IndiaBioscience

Activity

  • Crafting your Career, Kolkata 2019

    This workshop was held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Presidency University. It was attended by ninety nine students across Kolkata from more than 10 academic institutions including from Presidency University.

    The workshop comprised of two sessions. The one in the morning was a hands on training by the IndiaBioscience team. This training oriented the students to understand their skills, interests and values to find matching career options. It also trained them on researching various career options, navigating the job application process, preparing compelling CVs and resumes, and how to network efficiently. Further, it touched upon the standards of professionalism and work ethics and the critical need of sound mentoring throughout one’s career progression.

    The afternoon session featured talks by successful science professionals across the spectrum (academic research, education, data science, technical marketing, science management, science communication and outreach). The speakers shared their career journey with the students, inspiring them to think unconventionally and along what they would find most fulfilling.

    Feedback from Students

    Students (who were mostly pursuing their Masters, few PhDs and research scholars) indicated that the found the sessions useful in planning their future career and that they would recommend this workshop to others.

  • National Consultation Meeting under PMMMNMTT

    Teaching Learning Centre, NITTTR Bhopal is organized a “National Consultation Meeting” on 5th & 6th September 2019. The objectives of the meeting were:

    • Share achievements, teaching and learning deliverables, of centres under PMMMNMTT.

    • Disseminate success stories of centres under PMMMNMTT.

    • Formulate sustainability policies of centres and mission.

    • Explore avenues of vocationalisation of higher education towards employment, entrepreneurship and start-up.

    We presented the achievements of Subject-based network creation of life science educators.

  • Regional Young Investigators’ Meeting - Delhi

    IndiaBioscience has been organizing Young Investigators’ Meetings (YIM) over the past 11 years to enable and provide a platform for intellectual exchange among young scientists across different scientific disciplines. In order to allow more such interactions to happen at a local level, Regional Young Investigator meetings (RYIM) were begun in 2018.

    The first two Regional YIMs in Hyderabad and Kolkata were highly successful and allowed researchers from across disciplines to come together to collaborate and share their expertise.

    The third meeting in a row, RYIM - Delhi was held on 6-7 August 2019 at NIPGR, Delhi. The meeting was organised by Jagadis Gupta Kapuganti and Senthil-Kumar Muthappa from NIPGR, Divya Chandran, Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), Mukesh Jain, Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University (JNU), and Rohini Garg, Shiv Nadar University.

    On behalf of IndiaBioscience - Smita Jain gave an overview of IndiaBioscience and insisted upon having more such meetings at the regional level to foster networking and collaborations. Manjula Harirkrishna presented the IndiaBiocience poster and it was well-received by the attendees.

    The meeting united active academic researchers, industry representatives, funding body representatives, and students from across Delhi.

    A detailed report of this meeting was covered by Aditi Jain.

  • Careers in Science Talk at MACFAST College, Tiruvalla

    As part of the G.N. Rakmachandran Science Club activity at School of Life Sciences, MACFAST College, Tiruvalla, Smita Jain was invited to give a talk on ‘Science Careers’ to the master level students pursuing courses in Biotechnology (Animal and Plant), Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. All the students of the Life Sciences attended an hour-long talk that elaborated on the current trends of the field, the different career avenues and best ways to craft and navigate through careers.

    The talk that was listened very patiently by the students and was followed by a very good discussion session where students opened up and asked several questions related to their careers and speakers’ journey. As part of the visit, The Head of the Life Sciences department, Biju Dharmapalan also interviewed Smita Jain that was recorded for the college radio for the benefit of their listeners.
    The discussion revolved around careers and the best way to navigate it.

  • India Alliance Fellow Meeting 2019

    IndiaBioscience was invited to be part of the India Alliance Fellows Meeting 2019 in Bangalore from 13-15 June 2019. Smita Jain, Manjula Harikrishna, Lakshmi Ganesan represented IndiaBioscience at the event. They presented the IndiaBioscience work poster and interacted to the India Alliance fellows and other participants. IndiaBioscience brochures were distributed during the meeting to the attendees. The event was covered by live tweets on social media.

