Regional YIMs 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 will promote networking in local scientific communities and foster collaborative leadership among YIs in the region.

Importantly, RYIMs are expected to be no-garland’ events, optimised 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), Srinagar will be organised at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar and will be conducted across two days (19 September — 20 September 2023), with a Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop on 21 September 2023.

RYIM Srinagar, 2023 – 2024

The RYIM Srinagar at the University of Kashmir in collaboration with Central University of Kashmir and Cluster University Srinagar will provide a unique platform to early-career scientists in Jammu & Kashmir, as well as Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. The interactions during this meeting shall focus on biology and career opportunities in the Indian scientific landscape, encompassing various sub-disciplines of biology, including biodiversity & sustainable development, climate change & disaster management, cancer, and infection biology, as well as bioenergy and genomics.

The meeting will include invited speakers from various specialisations and specially-curated sessions on lab development and funding for early-career researchers. The program will feature plenary talks, invited lectures, talks by early career PIs, posters by PhD/​Postdoctoral researchers and panel discussions, as well as a Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop facilitated by IndiaBioscience.

IndiaBioscience and the local organising committee invite all active researchers (Masters students, PhD researchers, Postdoctoral fellows, faculty, senior scientists from academia and industry) and science professionals (grants and research managers, science communicators, and public engagement professionals, to name a few) across the life-science sector from Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, to attend this two-day meeting and workshop.

Meeting details

Dates: 19 September — 20 September 2023

Crafting Your Career (CYC) Workshop: 21 September 2023

Meeting Focus Areas

Enhancing networking across early-career scientists in the Jammu & Kashmir region

Fostering research in the Jammu & Kashmir region

Funding opportunities and grant writing

Navigating through challenges faced by early career researchers in the Jammu & Kashmir region

Meeting Workshop

An IndiaBioscience-led Crafting Your Career (CYC) Workshop for PhD researchers and Postdoctoral fellows

Meeting Format

  • Plenary lectures
  • Keynote talks
  • Networking sessions
  • Grant-writing sessions
  • Poster presentations
  • Panel discussions


Day 1: 19 September 2023

  • 08:30 - 09:30

    Registration at the conference venue (University of Kashmir)

    RYIM team

  • 09:30 - 09:40

    Welcome note: Genesis of RYIM Srinagar

    RYIM team

  • 09:40 - 09:50

    Engaging Communities, Enabling Change

    Ankita Rathore, IndiaBioscience

  • 09:50 - 10:20

    Talk by Honourable Vice-Chancellor / Dean Academic Affairs / Registrar, University of Kashmir

  • 10:20 - 10:50

    Keynote Lecture: A Ravindra Nath, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir

  • 10:50-11:15

    Tea break & setting up posters

  • 11:15 - 12:00

    R Uma Shaanker, IIT, Jammu

  • Microbial Engineering for Production of Advanced Biofuels and Biochemicals

    Shams Yazdani, ICGEB, New Delhi

  • 12:00 - 13:00

    Poster Session 1 / short talks by selected YIs (10 minutes)

    RYIM team

  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch break

  • 14:00-15:00

    Shaping the future of Indian Science through collaborations

    Moderators: Ashfaq Zari and Altaf Bhat, 

    Panellists: Nilofar Khan, A Ravindra Nath, Shakil A Ramshoo, Zabeer Ahmed, Sudhakar Yedla

  • 15:00 - 16:00

    Poster Session 2 /Tea

  • 16:00 - 16:30

    Zabeer Ahmed, CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu

  • 16:30 - 17:00

    Structure and Function of Plant Mediator Complex

    Jitendra Thakur, ICGEB, New Delhi

  • 17:00 - 18:00

    Networking and role of institutions in shaping future Indian scientists -An Investigators perspective

    Moderator: Manzoor Ahmad Shah

    Panellists: Farooq A Masoodi, IIrshad A Nawchoo, Shahid Rasool, Mohd. Afzal Zargar, Nisar Ahmad Mir, R Uma Shaanker

