Indian Women in Science Edit-a-thon  


This is a public event meant to increase the visibility of Indian women scientists and raise awareness about Wikipedia as a knowledge-sharing tool.

In spite of policy advances and rising awareness, gender issues continue to plague Indian science — women scientists are fewer in number, occupy fewer positions of power, are more likely to drop out of academic career tracks, and face distinct issues by virtue of their gender, including hostile work environments and societal pressures.

Women scientists in India also tend to be less visible than their male counterparts, and public awareness of Indian Women Scientists and their scientific contributions is low.

We are organizing a public event in Bangalore to raise the profile of women scientists on one of the most popular online encyclopaedias — Wikipedia. Please join us for a day of learning more about Indian Women scientists by completing profiles of such scientists on Wikipedia.

Event Details


Instructional Computing Classroom, TUE-CMS, 

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru

Date and time

Saturday, 31 August, 2019 

9:30 AM — 5:00 PM

What you can expect

  • A short, hands-on introduction to Wiki editing. 
  • One or more talks discussing issues commonly faced by women in science and the importance of visibility.
  • Participants completing Wikipedia profiles of Indian Woman Scientists working alone or in groups.


  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Arrival and Registration

  • 9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

    IndiaBioscience: Engaging Communities, Enabling Change - Smita Jain, IndiaBioscience

  • 9:40 AM - 9:45 AM

    Introduction to the Indian Women in Science Wikipedia edit-a-thon - Shreya Ghosh, IndiaBioscience

  • 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

    Women in Science in India: Challenges, Enigmas and Successes - Shobhana Narasimha, JNCASR

  • 10:15 - 10:45 AM

    Learnings from Lab Hopping: Year 4 - Nandita Jayaraj, The Life of Science

  • 10:45 - 11:15 AM

    Beyond biographies: Wikipedia in science. An invitation for greater engagement - Shyamal L

  • 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Session on Wikipedia Editing (Moderated by Ananth Subray, CIS)

  • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM


  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Session on Wikipedia Editing (Moderated by Ananth Subray, CIS)

  • 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

    Session on Wikipedia Editing (Moderated by Ananth Subray, CIS)

  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Closing Remarks


Registrations are now closed.

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