Indo-German Symposium (IGS) 2018

Every second year, AISA e.V., one of Aachen’s largest student Associations organizes the Indo-German Symposium, which sees a unique gathering of Academia, Industrialists, Government Officers and Students deliberate on key aspects of a current issue. This time, organised in Association with India in Germany (Consulate General of India, Frankfurt) and the RWTH Aachen University – International Office, IGS will look deeper into the challenges of implementing advanced technologies in Sustainable Energy in developing economies. 

“Sustainable Energy – Stepping Stone for Developing Economies”

Affordable and Clean Energy’ is the one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations and the global transition towards environmentally benign energy solutions is indeed the most important quest of the 21st century. Germany is the leading country towards this energy transition, ‘Energewende’, has so much to offer for collaboration towards solving this global quest. India is one of the fastest growing countries, which has already taken first steps towards renewable energy and e-mobility. Moreover, the challenges of implementing advanced sustainable energy-related technologies in a cost-effective and frugal manner in developing economies are unique! With the already existing partnership between Germany and India, it is the right time to collaborate between the vast Indian market and German technical competency. 

IGS 2018 will feature:

– Key Note Lectures
– Student Lightning Talks
– Panel Discussions and Debates
– Networking Session

The historic city of Aachen being a hub of technology and industrial ingenuity provides the perfect atmosphere for “Thinking the Future” in November this year!


6th Floor, SuperC, RWTH Aachen. Templergraben 55, 52062 Aachen.


14th November 2018. Registration Opens 1430hrs. Event begins at 1500hrs.


Time                      Agenda

14:30 – 15:00:     Registration

15:00 – 15:15:     Event kick-off and Opening Remarks by the honorable Consul General of India in Frankfurt, Smt. Pratibha Parkar

15:15 – 15:25      Notes from the Rector – Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. mult. Ulrich Rüdiger

15:25 – 15:45:     Keynote Speech – Prof. Thomas Gries, Director, Institute of Textile Technology, RWTH Aachen – “Frugal Innovations from Industry 4.0 in Textile Engineering for improved energy utilization”

15:45 – 16:05:     Keynote Speech – Dr. Lothar Mennicken, Referatsleiter, Federal Ministry of Education and Research – “Energiewende – A Model for Developing Countries? The German R&D&I Program for a Sustainable Energy System”

16:05 – 16:15:     Lightning Talks

16:15 – 16:50:     Coffee Break & Poster Presentations

16:50 – 17:10:     Keynote Speech – Mr. Demijan Panic, Expert Engineer, Decentral Energy Systems, E.ON SE – “Affordable integration of renewables using new innovative solutions”

17:10 – 17:30:     Keynote Speech – Mr. Rohit Sen, Strategic Cooperation and Business Development Manager, Bettervest GmbH – “Innovation in Energy Access for Sustainable Development”

17:30 – 17:50:     Keynote Speech – Prof. Dirk Uwe Sauer, Chair for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA), RWTH Aachen – “Demand and options for a CO2-free energy supply”

17:50 – 18:05:     Short Break

18:05 – 18:55:     Panel Discussion – Challenges in Implementing Sustainable Energy Solutions in Developing Economies
Panelists: Prof. Sauer, Mr. Sen, Dr. Mennicken, Prof. Albert Moser (Director, Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics, RWTH Aachen) and Prof. Antonello Monti (Director, Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen). 
Moderated by Dr. Amool Raina, Head – Aerospace Engineering and Manufacturing Program, Institute of Textile Technology, RWTH Aachen.

18:55 – 19:05:     Closing Remarks from Dr. Satish Batra, Founder and President of HORIZON Industrial Group, Head of the German Indian Round Table (GIRT) in Aachen


19:05 – 19:15:     Wind-up and Vote of Thanks

19:15 – 20:30:     Dinner and Networking