The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) announced a slew of academic and research opportunities for students seeking degrees and collaborations in Germany, including the first Falling Labs India 2016 at the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER) in September.
Falling Labs India 2016, a flashtalk contest open to all youngsters, is an opportunity for them to present a research project, business plan, entrepreneurial or social initiative that is relevant to today’s world within three minutes.
“The Falling Wall conference is held in Germany every year where eminent scientists, researchers, policy makers and business leaders of the world converge to discuss various issues. This year, it was decided to make this platform open to students and that’s why these ‘labs’ were conceptualised in each participating country,” said Christoph Senft, honorary director, DAAD, Pune.
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“We expect at least 50 applications and while there is no specific criteria on who can participate, the participant’s last academic degree should not be more than three years old as we want a younger population. We want them to present ideas on change. The winner, who would be selected by a jury, would get to attend the conference in Berlin on November 8 as one of the 100 international participants,” Senft added.
Senft further said that in the coming year, besides regular lectures and programmes, a few special programmes have been planned for Indian students. The first event is a pre-departure programme on July 30 at SM Joshi Foundation wherein those students who have already got admission in foreign universities would be apprised of the student culture there, how to prepare for the trip and stay, life in Germany and so on.
The second event is a research and proposal writing workshop on August 13 at IISER, Pune, for future PhD students and post doctoral researchers where German experts would speak about research institutions and opportunities and then discuss on individual proposals.