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    Global Water and Climate Adaption Centre (ABCD)

    The Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre – Aachen, Bangkok, Chennai, and Dresden (ABCD-Centre) address the pressing issue of humanity’s adaptation to the consequences of climate change with a special focus on water. As a joint effort between leading scientific institutions, it enables a global dialogue, the transfer of research results into practice, and the education of future environmental leaders.

    The project partners, RWTH Aachen University, Asian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, United Nations University – Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), and Technische Universität Dresden, are joining forces under the umbrella of the ABCD-Centre. This unique combination of excellent academic institutions from India, Thailand, and Germany strives to bring about a lively academic exchange, implement innovative cooperation formats, and achieve a lasting impact on society.

    The project partners, RWTH Aachen University (RWTH), Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok (AITB), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), United Nations University – Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), and Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) are joining forces in an effort to address the global challenge of climate change with a particular focus on water security and climate change adaptation in a systematic manner. What unites the five project partners, is the shared idea that global problems need a global solution and that scientific cooperation between North and South is the need of the hour. The Centre to be established shall be a manifestation of this idea and shall work towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. SDG-6 is intended to ensure “availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. Achieving SDG-6 is central to the overall agenda. Clean water and sanitation facilities are considered by the UN as “basic human rights”. In this sense, it should be acknowledged the interconnected dynamic between SDG-6 targets and every other Goal.


    Programmes and How to Apply

     

    • Master courses

    The project partners have started the process of creating a combined global M.Sc program on “Water Security and Global Change” which will be hosted under the umbrella of the ABCD-Centre. The new M.Sc program will combine the expertise of all project partners towards an integrated and holistic approach, serving the needs of regional, national and international stakeholders. Existing modules will provide a baseline for the new program. It will have a modular structure that includes a mobility window for study abroad and options for specializations. Part of the joint effort will be the coordination of student mobility as well as the development of communication-, dissemination- and marketing strategies and their implementation.

    Modules of the M.Sc program shall be taught by experts from the respective institutions. Internships and Master theses will be conducted in close cooperation with selected companies, governmental agencies, and NGOs. To open the new joint global M.Sc program to talented students from the Global South, scholarships are awarded to participate in the program. Mobility options for Master students from the Global North will allow them to spend up to one semester at either IIT Madras or AIT Bangkok as an integral part of the newly developed course. The Centre enables flexible teaching scholarships to enrich the new M.Sc program.

    • PhD programmes

    Call for Applications: ABCD Future Environmental Leaders Scholarships 2022 Awarded by the DAAD-funded “Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre – Aachen, Bangkok, Chennai, Dresden (ABCD-Centre)” For Doctoral Students from the Global South

    What is the Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre – Aachen, Bangkok, Chennai, Dresden (ABCD-Centre)? With the ABCD-Centre, the project partners RWTH Aachen University, Asian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, United Nations University – Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) and Technische Universität Dresden are joining forces in an effort to address the global challenge of water security and climate change adaptation in a systematic manner. The ABCD-Centre is engaged in three intertwined research clusters: – Cluster I: “Water Security, Water Resources Management, Secure Water Supply and Water Treatment” – Cluster II: “Ecosystem Resilience and Nature-Based Adaptation Measures” – Cluster III: “Transfer Strategies for Climate Adaptation: Traditional Knowledge, Local Economies and Societal Acceptance”. A key objective of the ABCD-Centre is the research-oriented scientific training of Future Environmental Leaders, who will enable the transfer of research into practice. In addition, innovative third-party funded research projects in the field of water and climate change adaptation are a desired outcome. It is in this context that the ABCD-Centre awards the ABCD Future Environmental Leaders Scholarships to doctoral students from the Global South to conduct research stays at RWTH Aachen University, at Technische Universität Dresden or at UNU-FLORES in Dresden, Germany.

    • Master Scholarships
    • 4 Full Scholarships for Master Students from the Global South in the field of Water and Climate Adaptation

      Host universities: Technische Universität Dresden, Germany and RWTH Aachen University, Germany

      Awarded by the DAAD-funded “Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre – Aachen, Bangkok, Chennai, Dresden (ABCD-Centre)”

      I. What is the Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre – Aachen, Bangkok, Chennai, Dresden (ABCD-Centre)?

      With the ABCD-Centre, the project partners RWTH Aachen University, Asian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, United Nations University – Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) and Technische Universität Dresden are joining forces in an effort to address the global challenge of water security and climate change adaptation in a systematic manner.

      The ABCD-Centre is engaged in three intertwined research clusters:

      – Cluster I: “Water Security, Water Resources Management, Secure Water Supply and Water Treatment
      – Cluster II: “Ecosystem Resilience and Nature-Based Adaptation Measures
      – Cluster III: “Transfer Strategies for Climate Adaptation: Traditional Knowledge, Local Economies and Societal Acceptance”.

      A key objective of the ABCD-Centre is the research-oriented scientific training of talented students from the Global South. It is in this context that the ABCD-Centre awards four full scholarships for master students from the Global South in the field of water and climate adaptation.

