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About the Webinar

The scientific ecosystem in India is ever-expanding, and more opportunities than ever are present today for those who wish to build their careers in science. This new series of webinars by IndiaBioscience will discuss several such career paths as well as provide the requisite knowledge, tools and techniques for science graduates to navigate and craft their career paths.

For our fourth session, join us to learn more about various aspects of navigating the job application process, including crafting quality CVs and resumes, writing cover letters, and preparing for an interview. We will also be joined by Shivanee Shah, Senior Managing Editor, Impact Science, Cactus Communications, and Siddharth Kankaria, Science Communication & Outreach Manager, Simons Centre, NCBS Bangalore, who will both discuss their individual journeys in the field of science communication.

This session is suitable for students who are currently pursuing or have recently completed a BSc, MSc, or a PhD in any life science field, as well as postdoctoral fellows and research scholars. 

Date and Time: Friday, 27 November 2020 | 3:30 PM — 5:00 PM IST

Invited Speakers

Shivanee Shah

Senior Managing Editor, Impact Science, Cactus Communications

Shivanee Shah obtained her Bachelor’s degree from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India, with an Honors in Microbiology and Biochemistry, her Master’s degree from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, India, in Biochemistry, and her doctoral degree in Immunology from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola University, Chicago, USA. She has had the opportunity to complete two postdoctoral fellowships, one at the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, USA, and one at the Department of Pathology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, USA.

After returning to India, she joined Cactus Communications as a Publications Manager with the Publications Support Services team where she supported hundreds of authors in their publication journeys. She has now been with Editage for over 8 years and currently holds the position of Senior Managing Editor with the Impact Science team. In her current role, she uses her strong scientific background and language skills to help authors, journal societies and publishers, as well as academic and non-academic institutes to communicate science effectively and promote their research and products beyond publication.

Siddharth Kankaria

Science Communication & Outreach Manager, Simons Centre, NCBS Bangalore

Siddharth Kankaria is a science communication practitioner with a background in Biology (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) and Science Communication (University of Edinburgh). He currently works as the Science Communication & Outreach Manager at the Simons Centre at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, and in his spare time runs the SciCommSci Club – a forum for engaging with the Science of Science Communication. Siddharth is keenly interested in facilitating dialogues for bridging the gap between science communication research and practice, developing evidence-based science communication practices in the Indian context, and formulating policy frameworks for enabling science communication ecosystems. He can be reached on social media at @SiddhrthKnkaria.

Speakers from IndiaBioscience

Shreya Ghosh

Shreya completed her PhD in the field of neuroscience from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. After spending some time as a freelance science writer, she joined IndiaBioscience to further her passion for science communication, outreach and education. As program manager for science communication at IndiaBioscience, she hopes to participate in giving a voice to and engaging with the scientific community in India.

Lakshmi Ganesan

Lakshmi graduated with a PhD in molecular and cellular pharmacology from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Florida and did her postdoctoral work in cell biology from the University of Texas, McGovern Medical School, Houston. Through her work, she acquired a strong interest and a fascination for demystifying complex biological phenomena using the audio-visual medium. She manages IndiaBioscience’s key initiatives, which includes the backend architecture of its website. She developed an interactive database of Life scientists, launched IndiaBiospeaks (podcasts by IndiaBioscience), IndiaBiostreams (webinars by IndiaBioscience) and co-founded the Science Policy Forum. She played a key role in developing the information architecture and the design of the pan-institutional, multilingual COVIDGyan website, which is the face of the public outreach campaign in India to raise awareness around the COVID19 pandemic on the basis of its best scientific understanding.


  • 3:30 PM


  • 3:35 PM

    Section 1: Tooling up for an interview (CV/resume, cover letter and interview skills)

    Lakshmi Ganesan, Shreya Ghosh

  • 3:50 PM

    Q&A Session 1

  • 4:00 PM

    Section 2: Exploring a career in science communication

    Shivanee Shah, Siddharth Kankaria

  • 4:30 PM

    Q&A Session 2

  • 4:55 PM

    Closure and Announcements


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    Lakshmi Ganesan

    Program Manager, Digital Initiatives


    Shreya Ghosh

    Program Manager - Science Communication


    Siddharth Kankaria