details are available for download here.

For more details, please contact:

Ruchika Christ
Public Relations
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft  (DFG)
German Research Foundation
Tel. +91.49224905, Ruchika.Christ@dfg.de

Dr. Niklas Wagner
Press and Comumication Department
German Embassy New Delhi
Tel: +91.1144199247, niklas.wagner@diplo.de

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