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The German Embassy in New Delhi and the German Research Foundation (DFG) has decided to organise a Grand Science Slam on Saturday, 27th October 2012. An Indo-German Urban Mela, from all fields of science including humanities and social sciences, will also be organized.

It is a great opportunity for the young scientists and science enthusiasts to showcase their best and most interesting scientific projects to eminent researchers and the general public during the mela. They can also choose topics from medicine / physiology, “green” life sciences, physics / mathematics, geo sciences, chemistry and process engineering / engineering, informatics and social sciences.

According to Michael Steiner, the German Ambassador to India said that Indo-German cooperation in science and technology is a defining pillar for both the nations. The new German House for Research and Innovation will be a scientific hub for young talents and a landmark for innovation which benefits India as well as Germany. New Delhi is one of the five focal points for enhanced German academic and research cooperation, along with Sao Paolo (Brazil), Moscow (Russia), New York (USA) and Tokyo (Japan), he added.

As per the concept of Grand Science Slam, the Director of German Research Foundation (DFG) and official coordinator of German House in New Delhi- Dr. Torsten Fischer says, “The Grand Science Slam is a great opportunity for Indian researchers to showcase their knowledge of science in the presence of a distinguished gathering of very senior researchers. The shortlisted participants from each of the six streams will be required to publicly display complex scientific concepts in a very simple form in a Science Slam.”

The schedule includes, a ten minute research presentation would be organized by young participating scientists. Two of the brilliant finalists will be chosen as winners of the Grand Science Slam, among which one of the awards will be decided by the Jury and the other by the general public sitting in audience. Each of the winners will be awarded a fully paid learning opportunity to work in the research group of an eminent researcher in Germany.