IGCS winter and summer schools

 Winter School 2020 Chennai, India 

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




Rahul Govind Rajkarnikar

M.Sc. 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 at Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde





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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



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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




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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.