The annual Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM) brings together exceptional young and senior scientists, heads of institutes, and representatives from funding agencies for 3 days of discussions and interactions focusing on science and careers in a broad range of disciplines of biology. The program features illuminating seminars, posters and panel discussions that focus on a wide variety of topics ranging from choosing the right research problem, publishing, personnel management, funding opportunities and mentorship. Senior scientists describe their journeys providing inspirational and amusing anecdotes about their experiences with establishing scientific careers.
YIM 2019 will give an opportunity for the participants to get a flavour of all the different components of the traditional YIM. Eminent researchers from India and abroad have been invited as mentors and speakers: their talks would be a mixture of science and career experiences. There will be couple of special talks on topics relevant for everyone in science. Other than these talks, there will be a series of panel discussions on a wide range of topics: collaborations, publishing in science, mentoring, lab and grant management, funding, science communication and much more. All the participants will also present their work in the form of poster during the meeting.
Since its inception in 2009, the YIM has established its brand in the life-science fraternity. The meeting has created a vibrant atmosphere for exchange of ideas for improving science in India, and catalysing friendships and collaborations between young Indian scientists. We also pair postdocs (PDFs) and Young Investigators (YIs) to promote new connections and facilitate a first-hand account of setting up labs in India.
At the end of the YIM, there will be a one and a half-day Satellite Meeting that enables our invited PDFs to learn about jobs in India and meet Directors/Vice-Chancellors of institutes and universities from across India. Although YIM makes an effort to facilitate job searches for Post-Doctoral fellows (PDFs), it is not a job fair and the bulk of the meeting revolves around doing science in India and the mentoring of young investigators and post-doctoral fellows.
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