IGCS winter and summer schools


Winter School 2021, Online event 

 Strengthening Inland Water Transportation for Sustainable Blue Economy


Chiang Ai-Jung

Master Student Environmental Management. CAU Kiel




Caroline Paul Kanjookaran

Master Student Sustainability, Society and Environment. CAU Kiel





Hello, my name is Caroline Paul Kanjookaran and I am a Masters student of Sustainability, Society and Environment at CAU Kiel. I recently attended the IGCS Winter School on Sustainable Inland Water Transportation for Blue Economy held by the IGCS. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the school was held in a digital format and the experience was great! I had attended several winter/summer schools in both offline and online format, but this one stands out because of several reasons.


First, the organizers were very responsive and empathetic and this set the tone for the entire school. Second, the chosen students were an interesting mix of Germans, Indians and other nationalities and this really helped create a diverse and interdisciplinary environment where we not only learned from experts, but also from each other. Third, the organizers were really mindful about the limitations of the online format and did their best to recreate the offline experience, for example through virtual city tour videos. Last, but not the least, the speakers were all experts in their field, but were quite willing to answer all our questions and we did not feel an expert:student divide at all! I feel like I learned a lot and I am quite excited to put the knowledge into practice through my future works. An extra bonus of attending the school was gaining a community who now feels like family!



Anthony Noronha

Master Student Environmental Management. CAU Kiel




I recently got the opportunity to attend the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGGS) Winter School 2021 on the topic of Sustainable Inland Water Transportation for Blue Economy which took place online. This became IGCS’s second school that took place digitally, and in a successful manner.

This was the first time I participated in an IGCS event, and I found the format of this digital school to be well planned and very well executed. The duration of the school was perfect, in my opinion. I am not only going to give positive recommendations to fellow students who plan to attend future IGCS schools but also going to convince a lot of them to take it up as a good experience in the first place. It is not every day that a chance like this comes in hand to be part of a school with such an intercultural and an interdisciplinary approach deeply rooted to the core. A student attending a school like this, especially during these times, is surely going to have a lot of learning coupled with fun and interactive sessions that would make the time invested in it worth it.

A big thank you to the entire IGCS Winter School 2021 organizing team and everyone from IIT Madras, RWTH Aachen University, and Kiel University. They were part of it in making this event a huge success. A special thanks to the funding institute German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) through its program ‘A new Passage to India,’ without whose help this event would not have been made possible.




Summer School 2020, Online event 

 Smart Sustainable Cities: Focus on Urban Mobility

Ameerah Ajibola

Master Student Environmental Management. CAU Kiel




Rahul Govind Rajkarnikar

Master Student Environmental Management. CAU Kiel




The IGCS’ Summer School 2020 on the topic ‘Smart Sustainable Cities, Urban Mobility’ was the first-ever IGCS event that was hosted completely online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite the restrictions, the school was a success and it allowed participants to gain an international experience despite global lock-down measures.

In addition to their multicultural working environment, the school presented a different challenge of understanding the novelty of online learning in interdisciplinary collaboration. Overall, the school presented an interesting model of how digital communication platforms can be  to interact and reach people beyond what was possible through conventional means.





Marie Boutin

Master Student Sustainability, Society and the Environment. CAU Kiel




For me, the summer school was a great interdisciplinary and international research experience. Working with students from all kinds of disciplines with different approaches and perspectives is one of the most valuable aspects of this programme. It is a superb opportunity to get in touch with a variety of expertise on a specific topic and draw a complete picture of the chosen theme. Together with my team, I worked on public-private partnerships in the context of urban smart and sustainable mobility. With the inputs from the expert presentations and our own research, we could present a critical picture of the model and reflect on its potential.                        




Winter School 2020 Chennai, India 

Sustainability in the Peri-scene: Human settlements, food, ecology and governance



Rahul Govind Rajkarnikar

Master Student Environmental Management. CAU Kiel




The IGCS’ Winter School 2020 at IIT Madras, Chennai was a collection of seminars and workshops regarding sustainability in India and consequently South Asia. The lectures were followed up by a team project and peer interaction. The ultimate goal of the school was to provide first hand experiences of multicultural and interdisciplinary collaboration in a multinational environment.

The school was also an opportunity to explore the unique aura of South India. The group tour in particular allowed us to experience the rich history of the country and the cultural diversity. Furthermore, the culinary experience brought a unique sense of togetherness in the group.

I am inspired by IGCS’ mission towards sustainability and I strongly wish to align my professional goals with them in the future.



Winter School 2019 Chennai, India 

Sustainable Waste Management: Municipal Solid Waste and e-Waste.

How can waste be reduced and recycled in rapidly growing cities?

Gabriela Escobar Sánchez

M.Sc. Environmental Management. CAU Kiel

Research assistant. Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde







IGCS winter school was a great opportunity to expand my horizon on waste management in a different context and bring theory to practice while being immerse in a completely fascinating culture. We had the full hands-on experience: lectures, excursions and project work. Our project was on waste management in the coastal zone, which aimed to assess the current state of the problem and suggest best-fit solutions. Throughout the entire school and project work, our professors and tutors guided us and shared their valuable expertise. Besides academic learning, delicious spicy food, sightseeing travels and sharing time with our Indian colleagues were all very enriching experiences. My most valuable learning with IGCS was that each country faces different challenges and no solution is one-size-fits-all. Having a holistic understanding of the tangents surrounding waste, the culture and place are essential to cope with this challenge that affects us globally.



Summer school 2019 TU Dresden, Germany

“Smart Grids – Electricity Networks as the Backbone of a Carbon Neutral Society”

Summer school 2017 RWTH Aachen, Germany

“Sustainable Urban Water and Wastewater Management”



Avianto Nugroho

M.Sc. Environmental Management. CAU Kiel




I participated in two summer schools funded by IGCS Scholarship. The first program was organized in RWTH Aachen in 2017 titled “Sustainable Urban Water and Wastewater Management” and the second program was held in TU Dresden in 2019 titled ”Smart Grids – Electricity Networks as the Backbone of a Carbon Neutral Society”. It was priceless experiences to have participated in these programs. The program consisted not only lectures in class, but also field works, and one-day sightseeing tours. Therefore, the summer schools were exciting, because participants took part in various interesting activities. In addition, culture exchanges with Indian students also complemented the programs from which I could hear stories about their country and make friends with them. It is actually very beneficial for my future career, as I got some help when I visited India for a research stay. Some of them have become my good friends and we have kept in touch ever since.





Summer School 2017 Aachen, Germany

Sustainable Urban Water and Wastewater Management: India – Germany


Szewing To (Debbie)

M.Sc. Environmental Management. CAU Kiel




Google Scholar (Szewing To)


In the summer school we explored sustainable urban and wastewater management in India and Germany. Through the school, I realized different water management problems faced by both countries, and gained a better understanding on how water resources can be managed more efficiently with the help of science and technologies such as flood modelling with GIS and flood-buffered urban landscape planning. The excursions provided by the organizers facilitated my interactions with students from India and Germany. Lastly, it was enjoyable working on the group project, on which we discussed new measures to reduce water footprint in IIT Madras campus. This project has shown us the current water scarcity problem faced by the India students. I benefitted greatly from this summer school intellectually and on academic connections.