Challenging stereotypes and carving paths through adversity, the book ‘Women in the Wild’ narrates the awe-inspiring tales of female biologists who defy gender biases and navigate daunting terrains. In this book review, Devanshi Gupta shares their stories not only to celebrate achievements but also to beckon a future where diversity and dedication triumph in the realm of field biology.
Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowships program aims to support the return of early-career life scientists (with at least three years of international postdoctoral training) to India. This article highlights the several modifications this program has undergone, reflective of the need to align with the changing needs and challenges of life science research in India.
The Anusandhan National Research Foundation (NRF) Bill 2023 in India aims to enhance research funding in universities and colleges, yet concerns persist regarding its autonomy and operational effectiveness. In this article from our current conversation series, Joel P. Joseph discusses the 'what' and 'how' of the NRF bill.
In the intriguing world of Science Gallery Bengaluru’s exhibition, CARBON, an ongoing experiment by researchers from the Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, broadly relates to the question of the origins of life from non-living sub-components. Jīvāṇu, as this exhibit is named, is a replicative study based on a previous study by Indian researchers to determine whether simple chemicals can form the building blocks of life, thereby giving rise to a precursor of living cells.
The evolving purpose of research publications has shifted from information sharing to being used as research assessment tools. In today’s world, there are challenges in reproducing research findings, which calls for robust research documentation and data sharing. This article highlights the importance of open lab environments and institute-level strategies to enhance research reproducibility.