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), Pune will be organized at the Bharati Vidyapeeth deemed to be University Medical College, Pune as a multi-institutional effort. The RYIM Pune will be organized by Bharati Vidyapeeth deemed to be University Medical College, National Centre for Cell Sciences,Department of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University in collaboration with ICMR-National AIDS Research Institute, Pune. The RYIM Pune will be conducted across two days (16 February — 17 February 2024), preceded by a workshop, Crafting Your Career (CYC), on 15 February 2024.

RYIM Pune 2024

The RYIM, Pune organizing committee under the aegis of IndiaBioscience would like to invite medical/​health researchers/​investigators to the Regional Young Investigators’ Meeting, Pune with the objective to provide a platform, to establish a regional network, to identify opportunities and challenges for young investigators and students involved in biomedical/​health research. 

The RYIM Pune will be conducted with a theme of Opportunities and Challenges for the Young Investigators in Interdisciplinary Medical Research’, in the context of Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences and Public health research. We are inviting Students, Young and SeniorFaculty members/​Scientists, from research organizations and academic institutes actively involved in biomedical/​health research. We are also inviting independent investigators/​researchers and science professionals from the private sector and industry including science communicators, grants and research managers, educators, clinicians, and researchers from incubation centers, start-ups, and entrepreneurs for this meeting. 

The RYIM Pune will encourage participants to identify common interests, cultivate networking, and foster collaborations among biomedical researchers and their organizations. This meeting will guide young researchers on leadership and mentorship, the art of establishing a research group, sustaining collaborations, and grant writing. The Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop will guide young biomedical researchers to direct their career paths and equip them with the skills required for biomedical researchers. With all these efforts and enthusiasm, RYIM Pune aims to pave the path for regional collaborations for the researchers and institutes involved in interdisciplinary medical research.

Meeting details

Dates: 16 February — 17 February 2024

Crafting Your Career’ (CYC) workshop: 15 February 2024

Venue: College Auditorium, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University Medical College, Pune, Bharati Vidyapeeth educational campus, Pune-Satara road, Katraj, Pune — 411043, Maharashtra, India.

Meeting Focus Areas

  • Facilitating interactions between Young Investigators (YIs) in the region.
  • Strengthening the inter-institutional collaborations among research organizations, medical colleges, and universities
  • Human Resource Development: Skill development for leading a research group 
  • Funding opportunities and grant writing
  • Navigating through challenges faced by early-career biomedical researchers
  • Panel discussions and breakout sessions to identify the common interest areas and overcome the hurdles
  • Showcasing the faculty and young investigator-initiated biomedical research

Meeting Format

  • Presentations
  • Mentor talks
  • Plenary talks
  • Special talks
  • Panel discussions
  • Breakout sessions

Meeting workshop

An IndiaBioscience-led Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop

What’s more in RYIM Pune? 

MMC academic credit points

● Young researchers showcasing their research work through oral and poster presentations have an opportunity to win attractive prizes in separate categories as Students and Faculty

● Abstracts will be published in the Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical Journal


Day 1: 16 February 2024 — Venue: Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University Medical College, Pune 

  • 08:00 am onwards


  • 08:30 to 08:40 am

    Welcome note

    RYIM Team

  • 08:40 to 09:30 am

    Oral presentations: Young Investigators

    Young Investigators

  • 09:30 to 09:55 am

    Chittaranjan Yagnik, Director, Diabetes Unit, KEM Hospital and Research Centre, Pune

  • 09:55 to 10:20 am

    Sheela Godbole, Director, National AIDS Research Institute

  • 10:20 to 10:45 am

    Aditi Apte: Senior Scientist, KEM Hospital Research Centre, Pune

    Identifying the research gaps and picking up the right research question

  • 10:45 to 11:15 am

    High tea and Networking Session


  • 11:15 to 12:00 noon


    Chief guests and dignitaries

  • 12:00 to 12:25 pm

    Dhiraj Dhotre, Scientist D, National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune

    Human gut microbiome in health and diseases

  • 12:25 to 12:50 pm

    Shubhada Nagarkar, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune

    Research Integrity & Publication Ethics in Biomedical Research

  • 12:50 to 01:30 pm

    Poster presentations: Young Investigators

    Young Investigators

  • 01:30 to 02:15 pm

    Lunch break


  • 02:15 to 03:00 pm

    Panel Discussion

    Bedside to bench-side: inculcating medical research in clinical practice

  • 03:00 to 03:25 pm

    Sundeep Salvi, Director of Pulmo-care Research and Education (PURE) Foundation

  • 03:25 to 03:50 pm

    Rushikesh Behere, DBT-Welcome Trust India Alliance Fellow

  • 03:50 to 04:50 pm

    Good Scientific Practices: do’s and don’ts in biomedical research

  • 04:50 to 05:15 pm

    High tea and Networking Session

  • 05:15 pm onwards

    Gagandeep Kang, Director-Enterics, Diagnostics, Genomics and Epidemiology, Global Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Day 2: 17 February 2024

  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

    Oral presentations: Young Investigators

  • 9:30 - 9:55 a.m.

    Vineeta Bal, Professor Emeritus, Biology, IISER, Pune

  • 9:55 - 10:20 a.m.

    How can medical doctors and professionals leverage programs at IndiaBioscience for their career advancement? - Karishma Kaushik, Executive Director, IndiaBioscience

  • 10:20 - 10:45 a.m.

    Topic: Current trends in biopharma Praveen Rao, Reliance Life Sciences Pvt Ltd

  • 10:45 - 11:10 a.m.