    The poster was well received by the participants and they showed genuine interest in engaging with IndiaBioscience. IndiaBioscience could make connections with many active researchers during the course of three days.

    IAFM 2019


    The detailed report can be read here.

  • Crafting your Career, Mumbai 2019

    This workshop aimed to introduce PhD and MSc students in the life sciences to various career options that are presently available in the Indian scientific ecosystem, as well as enable them to make informed choices by evaluating their own abilities and inclinations. The workshop was co-organized by IndiaBioscience, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, and The Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Navi Mumbai.

    The morning session of the workshop consisted of talks by seven different science professionals who discussed their individual career journeys and the opportunities available in their field of work. The speakers for this session were - Savita Ayyar (Jaquaranda Tree), Vishakha Mangale (OmiX Research and Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd), Debjani Paul (IIT Bombay), Lipika Sahoo (LifeIntelect), Subhojit Sen (CEBS, University of Mumbai), Swagata Chakraborty (Educational Initiative Trust) and Cheryl Travasso (Edelman India). The presentations for all the talks can be found here.

    The second session consisted of a hands-on interactive workshop conducted by IndiaBioscience trainers Smita Jain, Lakshmi Ganesan and Shreya Ghosh. The session included modules wherein students were trained to evaluate their individual skills, interests and values, research career options thoroughly, conduct informational interviews, build skills for their chosen career path, navigate the job application process, build, grow and maintain their professional networks, understand the concepts of professionalism and work ethics, and finally, harness the power of role models and mentors.

    The workshop was held on 28 April, 2019 at IIT Bombay. The full meeting report will be available soon.

  • Young Investigator Meeting 2019

    The annual Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM) brought together exceptional young and senior scientists, heads of institutions, and representatives from funding agencies for interactions focusing on science careers, mentoring and networking. The program featured illuminating talks and panel discussions by mentors that focused on a wide variety of topics ranging from choosing the right research problem, publishing, personnel management, funding opportunities and mentorship. Senior scientists described their scientific journeys providing inspirational and amusing anecdotes about their experiences with younger scientists who are establishing their careers.

    YIM 2019 was held between 6-10 March 2019 at Guwahati. Read report here. The videos from the conference can be found here.

  • Crafting your Career, Delhi 2019

    IndiaBioscience conducted its first ‘Crafting your Career’ workshop at the Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), Faridabad, on 1 Feb 2019. The workshop was attended by >60 students from throughout the Delhi NCR region.

    During the morning session of the workshop, five different science professionals from various fields spoke about their career paths. The speakers were Suman Govil (Former Senior Advisor, DBT), Subhra Priyadarshini (Nature India), Puneet Gupta (NextGenInvitro Diagnostics Pvt Ltd), Deepak T Nair (RCB), and Syed Tarique Abdullah (LENNOV IP Consultants Pvt. Ltd). The afternoon session consisted of a hands-on interactive workshop where the participants were taught how to choose a career path and navigate it effectively, through training modules on self-assessment, skill-building, networking, job application process, professionalism etc. The trainers for the hands-on workshop were Smita Jain, Lakshmi Ganesan and Shreya Ghosh from IndiaBioscience.

  • Workshop for Women in Science Administration and Management 2018

    The workshop aims to open up new avenues for women in science in the field of Science Administration and Management. The programme is planned to generate a trained workforce to take on emerging roles in the growing scientific enterprise and to raise awareness about other career options in STEM.

    The workshop is organised by the British Council, IISER Pune and IndiaBioscience through the Newton-Bhabha Fund.

    On November 26, 2018, one day prior to the start of the workshop, there will be an Orientation Session on Careers in Science Administration and Management with speakers from India working in related areas. This session was free and open to all. Schedule can be found here.

    The first level of the workshop, which is for 3 days, included up to 50 selected participants and involved in-depth discussions and assignments. About 20 of these participants will have the opportunity to attend a second, advanced level of the workshop scheduled on 10-11 January, 2019 at IISER, Pune.

    Venue: National Centre for Biological Science, Bangalore

    Please click here for more information.


