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1 Lively activities in India (Nov 2015, JK, SSK, etc.) The India initiative of the University of Würzburg got underway about six years ago and has continued to develop and expand since then, see also the following report on activities in autumn. The initiative owes its success to this different, but interlocking approaches: 1. Taking up funding opportunities Since 2010, successful applications in several rounds and in both funding lines of the DAAD A New Passage to India program. This enabled the establishment and expansion of the Center for Modern India Würzburg ZMIW, India Center for short, as well as a mobility program funded with a total of 260 T for students from Würzburg and, since 2013, also from India. While the ZMIW will be funded until the end of 2017, the mobility program will expire in mid-2016 at the latest. However, at the beginning of October 2015 a government agreement on German-Indian partnerships in university cooperation (DIP) was signed, which will replace and even expand the previous mobility program from mid-2016. Preparations for our university's participation are already under way. 2014/2015 Participation in the application, development and co-creation of the BMBF project M.S. Merian R. Tagore International Center of Advanced Studies Metamorphoses of the Political (ICAS: MP), see below. 2. Involvement of Indian partners Most projects require the conclusion of official cooperation agreements (MoUs). Existing contacts were used or established for MoUs with the most suitable Indian partners. Ten MoUs have been extended or newly concluded since 2010, including with leading central universities and research institutions (JNU, UoH, NCBS, IISc, TIFR-CAM, IIT Madras, NUJS Kolkata). New cooperation-related agreements are in preparation. 3. Networking inside and outside the university Early registration of all those at the university who already have contacts or collaborations with India. These (also personal) contacts and collaborations were and are of extraordinary value for the initiative. Scientific, social and cultural events related to India, including in cooperation with the alumni office, graduate schools, German-Indian society (e.g. India week, Diwali celebration, international evening) Regular and ad hoc information for this group of people through reports, especially about new funding opportunities, and advice from own project. Establishing and maintaining good contacts with relevant funding and scientific organizations as well as with diplomatic missions in Germany and India and with the international offices of the Indian partner institutions. Incorporation of India as a development focus in an internationalization strategy of the university 3. Development and promotion of own initiatives Targeted search for new cooperation partners or areas. An example of this is the delegation trip reported below, for which BayFOR was able to apply for funding.

2 Further development of perfect matches, i.e. from getting to know each other about the similarities in research goals and the resulting joint research projects. Examples of this are many activities within the framework of the India Center and also the cooperations in mathematics and animal ecology mentioned below. These could be supported by the A New Passage to India program, among others. International Center of Advanced Studies starts work October 2015 saw a wide range of activities at our university in the partner country India. The fact that this coincided with the Indo-German government consultations at which Chancellor Angela Merkel and several ministers were on the 5th / in New Delhi and Bengaluru (Bangalore) was a coincidence, but not entirely without connection: had in the final communiqué of the consultations the Chancellor and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the new MS Merian R. Tagore International Center of Advanced Studies Metamorphoses of the Political (ICAS: MP) as the centerpiece for ambitious research projects and a visible platform for the exchange between outstanding scientists from both countries. The establishment of such a center was put out to tender by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in September 2013 and a German-Indian consortium with significant Würzburg participation was awarded the contract last year, initially for a planning phase from mid-2015 to mid-2015 with the Indian government about the further project phases is still pending. The first ICAS: MP planning meeting took place in October at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) in New Delhi. For this purpose, Prof. Heidrun Brückner and Prof. Elisabeth Schömbucher-Kusterer, the German coordinators of the thematic module Performing Gender: Negotiating Space in Civil Society and Dr. Barbara Lotz (all Indology), Prof. Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet with her colleagues Philipp Gieg and Timo Lowinger as well as PD Michael Becker and Dr. Matthias Gsänger (all Institute for Political Science and Sociology - IPS), Prof. Isabel Karremann (English Literature and Cultural Studies) and Prof. Regina Egetenmeyer (adult education / continuing education). All of them have been working together for a long time in the DAAD-funded Center for Modern India at the University of Würzburg (ZMIW). Together with their Indian module partners from various universities, especially the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi, the agenda of the module was set out and the topics of the upcoming workshops and conferences determined, which will bring the center to life in 2016. The module deals with aspects such as gender equality from the perspective of political theory and international relations, gender performativity in literature and media, and the influence of educational programs on gender equality. From left: Dr. B. Lotz, Prof. J. Nair (JNU), Prof. H. Brückner, Prof. E. Schömbucher-Kusterer

3 From left: Prof. U.S. Bava (JNU), Prof. G. Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, P. Gieg. T. Lowinger, Dr. K. Dara (Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi), PD M. Becker, Dr. M. Gsänger, Prof. I. Karremann ICAS website: MP: Prof. Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet also completed a visiting professorship at the Department of Political Science at Panjab University in Chandigarh. There, as well as at the JNU in New Delhi, she gave guest lectures on current challenges facing the European Union and, together with Philipp Gieg, on the basics of European integration. PD Michael Becker also spent several days at Panjab University in Chandigarh and spoke about Haberma's theory of communicative action. Dr. Matthias Gsänger attended the Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, where he gave a guest lecture on John Dewey. Prof. G. Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet giving a lecture at Panjab University Chandigarh India remains the most important international cooperation partner of the Institute for Political Science and Sociology in both teaching and research. This is also expressed in the fact that a new edition of the Würzburg Working Papers on Political Science and Social Research (WAPS) was published parallel to the Würzburg delegation's visit to India. Exploring Emerging India Eight Essays brings together contributions from Indian guest professors as well as professors and staff from the IPS and the University of Würzburg. Download: go.uniwue.de/waps7. Infection biologists found out about opportunities for cooperation on site. For the first time, five infection biologists from Würzburg traveled to India to talk to colleagues at three partner institutions about joint projects

