Excellence on Tour! in Kolkata

Saturday, March 22, 2014 to Friday, March 28, 2014
Science City Kolkata

Kolkata Science City hosted the final leg of The Excellence on Tour Road Show organized by DWIH New Delhi in 2013-14. The event, moderated by R.J. Mir from Radio Mirchi, Kolkata, was inaugurated on 22.3.2014 by the German Consul General in Kolkata, Mr. Rainer Schmiedchen, the Director of IISER Kolkata, Prof. Dr. R. N. Mukherjee, the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Prof. Dr. Laurent Gizon, Deputy Director General, BMBF, Mr. Maximilian Metzger and DFG Vice President Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner, followed by a “Vote of Thanks” of Dr. Jörg Schneider, Head of Division International Cooperation, DFG.

The 7 day Road Show provided a platform for many scientific presentations, lectures, seminars, workshops on numerous exciting topics, including “Food as your Medicine”, “Low Cost Housing”, “Toy Technology” and so on. It also provided a first-hand impression how fundamental research can help to develop a basis for a completely new range of industrial products. As a result of a DFG (German Research Foundation) funded “Collaborative Research Center” at the University of Aachen (RWTH), new types of natural fibre based hybrid composites, textile reinforced concrete and translucent concrete could be developed. These products were displayed in the exhibition area and they generated a lot of interest among visitors who were curious to understand these new technologies. The lectures and seminars on this scientific subject held during the programme were particularly well attended by students and professors in the field of science, technology and industrial research. In the R.J. Mir moderated Science Slam on 23.3.2014, Ms. Charnita Arora won a three months all expenses paid stay in Germany worth 6000,00€ for her presentation on the positive and negative impact of Facebook. On the subsequent day she was interviewed Live on Radio Mirchi Kolkata by R.J. Mir. She outlined her experience of participation in the slam and her plans for her future stay in Berlin, Germany.

About 10000 academic visitors showed great interest in receiving information on funding options for joint research, scholarships and on how to ‘Make it in Germany’. The Indo German Chamber of Commerce and the GIZ provided information on how to link with commercial organizations, while the Goethe-Institut presented a fun kit to learn German language. Cultural events completed the comprehensive week-long program, which ended with a classical dance performance by Padma Shri Ms. Shobana Chandrakumar and her group. The event received great media coverage in both electronic and print media.

Excellence on Tour in Kolkata has followed earlier events of this kind in Hyderabad (26th April to 3rd May 2013) and Ahmedabad (15th to 22nd November 2013) and concludes this endeavor of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH New Delhi). It was made possible by the provision of a high-tech pavilion by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the support of the German Embassy and Consulates in India. This large awareness campaign of DWIH New Delhi attracted in total in excess of 31.000 visitors in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kolkata and has boosted the visibility of the Germany House for Research and Innovation and its 15 consortium members in India since its establishment in October 2012. Following this fulminant kick off of the DWIH activities in India, this year’s call for DWIH activities conducted by consortium members and their Indian partners has generated large interest. Hence, we can expect a year with a lot more activities conducted by the DWIH New Delhi office and by its consortium members and Indian partners in variable geometry.

For detailed view of programme activities, please refer to the 'attached programme'

& to view more photographs, please refer to http://www.dwih.in/mediagallery