    Rahul Gajbhiye, Scientist E, Clinical Research Laboratory and Infectious Diseases Biology, NIRRCH, Mumbai

  • 11:10 - 11:20 a.m.

    High tea and Networking Session

  • 11:20 - 11:45 a.m.

    Vitiligo Research: Current Trends & Future Direction , Ashwin Kotnis, Additional Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, AIIMS Bhopal

  • 11:45 - 12:10 p.m.

    Raman Gangakhedkar, Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, SIU, Pune

  • 12:10 - 12:35 p.m.

    Implementation Sciences: Pragmatic solution to healthcare problems - Sampada Bangar, Scientist E, National AIDS Research Institute, Pune

  • 12:35 - 1:15 p.m.

    Poster presentations: Young Investigators

  • 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

    Lunch break

  • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

    Integrating and nurturing research culture in medical schools and academia

  • 2:45 - 3:10 p.m.

    The REVAMP study: research exploring various aspects and mechanisms in preeclampsia - Sadhana Joshi, Professor, and Head, Nutritional Medicine Division, IRSHA

  • 3:10 - 4:10 p.m.

    Breakout session: Building an Interdisciplinary Research Ecosystem: Breaking the Barriers in Biomedical Sciences

  • 4:10 - 4:35 p.m.

    Yogesh Shouche, Honorary Scientist, NCCS and Professor at Azim Premji University

  • 4:35 -5:00 p.m.

    Summary: RYIM team, Valedictory function: Chief guests and dignitaries, Closing remarks: IndiaBioscience

  • 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

    High tea and Networking Session


Applications for participation are invited from Students, Young Faculty members/​scientists, Senior Faculty members/​scientists, from Research Institutes/​organizations, Medical colleges, Departments, Centres of Universities, private research organizations, teaching hospitals, and biomedical industry actively involved in medical/​health research intersecting with life sciences.

Registration is open in the categories as follows:

  • Research Scholars: Ph.D. researchers, postdoctoral fellows, post MD/MS/MPH candidates, Postgraduate Fellowship students, and MCh/​DM students, etc.
  • Young Researchers/​Faculty members: Young (preferably within 8 years in current position), Scientists from research institutes and organizations, Faculty members of medical colleges, universities, faculty fellows, independent investigators, Early career researchers, (Ramalingaswami fellows, India Alliance fellows, Ramanujan Fellows, DST-Inspire, Ramanujan fellows, IYBA awardees, WOS scientists)
  • Senior Researchers/​Faculty members: Group leaders, Senior scientists from research institutes and organizations, Senior faculty members of medical colleges, and universities, etc, established Clinicians, educators, industry professionals, research and grants managers, science communicators, public engagement professionals, incubation centers, and startups associated-researchers, and entrepreneurs. 

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

Registration fees:

  • Research Scholars — INR 1000/-
  • Young Researchers/​Faculty members — INR 1500/-
  • Senior Researchers/​Faculty members — INR 2000/-
  • Industry personnel/​Clinicians — INR 3000/-

Registration fees cover conference kits, food, and resource materials. It does not include travel and accommodation.

Registration Fee Payment details

Beneficiary name : Principal, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be a University 

Medical College, Pune MD/MS

Bank name : Bharati Sahakari Bank Ltd. Pune

Branch name : Dhankawadi — Katraj Pune

Account No. : 005002300005750

IFSC Code : SVCB0010005

Branch code : 411355005

MICR : 411355005

Participants need to provide an online transaction ID/​number in the registration form. Therefore, participants are requested to fill out the Registration FormONLY after payment of registration fees. 

Online registrations will close on 7 February 2024.

Kindly contact ryim2024.pune@gmail.​com in case of queries regarding eligibility, registration, abstract submission, travel and accommodation, etc.

Team RYIM has decided to waive registration fees for deserving Ph.D. students and Postdocs from NCCS, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Bharati Vidyapeeth deemed to be University, Pune, and various institutes of ICMR.

Abstract submission

Participants are encouraged to submit the Title and Structured Abstract (up to 250 words including Objective, Material and Methods, Observation/​Results, and Conclusions) for Oral/​Poster presentations in RYIM, Pune. The Title and Abstract are to be submitted through the Registration Form ONLY, created for registration for RYIM, Pune. 

The participants selected for oral and poster presentations will be communicated by email by 1 February 2024.

CYC workshop

15 February 2024

CYC workshop by IndiaBioscience

The Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop for selected candidates will be held from 10:30 – 13:30 on 15th February 2024 at the venue, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University Medical College, Pune. 

CYC workshop is specifically designed for PhD Scholars, Young researchers, and Faculty members (as mentioned in the registration categories) involved in research in the field of biomedical sciences and allied subjects. 

There is no separate registration fee to attend the CYC workshop. However, it is mandatory for the participants to convey their interest through the Registration Form for registration. 

The participants shortlisted for the CYC workshop will be intimated by email after 21 January 2024.

CYC workshop trainer: Karishma S Kaushik

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.

Code of Conduct

All IndiaBioscience Meetings, Workshops, and Conferences are subject to a Conference Code of Conduct.

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.

Speakers and Presenters: Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for the event venue, including talks and posters. Sexist, racist or exclusionary jokes are not acceptable.

Participants: Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, caste, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

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Action: Attendees asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If an attendee engages in behaviour that violates this code of conduct, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expelling him or her from the premises with no refund or expelling them from the virtual event (i.e. webinar, workshop, course etc).

Conference staff members are there to help participants contact appropriate authorities, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

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