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.