IndiaBioscience has been organizing Young Investigators’ Meetings (YIM) over the past 11 years to enable and provide a platform for intellectual exchange among young scientists across different scientific disciplines. In order to allow more such interactions to happen at a local level, Regional Young Investigator meetings were begun in 2018. The first two Regional YIMs in Hyderabad and Kolkata were highly successful and allowed researchers from across disciplines to come together to collaborate and share their expertise.

The present meeting will be organized in Delhi-NCR and will be conducted for two days (6 — 7 August 2019) at National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi. This meeting will include keynote/​plenary talks, lectures, and poster sessions on advanced and emerging themes, as well as invigorating panel discussions on various trends in life sciences research, which will help boost the career of the young investigators. The meeting will also have group discussions and mentor talks. This meeting will serve as a great networking platform where young scientists and researchers can share their experiences, approaches, contacts, activities outside the lab etc. and build new collaborations. Therefore, we hope that this interactive meeting will enhance knowledge, networking opportunities, and career guidance for young scientists in the Delhi-NCR region.

On behalf of IndiaBioscience and the local organizing committee, we would like to invite all active researchers (Academia and Industry) and science professionals across the life-science sector from the Delhi-NCR region to attend a productive two-day meeting for the advancement of science.

Event Details

Meeting Highlights

  • Enhancing Interaction of Young Investigators (YI) engaged in life science research across Delhi and NCR.
  • Helping each other by sharing resources and platforms 
  • Accelerating collaboration among researchers 
  • Enhancing institutional strengths 
  • Translating ideas into products

Meeting Format:

  • Mentor talks
  • Networking sessions
  • Poster Presentations
  • Panel Discussions
  • Special Talk on Science Communication



Day 1: August 6th, 2019

8:30 am — 9:15 am


9:15 am — 9:25 am

Welcome address: Jagadis Gupta Kapuganti, NIPGR, New Delhi

9:25 am — 9:30 am

Opening remarks: Ramesh V Sonti, Director, NIPGR

9:30 am — 9:40 am

Engaging Communities Enabling Change: Smita Jain, Executive Director, IndiaBioscience

9:40 am — 10:10 am

Keynote address 1: The Scientific Enterprise in India, Successes, Challenges and The Way Forward by K VijayRaghavan, Principal scientific advisor to Govt. of India

10:10 am — 10:35 am

Plenary Talk 1: Biotechnology in India and New Initiatives by Renu Swarup, Secretary, DBT

10:35 am — 11:00 am

Plenary Talk 2: SERB research programs for young scientists by Sandeep Verma, Secretary SERB

11:00 am — 11:30 am

Group photograph and tea/​coffee break

11:30 am — 12:00 pm

Plenary Talk 3: DBT research programs for Young Investigators by Meenakshi Munshi, Advisor, DBT

12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

Introduction by participants

1.00 pm — 2.00 pm

Lunch Break and setting up of posters

2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

Panel Discussion 1: The art of establishing and maintaining collaboration

Amulya K. Panda, NII (Chair),

Ashwani Pareek JNU,

Deepak Gaur, JNU,

Snehlata Pareek, ICGEB and

Suman Govil, DBT

3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

Plenary Talk 4: Importance of Science Communication by Sarah Iqbal, The Wellcome Trust/​DBT India Alliance

3:30 pm — 4:00 pm

Tea/​Coffee Break

4:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Panel Discussion 2: Emerging trends in life science research

Dinakar Salunke, ICGEB (Chair),

Neeraj Jain, NBRC,

Sujata Mohanty, AIIMS,

Anurag Agrawal, IGIB,

Sudhanshu Vrati, RCB and

Ramesh V. Sonti, NIPGR

5:00 pm — 6:30 pm

Poster session & Networking

6:30 pm — 7:30 pm

Cultural Program by Suresh Bhawai Balancing Art team

7: 30 pm onwards

Gala Dinner

Day 2: August 7th, 2019

9:30 am — 10:00 am

Keynote address 2: CSIR in the service of the nation by Shekhar C. Mande, Director General, CSIR

10:00 am — 10.30 am

Plenary talk 5: Science, Scientific Methods & Applications by Rajesh S.Ghokale, NII

10.30 am — 11:00 am

Plenary talk 6: Serendipity and Chemistry by Satyajit Mayor, Director, NCBS

11:00 am — 11:30 pm

Tea/​Coffee Break

11:30 am — 12:00 pm

Plenary talk 7: Nevertheless, we persist by Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, THSTI

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Panel Discussion 3: Women In Leadership

Chandrima Saha, INSA (Chair),

Gagandeep Kang, THSTHI 

Satyajit Mayor, NCBS and

Subhra Chakraborty, NIPGR

1:00 pm — 2:00 pm


2:00 pm — 2:30 pm

New facilities at Delhi-NCR

1. RCB Advanced Technology Platform Centre (ATPC) by Nirpendra Singh

2. Genomics and Genotyping Facility by Sabhyata Bhatia

2:30 pm — 3:00 pm

Talk: Patenting by Vijaya Choudhary, LexOrbis

3:00 pm — 3:30 pm

Opportunities for Young Researchers

1. IndiaAlliance, Wellcome DBT programs by Sachin Sharma

2. Indo-German programs and opportunities by Matthias Kiesselbach, Director, DFG Office, India

3:30 pm — 4:00 pm

Platforms for start-ups

1. BSC BioNEST Bio-Incubator, RCB by Suman Gupta

2. Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT), IIT-Delhi by Ashutosh Pastor

4:00 pm — 4:30 pm

Concluding remarks and Award ceremony: Satyajit Mayor and Ramesh V. Sonti

4:30 pm — 4:40 pm

Vote of Thanks: Jagadis Gupta Kapuganti

4:40 pm — 5:10 pm

High Tea and departure


Registration Fee: INR 3000 (Includes Refreshments, Lunch and Dinner)

  1. Fill in the registration form by clicking on the link below.
  2. Submit the registration form. 

Participants will be informed about the selection status on or before 9th July 2019. Only the selected candidates should pay the registration fee after 9th July 2019.


For any queries, please contact yim2019delhi@​gmail.​com

The last date for registration has been extended till 5th July 2019.