  • Workshop for Women in Science Journalism 2018

    The workshop aims to open up new avenues for women in science in the field of science journalism. The programme is planned to generate a trained workforce to take on emerging roles in the growing scientific enterprise and to raise awareness about other career options in STEM.

    The workshop is organised by the British Council, IISER Pune and IndiaBioscience through the Newton-Bhabha Fund.

    On 12 November, 2018, there was an Orientation Session on Careers in Science Communication/Journalism with speakers from India working in related areas. This session was free and almost 130 people attended the session. The schedule can be found here (link).

    The first level of the workshop began from 13- 15 November 2018, included up to 50 selected participants and involved in-depth discussions and assignments. This workshop was conducted by a team of experienced faculty from Coventry University, UK.

    Venue: National Centre for Biological Science, Bangalore

    Click here for more information.

  • 2nd National Post Doc Symposium 2018 at CCMB Hyderabad

    IndiaBioscience supported the 2nd National Post Doc Symposium 2018 at CCMB, Hyderabad from 3-5 October 2018. Manjula Harikrishna presented the IndiaBioscience poster. IndiaBioscience brochures were distributed during the meeting to the attendees. The event was covered by live tweets on the social media.

    The poster was well received by the participants and they showed genuine interest in engaging with IndiaBioscience. IndiaBioscience could make connect with many active researchers during the course of two days.

    Smita Jain from IndiaBioscience spoke about career avenues for post-docs and about the importance of professional networks.

    The detail report on the meeting and some of the recommendations that came out can be read here.

  • Poster Presentation at India Alliance Fellow Meeting 2018 (IAFM 2018)

    IndiaBioscience was invited to be part of the India Alliance Fellows Meeting in Delhi from 17-19 May 2018. Manjula Harikrishna represented IndiaBioscience at the event and presented the work poster. The poster showcased the variety of activities that IndiaBioscience carries out. Manjula spoke to the India Alliance fellows and other participants about the five major verticals (Networking, Communication, Skill building, Education and Data & policy) under which IndiaBioscience operates. IndiaBioscience brochures were distributed during the meeting to the attendees. The event was covered by live tweets on the social media.

    The poster was well received by the participants and they showed genuine interest in engaging with IndiaBioscience. IndiaBioscience could make connect with many active researchers during the course of two days.

    Read more here.

  • Careers in Science Talk at University of Hyderabad

    An informal session on Careers in Science was planned for the PhD students and post docs of the School of Life Sciences at University of Hyderabad by Sharmistha Mukherjee on 27th April 2018. Smita Jain from IndiaBioscience spoke about the value of a degree in Life Science, the skill sets that one gains in the course of the journey, how these skills come handy when one enters into the professional world and the various different careers that are open in today’s era to the science graduates. It was a very interactive session where the audience had many questions to ask.

  • Young Investigator Meeting 2018

    YIM 2018 was held between 5-8 March 2018 at Thiruvananthapuram. Read report here. The photos of the conference can be found here. The videos from the conference can be found here.


  • Outreach Program-Meet the Scientists

    IndiaBioscience was invited to participate in the “Outreach Program-Meet the Scientists”, that was organized by the International Congress of Cell Biology 2018 as one of the outreach initiatives alongside the scientific meeting. The session was scheduled on 2nd February 2018 at Chalapathi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The session started with a welcome address by Mr. Srinivas Shankar Prasad, Convener, Task Force Committee, EDB, GoAP who is also involved in the skill development program by the Andhra Pradesh Government. “Meet the Scientists” session started with an enlightening session address by Prof. Ian C. Eperon, Chair in Biochemistry, University of Leicester who spoke about his scientific successes and personal journey in a very lucid language. The second talk was by Prof. B Moorthy, Professor of Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine, Houston who urged the students to follow the path of science not just to fulfill their scientific quest but also for the betterment of the society.

    The second session was focused on Careers in Science. Dr. Smita Jain, Associate Director, IndiaBioscience, in her talk, she stressed on the changing scenarios and urged the students to follow their dreams. She said that it has been a norm world over that after graduating with a degree in science, one follows the path of academic research and eventually become an independent researcher making discoveries. However, the time has come when we should start looking at the bigger picture and understand that not everyone with a “degree in science” needs to become an independent researcher.