4 To inform and advise research projects and other possibilities for scientific collaboration. Modern infection research has been experiencing an upswing in India for some time, also and especially at the Würzburg partner institutions. It therefore seemed high time to actively seek new contacts and opportunities for cooperation. The delegation consisted of Prof. Thomas Rudel, Chair of Microbiology at the Biozentrum, Prof. Jörg Vogel, Director of the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB) and the group leaders Dr. Cynthia Sharma (IMIB), Dr. Bhupesh Prusty (Microbiology Biozentrum) and the scientific coordinator of the IMIB, Dr. Stan Gorski. Dr. Stephan Schröder-Köhne (UWGS, coordinator of the DAAD A New Passage to India mobility program for Würzburg students) and Prof. Jürgen Kreft, who combined the delegation visit with their annual coordination trip to the Indian partners. As part of a full-day workshop at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore, the German delegation members and their potential local partners presented their respective research areas in lectures and discussed starting points, scope and possibilities for future joint research projects and funding applications. The lecture event was supplemented by laboratory tours to get to know the equipment. The following day, the exchange of information and opinions at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), also in Bangalore, was continued and deepened. The considerations and preparations for promising joint projects are to be continued on both sides over the next few months. Opening of the workshop at the NCBS (J. Kreft) Prof. Rudel at the lecture Workshop participants discussion at the IISc (right: Prof. Rudel, Dr. Gorski; opposite 5th & 6th from left, Dr. Schröder-Köhne, Dr. Sharma) At the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi there was a workshop with the same objective, where the numerous interlocutors of the Würzburg delegates came from the

5 molecular medicine, biotechnology and the other life sciences. The discussions about joint projects that began during the lunch break and after the thematically diverse lectures should be continued individually. Workshop opening at the JNU (Prof. V. Sahni, Chief Advisor International Cooperation JNU) Participant Lecture Prof. Vogel Memento for Dr. B. Prusty (right) In the evening, the Würzburg delegates met with the head of the India Office of the DFG, Dr. A. Hansen, together. The funding opportunities that the DFG can offer together with its institutional partners in India, especially DBT (Dept. of Biotechnology) and INSA (Indian National Science Academy), were discussed. The delegation trip was initiated, prepared and organized by Prof. Kreft, who, as the representative of the Vice President for International Relations, has been trying hard to develop relations with India for years. A grant from the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) from their funding program for the initiation of international research collaborations (BayIntAn) to Prof. Rudel secured the financing of the infection researchers' trip. Dr. Schröder-Köhne and Prof. Kreft stayed in Delhi and had information talks with the DAAD office there and the new head of the science and culture department of the German embassy. Above all, the agreement on Indo-German partnerships in university cooperation (DIP / IGP) signed at the government consulations was discussed. On the evening of the 8th, many people from Würzburg met at the reception that the new Ambassador Dr. Ney on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the treaty for German unity.

6 dinner with the head of the DFG India Office, Dr. A. Hansen (left center) DAAD Delhi: S. Schröder-Köhne, J. Kreft, Program Officer Ms. P. Midha (from left to right) DAAD office Delhi, with Ms. S. Sinha, Senior Adviser Internat. Cooperat. (Center) German embassy, ​​with whom the head of the science and culture department, S. Lanzinger (center), cooperation partners from Würzburg and Delhi as well as Würzburger A New Passage to India met scholars at the embassy reception in Bangalore as well as at the JNU New Delhi Dr. Schröder-Köhne and Prof. Kreft with former and future Indian scholarship holders of the A New Passage to India mobility program, in New Delhi there were also students from Würzburg who were currently at the JNU. These meetings served to keep in contact with the Passage Alumni, to advise scholarship holders coming to Würzburg shortly and to bring together former, current and future passengers and thus promote an exchange of experiences among them.

7 Meetings with alumni and passengers at the NCBS and at the JNU Research cooperation in mathematics and animal ecology further expanded From October, Prof. Christian Klingenberg (Mathematical Fluid Mechanics) was again on a short stay at the renowned Tata Institute for Fundamental Research Center for Applicable Mathematics (TIFR-CAM ) in Bangalore. There has been an intensive and very successful collaboration between AG Klingenberg and its Indian colleagues since 2012. Lecturers from Bangalore came and still come frequently to Würzburg, in particular Prof. Praveen Chandrashekar is a regular guest, there are almost weekly video conferences and a whole series of joint publications. A former Humboldt fellow in the Würzburg working group, U. Koley, now has a faculty position at TIF-CAM, students and doctoral candidates have been and will be exchanged within the framework of the DAAD A New Passage to India mobility program. The Würzburg animal ecologist Prof. Thomas Schmitt (Biozentrum) was again in India in September and early October, partly at the NCBS Bangalore, partly in the north-east Indian mountain region. Together with Dr. Axel Brockmann from the NCBS, Prof. Schmitt and his colleagues, as well as PD Johannes Spaethe (behavioral physiology and sociobiology) investigate questions of chemical and sensory ecology, whereby the Indian environment is particularly suitable for special and comparative studies. A formal research network is being planned in the medium term. At TIFR-CAM: D. Zoar (Passage scholarship holder), Profs. C. Klingenberg, P. Chandrashekar (from left to right) Dr. A. Brockmann at NCBS