The annual Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM) brings together exceptional young and senior scientists, heads of institutes, and representatives from funding agencies for discussions and interactions focusing on science and careers in a broad range of disciplines of biology. Since its inception in 2009, the YIM has established its brand in the life-science fraternity. The meeting has created a vibrant atmosphere for exchanging ideas for improving science in India and catalysing friendships and collaborations between young Indian scientists.

Keeping the current pandemic situation in mind, the two major components of a physical meeting, the YIM followed by the PDF Satellite Meeting have been split into two chapters- the YIM 2021 and PDF Meeting 2021. The YIM 2021, scheduled from 17-19 March 2021 will provide an opportunity for young investigators from India and postdoctoral fellows from across the globe (looking to start independent research careers in India) to experience the flavors and components that a traditional YIM offers. This year, there will be a dedicated PDF Meeting 2021 for four days spread across 18-21 May 2021 for postdoctoral fellows from India and abroad.

Both the YIM 2021 and the PDF Meeting 2021 will be held in an online mode. This has been a difficult decision, especially considering the nature of the meeting, but we believe that it is the best possible solution in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Although it will not be possible for us to meet in person, the meetings has been designed in such a way that it will enable the participants to network and forge connections.

Although The PDF Meeting 2021 makes an effort to facilitate job searches for postdoctoral fellows, it is not a job fair.

PDF Meeting 2021 is majorly supported by the funding from The Department of Biotechnology (DBT).