Invitation: India Hamburg Smart Cities and Renewable Energy Convention

September 11th – 13th, Hamburg, Germany

After consulting the General Consulate of India in Hamburg Germany and other local stakeholders, the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency prepared the three day “India Hamburg Smart Cities und Renewable Energy Convention” in connection with the India Week Hamburg 2013 for you.


The “Hidden Champions” and the India Challenge

Invitation to an upcoming event:

The “Hidden Champions” and the India Challenge:
Market Entry and Cultivation Strategies for German “Mittelstand”

India has emerged as an important powerhouse of economic growth with global ramifications. An emerging and aspiring middle class, remarkable technological capabilities, integration in the global governance structures, and a supportive demographic structure coupled with the enormous need for modernization and upgrading of the country’s physical infrastructure provide an unparalleled avenue of economic growth for many coming decades. The “hidden champions” consisting of the renowned German “Mittelstand” (small and mid-sized firms) can participate in this growth story and help shape the Indian dream for “inclusive growth”. However, the long-term opportunities of engaging India seem too daunting for many a “hidden champion” owing to both real and perceived challenges in overcoming bureaucratic and market hurdles. At the same time, German firms would be ill-advised to ignore this market and leave the growth to their rivals from other (emerging market) multinationals.


Open House for all Germany-based PIOs/Indians at Indian Embassy in Berlin

We are pleased to publish here a press release (PDF, approx. 400 KB)  by the Indian Consulate General in Hamburg.


Dear Sir / Madam,

The Embassy of India, Berlin will be organizing an Open House for all PIOs/Indians in Germany on 16th February, 2013 from 1100 hrs to 1600 hrs. The Open House would be held under the theme ‘Connecting with other Indians in Germany – Building Networks’ and would be part of the Days of India Celebrations.

Those interested to attend may please register themselves by visiting the website of the Embassy of India, Berlin ( The registration for the event is open from January 1 to February 12, 2013 at

All Indian nationals / members of Indian diaspora in the jurisdiction of this Consulate are cordially invited to attend the event and are requested to register themselves with the Embassy of India, Berlin for active participation in the Open House.

Warm regards,

Consulate General of India
Graumannsweg 57
22087 Hamburg
Tel: +49 (040) 338036 / 324744
Fax: +49 (040) 323757
Facebook: Consulate General of India, Hamburg
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DESY cooperates with Indian research centre

Agreement opens up top-class light sources to the Indian science community

Today (21.12.2011), in the Hamburg City Hall, an agreement was signed in the presence of Hamburg’s Science Senator and Second Mayor Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt that defines Indian participation at the X-ray sources PETRA III and FLASH. With this, the contracting partners DESY and Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP, India) concretise a general cooperation agreement which was concluded in May this year during the visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel to India. For five years, more than 3500 hours of measuring time at DESY research facilities will be made available to Indian scientists for their own and for joint research projects with DESY. In return, India contributes with a total of 14 million euros to the construction of the PETRA III extension at DESY, the world’s most brilliant synchrotron radiation source.

Professor Helmut Dosch, Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors: “This is a classical win-win situation. Large-scale research always was a forerunner of international cooperation, and at our top-class light sources, we bring together extremely talented and dedicated scientists from India and Germany.” Professor Helmut Dosch, Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors: “This is a classical win-win situation. Large-scale research always was a forerunner of international cooperation, and at our top-class light sources, we bring together extremely talented and dedicated scientists from India and Germany.”

DESY’s modern synchrotron radiation source PETRA III and the world’s first free-electron laser for soft X-ray light FLASH offer unique research possibilities and a great potential for innovative scientific experiments. Therefore, they are extremely attractive for the well-developed and highly qualified science community of India. PETRA III, which took up regular user operation in 2011, currently provides 14 beamlines of highly-intensive X-ray light for research. From 2013 to 2014, the facility will be extended with two additional experimental halls, hosting another ten beamlines in total.

India is planning to build an own synchrotron radiation source of the third generation for high-energy photons; thus, the country is very much interested in training young scientists at the DESY experimental facilities.

Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Second Mayor and Senator for Science and Research: “I am very glad that the cooperation agreement between DESY in Hamburg and Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP) in Kolkatais now successfully concluded. Already for several years, Indian scientists and DESY have been working together. The next important step is to further intensify this cooperation and to offer Indian scientists the possibility to participate in nano and materials science experiments. Particularly nanotechnology will be one of the key technologies of the 21th century. Nanotechnology has the potential to find important technological solutions for the major social challenges of our times, for example in the field of energy supply and climate protection. I am sure that this agreement is advantageous for both parties and will offer many new insights.”