  • 19:30 - 20:30

    Conference Dinner

Day 2: 20 September 2023

  • 09:10 - 09:30

    Zahoor Ahmad Kaloo and Bashir Ahmad Ganie, University of Kashmir

  • 09:30 - 11:00

    Knowledge-based societies for global sustainability

    Shannon Olsson, Global Director, The Echo Network

  • My Journey

    Renu Bhardwaj, Director Research, GNDU

  • Markers in the genomics era: Paradigm shift in genetic analysis and conservation

    Shailendra Goel, University of Delhi

  • 11:00 - 11:20

    Tea Break

  • 11:20 - 13:15

    A Faustian Bargain with Nature: Climate Change Unveiled

    Zafar A Reshi, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir

  • Language of Plants

    Dhiraj Vyas, CSIR-IIIM, Jammu

  • Reimagining life on science street

    MA Shah, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir

  • TBA

    Radhika Venkatesan, Dept. of Biological Sciences, IISER, Kolkata

  • Nuclear Receptors in modulation of infection and disease

    Pawan Gupta, Chief Scientist, CSIR-IMTEC, Chandigarh

  • Impact of cross-talk between Wnt/beta-catenin, PI3K and JAK-STAT signaling pathways: from bench to clinic

    Mohd. Jamal Dar

  • 13:15-13:50

    Lunch break

  • 13:50-14:50

    Biotechnology of Secondary Metabolism in Medicinal Plants

    Sumit G Gandhi, CSIR-IIIM, Jammu

  • Heterochromatin Organisation and Genome Stability

    Altaf A Bhat, CIRI, University of Kashmir

  • Human Microbiome

    Dhiraj Dhotre, NCCS, Pune

  • Role of ATP-dependent chromatin remodellers in shaping 3D genome organization

    Aijaz-Ul Hamid Wani, Department of Biotechnology, University of Kashmir

  • 14:50-15:50

    Public Outreach in Science & Industry-Academia interface

    Moderator: Mohammad Ishaq Geer, University of Kashmir

    Panellists: Irshad A Nawchoo, Renu Bharadhwaj, Manzoor A Shah, Annamma A Odaneth, Altaf Bhat, Dhiraj Vyas

  • 15:50-16:30

    Poster Session 3 /short talk by selected YIs (10 minutes)

  • 16:30-17:20

    Bioprocesses with microbial cells in a quasi-steady state

    Annamma A Odaneth, Biotechnology, UPL R&D, Mumbai

  • TBA

    Abid Hamid, Department of Biotechnology, CUK

  • 17:20-18:00

    Concluding remarks

  • 18:00 - onwards

    High tea and Departure

Day 3: 21 September, 2023

  • 10:00-13:00

    Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop

    For PhD researchers and Postdoctoral fellows


Registrations are invited from scientists and science professionals actively involved in research intersecting with life sciences, preferably from the regions of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.

Registration is open to PhD researchers, Postdoctoral fellows, faculty, senior scientists, industry scientists, and science professionals (science communicators, grants and research managers, and public engagement professionals).

Registration Fees:

  • Corporate or Industry Professionals: ₹2500/-
  • Early-Career Researchers/​Academics: ₹2000/-
  • Research Scholars/​Postdoctoral Fellows: ₹1000/-
  • Students : ₹500/-

Registration includes lunch, tea and a kit/​bag.

Note: Please make payment before proceeding to fill out the form. Note down the transaction ID and take a screenshot of the payment made.

Account Number: 0007040520000082

Name: Lead Organiser / Organising Secretary, RYIM 2023
IFSC: JAKA0NASEEM (0 is zero)
Bank & Branch: J & K Bank, Hazratbal, Srinagar 

To register, please fill this form: bit​.ly/​R​e​g​i​s​t​e​r​R​Y​I​M​S​r​i​nagar

Registration deadline: September 10, 2023

For more details, please contact: ryim2023srinagar@​gmail.​com

CYC workshop

21 September, 2023

CYC workshop by IndiaBioscience

The Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop will be held from 10:00 – 13:00 on 21 September 2023 at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar.

For PhD researchers and Postdoctoral fellows attending RYIM Srinagar.

IndiaBioscience workshop trainers: Ankita Rathore and Arushi Batra

Logistics and Administrative support: Shwetha C

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

IndiaBioscience is dedicated to providing a 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.

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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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