Indian Master's students visiting as part of the IISER MPG Master's internship program

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology is continuing its partnership with the Indian Institutes for Science Education and Research (IISERs) as part of the Max Planck Society's cooperation program launched in 2023 to enable research stays at Max Planck Institutes for talented Master's students from India. The aim of the program is to promote early interaction between Max Planck Institutes and outstanding Indian students. Both parties can get to know each other better through a research stay for Master's students, lasting 6-9 months during the course of their Master's thesis.

At the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), Department of Climate Physics, we welcome Shreyas Iyer (IISER in Pune) and Tanisha Garg (IISER in Kolkata). Mr. Iyer already started in June and will be part of the Stratospheric Forcing and Climate group, led by Dr. Claudia Timmreck, until 31.03.2025. He is currently investigating how stratospheric aerosols released by volcanic eruptions affect monsoon systems around the world. Shreyas Iyer explains: “I will be analysing simulations at the MPI-M to determine how the location and intensity of eruptions influence the characteristics of monsoon regions”.

Tanisha Garg is a Master student with Dr. Julia Windmiller (MPI-M) and Dr. Raphaela Vogel (University of Hamburg) in the period 17.06.24 - 11.04.25. The title of her Master's project is "Determination of vertical air motion in rain-bearing trade wind clouds using high-resolution radar Doppler spectra". In her work, Tanisha Garg will investigate the formation of cloud holes (cloud-free zones) during cold pools. Cold pools form in the aftermath of precipitation in an unsaturated sub-cloud layer. Ms Garg explains: "It is not known how cold pools influence the overall cloud cover and thus the Earth's radiation budget. That's why we want to understand them better."

For both Master students it is their first visit to Germany. What immediately caught his eye in Hamburg was the wide variety of architectural styles: "The facades of so many buildings have intricate designs (especially the pilasters around the windows). Not too far from the glass modernism of the MPI building, you are greeted by the older styles, and it often feels like travelling through time." Tanisha Garg remarks: “It is great to see how friendly this city is to cyclists.”

Further Information


Dr. Ulrike Kirchner
Research Coordinator Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
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Dr. Christiane Haupt
Max Planck Society - Department for International Relations
Asia Commissioner
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Poonam Sehgal Suri
Representative of Max Planck Society (India Office)
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