Furthermore, DESY and SINP are discussing whether there are possibilities for additional cooperation in the field of particle physics and accelerators’ instrumentation.


Source: DESY press release dated 21.12.2011

Press Release: Grassroot Innovations Open New Avenues for Indo-German Collaboration

GIRT sees the fourth India Week Hamburg as an ideal platform to further boost bilateral relations

Hamburg (11.10.2011): India has emerged as a hotbed for low-cost, frugal innovations. Buoyed by the entrepreneurial spirit of India’s large private sector and a growing middle class, firms of all sizes and nationalities with a base in India have churned out several affordable and innovative products. “Aakash”, the latest tablet PC priced at about € 35, which has been recently launched in India is an excellent example of such ideas and business model innovations emanating from the Subcontinent.

Many local users in India’s rural areas come up with inventions that are not only innovative and useful but also less expensive than the usual solutions available in the market. Another important feature of grassroot innovations is that they are generally environment friendly and in sync with the given infrastructural conditions. Examples of such innovations include water-based cooling systems that do not require electricity, or non-sticky frying pans made of earth.

Interestingly, India’s emergence as “innovation hub” for low-cost, frugal innovations, often directed at the bottom of the economic pyramid have gone hand-in-hand with increasing exports of engineering goods made in India. The volume of India’s export of engineering goods has increased more than 10-fold in the past 15 years, reaching nearly $ 70 billion. Germany alone imported engineering goods worth $ 11 billion from India in the last fiscal year.

“We see India rapidly emerging as a lead market for frugal innovations”, says Rajnish Tiwari, Head of German-Indian Round Table (GIRT) in Hamburg. Tiwari, who in his capacity as leader of “Research Project Global Innovation” at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) has done extensive studies on India’s innovative capacities and Indo-German business relations, sees the suitability of India’s frugal technologies extending especially to markets in South Asia, Africa and Latin America, where many countries have similar socio- economic and geographical structures. He advocates German firms’ participation to realize what his colleague Dr. Stephan Buse from TUHH calls is a “win-win proposition”.

TUHH and GIRT have therefore decided to hold a symposium on the theme of “Grassroot Innovations: New Opportunities for Indo-German Cooperation?” to explore the possibility of joint commercialization of innovations coming from India’s both formal and non-formal sectors. Grassroot innovations in India have been supported and popularized by untiring and inspiring efforts of Prof. Anil Gupta of Honey Bee Network. Several renowned experts, including Prof. Gupta, will participate in a symposium on 20th October 2011 at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. The symposium is being held as a part of the fourth “India Week Hamburg”. GIRT, along with its partners, is co-organizing the following events during the India Week:

We invite all interested persons and firms to participate in these events. The participation is free of charge but requires a prior registration for organizational reasons. All further information can be accessed via:

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About German-Indian Round Table (GIRT)

The German-Indian Round Table (GIRT) was founded by Rudolf Weiler in 2001 and forms a loose federation of businessmen and entrepreneurs with strong ties and interests in India. GIRT’s objective is to inform about India and to strengthen Indo-German business relations. GIRT’s local chapters are organised regularly in Aachen, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart in Germany and New Delhi/Gurgaon, Pune and Coimbatore in India. GIRT connects about 3,000 people from the Indo-German business community. The Chairman, as well as the respective heads of local sections, of GIRT work on an honorary basis. Since February 2010 Dr. Andreas Waldraff from Berlin is the chairman of GIRT.

The Hamburg Chapter of GIRT is headed by Mr. Rajnish Tiwari from Hamburg University of Technology (TU Hamburg-Harburg). Mr. Tiwari works there as a Research Associate at the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management and leads the Research Project “Global Innovation” ( He has done extensive research on Indo-German business relations and is a co-initiator of the India Week in Hamburg ( Further information about GIRT in Hamburg can be accessed at:

India Week in Hamburg (

Kontakt GIRT Hamburg:

Rajnish Tiwari
GIRT Hamburg
c/o TU Hamburg-Harburg
Institut TIM (W-7)
Schwarzenbergstr. 95
D-21073 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40-42878 3776
Fax +49 (0)40-42878 2869

Pressekontakt GIRT:

Sven Andressen
Redaktion GIRT-Blatt
c/o Indien Aktuell Business Düsseldorf/Bremen
Post: Kaiserswerther Markt 51
D-40489 Düsseldorf, Germany

Tel. +49 (0)421-51660465
Fax +49 (0)421-51660466
Mobile +49 (0)179-60811602

Pressekontakt India Week:

Johannes Freudewald
Büro für Medienarbeit
Post: Osterstr. 58
D-20259 Hamburg, Germany

Tel. +49 (0)40-37420352
Fax +49 (0)40-37420353
Mobile +49 (0)176-43005016