Young Indian scientists participate in 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and DFG-DST Post-Lindau Tour 2016

Nominated by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and selected by the scientific review panel of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Council, 21 young Indian scientists participated in the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings held from 26 June to 1 July 2016 in Lindau, Germany. This year’s Meetings were dedicated to the field of physics, attended by more than 400 researchers from around the globe and 29 Nobel Laureates.

After the convention, DFG invited these 21 Indian researchers for a tour to the universities and research institutions in the field of Physics in Heidelberg, Düsseldorf, Jülich, Aachen, Marburg, Hannover and Berlin from 2 to 9 July 2016. This weeklong tour included visits to various science and research institutions to gain insight into the German higher education system and visit state-of-the-art research lab facilities. The tour started with an information session at the DFG head office in Bonn. Majour funding organizations namely DFG, the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, AvH presented their funding options for a research stay in Germany.

Scientific highlights of this weeklong tour included a visit to Peter Grünberg Institute at Forschungszentrum Jülich and a presentation by Prof. Wuttig at the Institute of Physics at RWTH Aachen. The discussion with students of the collaborative research center SFB 1083 in Marburg provided the Indian scientists in-depth knowledge about Surface Physics. At the Albert-Einstein Insitute (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics) the group was introduced to the system of the International Max Planck Research Schools followed by an interaction with the students of the Institut für Quantenoptik at Hannover University. The tour ended in Berlin with a visit to the Collaborative Reseach Centre SFB 787 at the TU Berlin. The tour, not only showcased the scientific know-how of the German universities and research institutions, but also the rich cultural heritage of Germany.

In Berlin, the young scientists also got a change to get together with the Indian Ambassador to Germany at the Indian Embassy. He highlighted the importance of their work and remarked that with their potential future engagements in other countries, they are shaping the future of science in India and the world.

Prior to their departure, the DST had organized a briefing session for these participants on 24 June 2016 at the Technology Bhavan, New Delhi to inform them about different aspects of this tour to Germany. Addressing the gathering, Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary DST, along with other representatives of Embassy of Germany in India and DFG India Office congratulated these young scientists and encouraged them to make best use of this opportunity.

This 2-weeks tour to Germany including the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Post-Lindau Tour is a result of DST-DFG collaboration since 2001.