It was Monday morning, the 20th of February, when the IGCS Winterschool members first met in front of the Visweswaraya Seminar Hall of the Department of Civil Engineering on IIT Madras Campus. Despite of jetlag, at least amongst the German participants, there were exciting talks from the start making sure the ten Indian and ten German students and graduates forming an interesting group. After the inauguration, where the IGCS coordinators, the Head of Civil Engineering Department and the German consulate introduced the Winterschool 2012, this first impression of a colorful group got confirmed by the self-presentations showing the variety of educational backgrounds the participants come from. The interests of Waste managers, Geographers, Environmental Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Georesources Managers, Biotechnologists and many more converged in the Winterschool’s two major fields: sustainability & environment. Read more »
Posts from Tim Wolters
Chennai as a place for your first India trip is probably an ambitous choice. Its high population, thus traffic density, its high temperatures and unfamiliar english accent of the Tamil speaking community is demanding at first. However, the pleasant attitude and lifestyle of the local people makes adaption easy in the end. The local’s naturally patient behaviour on processes and matters that don’t work out at first try or are delayed temporally several times is deeply implemented in their everyday life and surely healthy for their heart and mind.
Looking at the physical health, however, Chennai City’s inhabitants face some serious problems in their living area. Read more »