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In India, science as a discipline is subject to many of the same gender issues as it is worldwide — women scientists are fewer in number, occupy fewer positions of power, and face distinct issues by virtue of their gender and the accompanying societal pressures. Women scientists in India also tend to be less visible than their male counterparts, and public awareness of Indian Women Scientists is low.

IndiaBioscience will be organising a series of public events to raise the profile of women scientists on one of the most popular online encyclopaedias — Wikipedia. At these events, participants will be encouraged to create and complete profiles of Indian Women scientists.

Our first two edit-a-thons were held on 11th and 14th October, 2014. The latter, on 14th October, coincided with Ada Lovelace Day, an international day to celebrate the achievements of women in Science, Technology and Mathematics. 

In addition to public events, we will also be organising edit-a-thons with colleges in Bangalore and other cities.

Wikipedia event page: https://​en​.wikipedia​.org/​w​i​k​i​/​W​i​k​i​p​e​d​i​a​:​I​n​d​i​a​n_Wom…

Event details

Upcoming event


Past events

Date: 16 July 2016
Venue: Lotka-Volterra Lab, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Speaker: Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan, Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering, IISc 

Date: 30 October 2015
This was an online event

Date: 11 October 2014
Venue: Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Date: 14 October 2014
Venue: Urban Solace

What can you expect at our Wikipedia edit-a-thons?

  • A short tutorial on editing Wikipedia
  • Informal interaction over tea/​coffee with a woman scientist
  • Participants create and complete Wikipedia profiles of Indian Woman Scientists working alone or in groups

In the media

Coverage of our Wikithon series in the popular press and on blogs: