Regional Young Investigators’ Meetings (RYIM) aim to build local networks of scientists and science professionals with an aim to promote regional collaborations and change. The RYIMs are intended to be Young Investigator (YI) driven endeavours that promote networking in local scientific communities and foster collaborative leadership among YIs in the region.

Importantly, RYIMs are expected to be no-garland’ events, optimized towards a supportive and collaborative environment for the participants, resource personnel and organisers. RYIMs will ensure diversity and representation across gender and other demographics for participants, speakers, panellists and resource personnel.

The Regional Young Investigators’ Meeting (2023−2024), Bhubaneswar will be organized at the DBT-Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar as a multi-institutional effort with the organizers from DBT-Institute of Life Sciences and CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, which will be conducted across two days (04 December — 05 December 2023), followed by a Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop on 06 December 2023.

RYIM Bhubaneswar 2023

On behalf of IndiaBioscience and the local organising committee, RYIM Bhubaneswar would like to invite researchers (young investigators, mid-career and senior scientists), postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers, educators, clinicians, science professionals and entrepreneurs in the region to engage and create collaborative platforms where cutting-edge technologies and translational goals can be achieved.

The eastern part of the country has a unique culture in terms of work
environment, climate, social dogmas, and scientific perspective. This brings questions when a new PI is planning relocation or starting a research group in this region, especially after spending an extended period working abroad or in other parts of India.

With the RYIM Bhubaneswar, we want new PI’s to have a common platform where such discussions related to policies and issues on relocation can be taken up. The RYIM Bhubaneswar will include sessions on general queries and viewpoints as well subjects with technical specialties, as well as be an opportunity to develop questionnaires, data banks and information for anyone interested in accessing them. 

Bhubaneswar enjoys a unique geography with a DBT institute, CSIR institute, Utkal University, IIT, NISER, AIIMS, and Private Universities like KIIT and SOA in the region. These institutes host several new PIs as well as aspiring researchers (advanced Postdoctoral fellows and PhD researchers) who would directly benefit from this meeting.

Meeting Details

Regional Young Investigators’ Meeting: 04 — 05 December 2023

Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop: 06 December 2023

Meeting Outcomes

  • The experts/​peers from various disciplines will get a platform to share their research experiences/​queries/​limitations.
  • Several challenges in the field will be discussed in an interactive way to enable solutions.
  • The participants will be able to have one-to-one discussions with the guest speakers/​panelists and suitable feedback and suggestions will be compiled to develop a database for incoming fellows/​PIs from abroad.

What’s more in RYIM Bhubaneswar?

  • Grant writing tips
  • Panel discussion on faculty recruitment 
  • Talks on career opportunities in the Eastern region of India
  • Discussions on scientific/​research ethics 
  • Networking sessions

Meeting Format

  • Keynote address
  • Plenary talk
  • Mentor talks
  • Special invited talks
  • Panel discussions
  • Journey of YIs
  • Breakout sessions

Meeting workshop

An IndiaBioscience-led Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop


Day 1: 4 December 2023

Venue: DBT-Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar

  • 9:30-11:00

    Inaugural session

  • 9:30-9:35

    Opening remarks

    Mamoni Dash, DBT-ILS

  • 9:35 – 9:45

    Welcome Address

    Director, DBT-ILS

  • 9:45-10:15

    Academic Career Paths in Biosciences

    Amaresh Panda

  • 10:30 – 11:45

    Session 1: Sustenance in research

  • 10:30-11:00

    B Ravindran

    DBT-ILS, Bhubaneswar

  • 11:00-11:30

    LS Shashidhara

    NCBS, Bangalore

  • 11:30-12:00

    Nagaraj Balasubramanian

    IISER Pune

  • 12:15 – 13:15

    Session 2: Panel Discussion on 'Recruiters Perspective'

    Debasis Dash, DBT-ILS, Sanghamitra Pati, RMRC, Pankaj Alone, NISER, Saroj Naik, IIT Bhubaneswar, Suryakant Mishra, Odisha Public Service Commission