      II. Current opportunity: 4 Full Scholarships

      The ABCD-Centre currently accepts applications for four scholarships for a duration of 4 semesters (2 years) for master students from the Global South. The scholarships are given to successful applicants from October 2022 until September 2024 as follows:

      – 1 full scholarship for 4 semesters to study the course “Engineering Geohazards M.Sc.” at RWTH Aachen University, Germany
      – 1 full scholarship for 4 semesters to study the course “Sustainable Management Water and Energy M.Sc.” at RWTH Aachen University, Germany
      – 1 full scholarship for 4 semesters to study the course “Tropical Forestry M.Sc.” at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
      – 1 full scholarship for 4 semesters to study the course “ Hydro Science and Engineering M.Sc.” at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

      III. Who can apply?

      Students from the Global South who have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and who successfully applied to one of the four Master courses:

      – “ Engineering Geohazards M.Sc.” at RWTH Aachen University
      – “ Sustainable Management Water and Energy M.Sc.” at RWTH Aachen University
      – “ Tropical Forestry M.Sc.” at Technische Universität Dresden
      – “ Hydro Science and Engineering M.Sc.” at Technische Universität Dresden

      Without the admission to one of these programs, scholarships cannot be given.

      IV. What do the scholarships entail?

      The scholarship consists of a mobility component, a component for accommodation and living expenses and a component for insurances. These are:
      – a monthly amount for accommodation and living expenses: 861€;
      – a monthly amount for insurances: max. 89€;
      – a one-time amount for travel expenses in 2022: max. 500 €.

      V. Application process

      Please send your application with the documents mentioned below in one pdf file to:
      abcd-centre@rwth-aachen.de

      Application deadline for the scholarship: June 15th, 2022.

      The dates and deadlines of the respective Master courses apply.

      The Winter Semester in Germany starts in October 2022. Please inquire the exact dates with the coordinators of the above-mentioned courses. Please bear in mind that introductory programs (e.g. Welcome Weeks) organized by the host universities might take place earlier.

      Documents required:

      1. Recent Curriculum Vitae;
      2. Passport copy;
      3. Bachelor degree certificate or current enrolment certificate with current transcript of records (not older than 3 months) from the home institution;
      4. Abstract of the Bachelor thesis in a subject relevant for the ABCD-Centre (max. 4 pages)
      5. A recent letter of recommendation from an academic supervisor (not older than 3 months); this letter of recommendation has to be specifically written for this scholarship;
      6. Personal motivation for studying one of the 4 Master courses including the motivation to live and study in Germany (max. 3 pages)
      7. Documentation of relevant internships or work experience, if any;
      8. English Certificates (TOEFL Test minimum score 550 paper based, 213 computer based test, IELTS (band 6)
      9. Description of planned contributions to the ABCD-Centre (max. 1 page), e.g. willingness to:

      1. co-organize events with other Master students on the theme of water and climate adaptation;
      2. engage with student communities at host institutions (e.g. for environmental or social causes);
      3. contribute to the outreach activities of the ABCD-Centre;
      4. participate in events of the ABCD-Centre;
      5. present results of Master thesis.

      VI. Selection criteria and process

       

      1. The application needs to be complete to be considered;
      2. The ABCD-Centre advocates equal opportunities and diversity;
      3. The selection is based on merit. A very good academic record, the quality of the recommendation letters and the demonstration of the personal motivation of the applicant are important;
      4. Preference is given to applicants who are willing to contribute to the ABCD-Centre’s outreach agenda;
      5. Demonstration of English skills and communication skills is important;
      6. The selection will be conducted by the Steering Committee of the ABCD-Centre.
      7. The ABCD-Centre will announce a positive selection result within four weeks after the application deadline. Please refrain from inquiries until then.

      VII. Important information

      1. A mandatory experience report has to be handed in after 2 semesters (intermediary report, max. 2-4 pages) and after successfully completing the Master course (final report, max. 4-6 pages).
      2. Please contact your local International Office and a local DAAD office for general enquiries for your stay in Germany.
      3. The funding rules and regulations by the DAAD under the program “Global Centres for Climate and Environment” apply.
      4. After the selection the scholarship recipient has to confirm in a binding manner the acceptance of the scholarship.

      Contact: abcd-centre@rwth-aachen.de

      Upcoming Events

    • Annual Symposium on Water Security and Climate Change Adaptation

      • DECEMBER 01-03 2022
      • LOCATION: BANGKOK
    • 23rd congress IAHR APD

      • DECEMBER 14-17 2022
      • LOCATION: ICSR, IIT MADRAS, CHENNAI, INDIA

    Hybrid-Steering Committee Meeting

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    Dr. V. Sundar, Professor Emeritus from the Department of Ocean Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, delivered a lecture on "Multi-functional aspects of wave energy converters (WEC)" at RWTH Aachen University on 22nd June 2022

    Prof. Sundar's guest speech on the 13th of June in Coastal Engineering course

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