    Mr. Shyam Suryanarayan, Founder and CEO, SciTal, Bangalore in his talk spoke about assessing the inner self and aligning it well with the external to find the right fit while making career choice. He also spoke about the different options available to the life science graduates in the industry.

    This was followed by the interaction session where students freely asked lots of questions ranging from chasing the right career to some questions related with fundamentals of Biology. Prof. N. Rama Rao, Principal, CIPS, Guntur gave the vote of thanks and expressed his gratitude to the speakers for visiting them that far and addressing the students.

  • Careers In Science


    Click here to read an article about the workshop.

  • ​Poster Presentation at International Congress of Cell Biology 2018 (ICCB 2018)

    Manjula Harikrishna, presented IndiaBioscience's work poster at ICCB 2018. The Poster showcased the variety of activities IndiaBioscience is engaged in. The poster depicted the five major verticals under which IndiaBioscience operates, which are, Networking, Communication, Skill building, Education and Data & policy. In each area, work done in the last few years and its impact on the scientific community was shown through the graphs and the figures.

    The poster was well received by the participants and they showed genuine interest in engaging with IndiaBioscience. IndiaBioscience could make connect with many active researchers during the course of two days.

  • Communicating science out of the lab

    Euraxess India organised an event on 'Communicating science out of the lab’ at Anna University in Chennai on 11th of November 2017.

    This event gave an opportunity for the finalists of the Euraxess Science Slam India 2017 to hone their communication skills and doubled up as a workshop for participants to learn better communication skills. The program included talks by Ainhitze Bravo from Euraxess about educational and research opportunities in Europe, followed by Arnab Bhattacharya from TIFR, who gave spoke about chai and why, a science outreach effort he undertakes. He also gave students practical tips on presentations, posters and scientific writing.

    IndiaBioscience helped organise a talk by Leslee Lazar of IIT Gandhinagar- one of IBS' freelance contributors- at the Chennai event. He talked about designing visuals for communicating scientific research.


  • Open Access Week at IISc

    The DST Centre for Policy Research (DST – CPR) organised an Open Access Week at IISc from 23rd October 2017 to 27th October 2017. The centre was joined by the student’s council at IISc, Centre for Contemporary Studies, JRD Tata Library and IndiaBioscience in organising the event.

    A quiz competition, a poster competition and a panel discussion were organised as part of the week-long activity.The panel discussion focussed on Institutional policies to promote open access. A detailed report on the panel discussion can be found on the IndiaBioscience website, here.

  • Webinar for NIH Postdocs on Career Opportunities in India

    The postdoctoral office is a part of the Office of Intramural Training and Education at the National Institutes of Health, USA, that has a large population of postdoctoral fellows (about 3500). 60% of these fellows are from other countries. Many of them are in the process of making important career decisions and are looking for positions in biomedical research all over the globe.

    Though India is an attractive destination for biomedical research, most of the NIH postdocs appear to be unaware about the plethora of options available here. To fill this need gap, the Office of Intramural Training and Education at the National Institutes of Health, USA with the help of IndiaBioscience organised a webinar that highlighted India as a place to seek opportunities in biomedical research.

    The webinar saw enthusiastic participation from the postdoc community at NIH 29 postdocs attended the event in person and approximately 29 joined from all over the US via internet.

    Nitin Gupta, who is an associate professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an NIH alumnus, spoke to the audience about his career trajectory and journey back home in India from NIH. He spoke about the how one needs to plan the move back and what it takes to settle down and start being productive. He also gave a vivid picture of things that are easy in India and the challenges that exist here.

    LS Shashidhara from IISER Pune, spoke about Science, Technology and Innovation in 21st century in India. He emphasized that now is the right time to be back in India to address the numerous challenges that the Indian society is facing – this will not only give the researchers a niche problem to work on but will also benefit the society at large in the long run. He also spoke about the various schemes, funding opportunities and programs being run by Government of India that are helpful for researchers and educators.