  • 14:00 – 15:20

    Session 3: Career opportunities in the Eastern region in academia and industry

  • 14:00-14:30

    Gautam Banerjee

    TATA Chemicals

  • 14:30-15:00

    Ramray Bhat

    IISc, Bangalore

  • 15:00-15:30

    Nidhi Gulati

    Springer Nature

  • 15:30 – 16:00


  • 16:00-17:30

    Session 4: Gender Bias in Academia: a myth? The way forward…

  • 16:00-16:30

    Vineeta Bal

    IISER, Pune

  • 16:30-17:00

    Sanghamitra Pati

    RMRC, Bhubaneswar

  • 17:00-17:30

    Sujata Mohanty

    AIIMS, New Delhi

  • 17:30 – 19:00

    Session 5: Competitions for Pre-PhDs and Postdocs

  • SciArt: Convey your idea through sketch

    For science graduates and PhD’s

  • Pitch your thesis in 3 minutes

    For Postdocs and PhD’s

  • Starts from 19:15 onwards


Day 2: 5 December 2023

Venue: DBT-Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar

  • 9:30 – 11:00

    Session 6: Ethics in Science

  • 9:30 – 11:00

    Engaging Communities, Enabling Change, IndiaBioscience

    Karishma Kaushik

  • 11:00 – 11:30


  • 11:30 - 13:00

    Session 7: Bioentrepreneurship: Prospects & Challenges

  • 11:30 – 12:00

    V Premnath

    NCL-Innovation Park, Pune

  • 12:00 – 12:30

    Praveen Vemula

    inStem, Bangalore

  • 12:30 – 13:00

    Nivedita Jena

    DBT-ILS, Bhubaneswar

  • 13:00 - 14:00


  • 14:30 - 18:00

    Networking & Bhubaneswar Sightseeing

Day 3: 6 December 2023

Venue: DBT-Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar

  • 10:00 – 13:00

    Session 6: For Pre-PhDs and Post-Docs/India Bioscience

    Crafting Your Career (CYC) Workshop

  • 11:30 – 12:00



Applications are invited from scientists, postdoctoral and early career fellows, teachers, and science professionals actively involved in research and education in the allied field of life sciences, preferably from the Eastern and North-Eastern regions of India.

Registration is open to:

1. Young Investigators (YIs) or Group leaders (preferably within 10 years of independent research), mid-career and senior scientists, faculty fellows, independent investigators (Ramalingaswami fellows, India Alliance fellows, Ramanujan Fellows, DST-Inspire, IYBA awardees, WOS scientists or similar)

2. Educators in colleges and universities

3. Clinicians

4. Postdoctoral fellows (Research Associates, Early career fellows, NPDFs, MK Bhan Fellows)

5. Industry professionals, research and grants managers, science communicators, public engagement professionals, incubation centres and start-up associated researchers, and entrepreneurs

Please note that it is not necessary to be a YIM alumnus to participate in this meeting and there is no age bar for registration. Seats are limited, so please hurry up. 

To register:

Please register using this Google form (the form requires registration payment details).

Registration fees:

Postgraduates: INR 1500

PhD’s & Post-docs: INR 2500

Scientists, Faculty, Educators, Start ups: INR 3000

The registration fee covers ONLY the conference kit, food, attendee certificates and resource materials. The registration fee does not cover travel or accommodation for the meeting.

The link for the payment is as below: 


The last date of registration has been EXTENDED to 1 December 2023.

Invited speakers and panelists are not required to register for RYIM.

If you have questions, regarding registration or eligibility, please email us at ryim.​ils.​2023@​gmail.​com

CYC workshop

6 December 2023

CYC workshop by IndiaBioscience

The Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop will be held from 10:00 – 13:00 on 6 December 2023 at the DBT-Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar.

For PhD researchers, Postdoctoral fellows and MSc students in life sciences and allied subjects.

To register for the CYC workshop at RYIM Bhubaneswar, please fill this form.

CYC workshop trainers: Karishma S Kaushik + Rohini Karandikar

If you are interesting in attending the CYC workshop, please indicate this in the registration form for the meeting. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. IndiaBioscience will aim to include as many participants as possible.

More information on CYC can be found here.

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IndiaBioscience is dedicated to providing an inclusive and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, caste, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues (virtual or physical) and event-related social events.

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