    The question and answer session towards the end saw numerous queries that were answered by LS Shashidhara and Nitin Gupta.

  • Science Administration and Management Workshop for Women in Science 2017-18

    IndiaBioscience attended Science Administration and Management Workshop for Women in Science 2017-18 from 18-21 Sep, 2017 at IISER, Pune.

    The whole objective of the workshop is to generate avenues to retain trained woman power in Science.
    Smita Jain from IndiaBioscience was part of panel discussion on Synergy among Academia, Admin & Grants for working in science: roles and challenges on 18 Sep, 2017. Click here for more information.

  • Careers In Science

    IndiaBioscience organised "Careers in Science" workshop in association with Biological Science Department, IISc on 8 September, 2017. This workshop created an awareness about the various career options available to Masters and PhD level students in biological sciences. A life in academia has always been thought of as the obvious choice for science graduates.

    DBT secretary K. Vijay Raghavan also addressed the workshop audience via skype. He emphasized on the need to look beyond traditional career options in science

    The speakers came from variety of backgrounds including Entrepreneurs, IP experts, sales and marketing professionals and those involved with HR specifically in sciences. The list of speakers is below:

    • Tinto rang - the journey from lab to customers:Fathima Benazir, Cofounder and CEO, Azooka Life Sciences
    • Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Law: Lipika Sahoo, Founder and CEO, LifeIntelect
    • Path Ahead – Science and Market together:Rajesh Nair, CEO, Basil Biosolutions
    • Bridging the Gap - Roadmap to a smooth transition: Shyam Suryanarayan, Founder and CEO, C:\Drive
    • Changing tracks: An unconventional route beyond the lab to integrate people, processes and platforms to accelerate healthcare solutions for the next billion: Swati Subodh, Cofounder, 1M1B Foundation
    • Do you fancy the journey to take science towards its application: Taslimarif Saiyed, CEO, C-CAMP

    IndiaBiosciece was not only instrumental in arranging this line up of speakers but also took care of the other organizational details.

    Through this workshop, we brought students face-to-face with people who have successfully carved a niche for themselves outside of academia. The workshop generated a lot of positive feedback from the participating students.

    The detailed report on the workshop can be found here. Pictures from the event can be found here.

    For more details click here.

  • 7th Conclave of Ramalingaswami Fellows

    “Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship” a re-entry scheme of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India aims to attract highly skilled researchers (Indian nationals) working overseas in various cutting edge disciplines of biotechnology, by providing them an attractive avenue to pursue their R&D interests in Indian institutions. This is a senior fellowship programme. As part of a regular evaluation on their performance, a bi-annual conclave is organised in different parts of the country. The 7th Conclave of Ramalingaswami Fellows was hosted by Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) at Imphal, Manipur from 28th-31st August 2017. This was the first time that this conclave was organized in any North-eastern state. It was attended by about 200 fellows who presented their work.

    Smita Jain from IndiaBioscience was invited to deliver a talk about the IndiaBioscience program to bring awareness among the fellows and to showcase how fellows can utilize the website and the network of IndiaBioscience for their benefit. There was ample opportunity to network with the fellows and IndiaBioscience program was much appreciated by most many.

  • Biennial Meeting of the Indian Society for Developmental Biologists (InSDB)

    IndiaBioscience set up a stall at the Biennial Meeting of the Indian Society for Developmental Biologists at IISER, Pune between 24-27 June 2017.

    Reeteka Sud and Manjula Harikrishna represented IndiaBioscience at the meeting. It was a great opportunity for us to interact with the participants and the members of InSDB. There were almost 245 people present for the meeting. The interaction helped us understand the needs of scientific community and share with them ways of engaging with our platform. We were able to show to the participants the various news articles, grants, events and jobs listed on our website. The meeting helped us create a buzz about our website among the audience. Hopefully, this will help us take IndiaBioscience to more people.

  • Young Scientist Networking Meeting 2017

    IndiaBioscience is co-organising the Young Scientist Networking Meeting (YSN) 2017 between 24 - 25 April 2017 in CRG Barcelona, Spain. The meeting schedule and a list of speakers can be found here.

  • YIM 2017

    YIM 2017 was held between 6-10 March 2017 at Goa. Read interviews with organisers, participants and mentors. Watch this space for updates about photos and videos from the Meeting.

  • Science Communication Workshop: Tangled Bank-2

    IndiaBioscience conducted a science communication workshop "Communicating science through popular media" in the second edition of Tangled Bank, a symposium organised by the students of NCBS’ Ecology and Evolution labs.

  • Tibetan Science Conclave IV

    IndiaBioscience was a co-organiser of the fourth Tibetan Science Conclave held in Bangalore from 15-17 December 2016. Our team conducted workshops on Grant Writing and Science Communication, and arranged visits for the participating students at IISc and TDU, Bangalore.

  • Science Communication Workshop

    IndiaBioscience conducted a Science Communication Workshop at the annual Ravi Sankaran Inlaks Fellows Meet 2016 on 20 September 2016 at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.

  • Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

    The third event in the Wikithon series was held at CES, IISc, Bangalore on 16 July 2016. Read more about this event in The New Indian Express, The Hindu (here and here), and one of our participant's blog. This event also sparked a debate on Wikipedia Signpost about whether or not Wikipedia itself is biased in its criteria for adding more entries on women.

  • DBT Ramalingaswami Fellows Annual Meeting

    We participated in the meeting, interacting with Fellows and informing them about IndiaBioscience.

  • DBT Foldscope Workshops

    IndiaBioscience participated in the DBT-Prakash Lab foldscope workshops between 16-21 December 2015 at Delhi, Guwahati and Kaziranga. Read the blogs here.

  • DWIH Workshop on Women’s Empowerment in a Globalized World

    A discussion of scientific, social and political issues concerning career development of women from early stages to top level management positions through keynote speeches and a panel discussion on 23 November, 2015 jointly organised with Max Planck Society, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and DWIH (German House for Research and Innovation, New Delhi). Find more details about the event here.

  • DWIH Proposal Writing and Grant Management Workshop

    Illustrating methods for writing successful international research proposals, between 21-22 November at Bangalore. Co-organised with the Max Planck Society (MPG) and Freie Universität Berlin India offices. Know more here.

  • India Alliance Annual Fellows Meeting

    IndiaBioscience attended the India Alliance Annual Fellows meeting at Hyderabad from 5-6 November 2015. Read about the meeting here

  • Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

    A virtual wikithon to add and edit pages of Indian Women Scientists.

  • NIH Research Fair 2015

    The WellcomeTrust/DBT India Alliance and IndiaBioscience organised a booth at the NIH Research Fair, USA, between 17-18 September 2015.

  • YIM UK 2015

    The first Young Investigators Meeting in the United Kingdom, between 5-9 September 2015. Co-organised with YIM UK, Cambridge. Read more here.

  • Opportunities in India; Events at The EMBO Meeting 2015

    A session on Opportunities in Indian research on 7 September 2015, and a stall between 6-8 September 2015 at the EMBO meeting, Birmingham, UK. Details here.

  • YIM 2015

    YIM 2015 was organised between March 27- April 1 2015, in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir. Find details , live blogs (Days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and videos.

  • Satellite session at ASCB 2014

    We organised a discussion session on opportunities in Indian academia at ASCB 2014, between 5-10 December, 2014 at Philadephia, USA. Find details here.

  • NextGen Genomics & Bioinformatics Technologies (NGBT) Conference

    Increasing student awareness through a booth and session on funding opportunities at the NGBT 2014 conference, between 17-19 November 2014, Bangalore.

  • Samanway 2014

    We interacted with students and postdocs about opportunities and professional development at the IISc career fair Samanway between 17-18 October 2014 through a booth and a talk.

  • Indian Women in Science Wikipedia edit-a-thon

    The first edition of a series of events to raise the profile of women scientists on one of the most-popular online encyclopaedias - Wikipedia. Participants created and completed profiles of Indian Women in Science on 11 and 14 October 2014. Find more details about the series here.