Programme

Similar to the earlier editions, this meeting will be divided into two parts. The first part—Young Investigators' Meeting (YIM) will commence from the afternoon of 6 March 2019. This will feature:

1. Mentor talks by internationally renowned scientists both from India and abroad

2. Panel discussions and breakout sessions on various topics pertinent to young researchers

3. Young Investigator (YI) and Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) poster presentations and group activities with time to interact and network

4. Special Talks

The Postdoctoral Fellows (PDF) Satellite Meeting will begin from 9 March for all postdoctoral attendees and directors/vice chancellors of various institutions and universities. For a day and a half, there will be networking sessions, short talks by the directors/vice chancellors and talks by PDFs. The PDFs also get a chance to present their posters.

PDF participants are expected to stay for the complete duration of the meeting (YIM and PDF Satellite Meeting) from 6-10 March 2019, and YI participants to attend the entire duration of the main YI meeting (6-8 March 2019).

6th March

DAY 1: Young Investigators' Meeting 2019

  • 12.00 - 14.00

    Lunch


  • 14.00 - 14.15

    Welcome Note: B Anand, IIT Guwahati


  • 14.15 - 14.45

    Keynote address by Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, New Delhi


  • 14.45 - 15.15

    Mentor Talk 1: Building Local, National and Global Scientific Communities by Ron Vale, UCSF, USA


  • 15.15 - 15.45

    Mentor Talk-2: Meandering of an enzymologist through genomes, methylomes and acetylomes by DN Rao, IISc, Bangalore, India


  • 15.45- 16.15

    Tea/ Coffee


  • 16.15 - 16.45

    Engaging communities, enabling change - Smita Jain, IndiaBioscience, Bangalore


  • 16.45 - 16.55

    Talk by DBT, Sahaj Ahmad, DBT


  • 16.55 - 18.25

    Panel Discussion - 1 Direction of Indian research, Collaborations, Publishing in science | Moderator: Dipyaman Ganguly | Panelists: Dominique Bergmann, Ron Vale, B Ravindran, DN Rao, Satyajit Mayor


  • 18:25 - 19.45

    YI Poster session (YIs with even numbers present)


  • 20.00 onwards

    Dinner on the lawn

7th March

DAY 2: Young Investigators' Meeting 2019

  • 09.00 - 09.30

    Special Talk: Why and how to integrate research and education? by LS Shashidhara, IISER Pune


  • 09.30 - 10.00

    Mentor Talk-3 Making a difference: stem cells, asymmetries and stomata by Dominique Bergmann, Stanford University, CA, USA


  • 10.00 - 10.30

    Mentor Talk-4 Experimental Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Laboratory by Amitabh Joshi, JNCASR, Bangalore, India


  • 10.30 - 11.00

    Tea/Coffee


  • 11.00 - 11.30

    Mentor Talk-5 Accidental Translation of Science by B. Ravindran, ILS, Bhubaneshwar, India


  • 11.30 - 13.00

    Panel Discussion - 2 Funding for science in India | Moderator: B Anand | Panelists: Funders - Shahid Jameel, IA; Srini V. Kaveri, CNRS; Vaishali Punjabi, DBT | Researchers: LS Shashidhara, IISER Pune; BK Thelma, DU; Rashna Bhandari, CDFD


  • 13.00 - 13.45

    Lunch


  • 13.45 - 15.00

    Break out session: Setting up labs and lab management


  • 15.00 - 16.30

    YI Poster session with Tea/Coffee (YIs with odd numbers present)


  • 16.30 - 17.00

    Mentor Talk-6 Retracing the steps of my scientific pursuit by BK Thelma, Delhi University, New Delhi, India


  • 17.00 - 17.30

    Outreach in science, a special session: Fun of doing Science by Arvind Gupta, IUCAA, Pune


  • 17.30 - 19.00

    Transport to River Cruise


  • 19.00 onwards

    Dinner on the Cruise

8th March

DAY 3: Young Investigators' Meeting 2019

  • 09.00 - 09.30

    YIM2018 Report Discussion - Satyajit Mayor, Rashna Bhandari and Roop Mallik


  • 09.30 - 10.00

    Mentor Talk-7 From immune cell development to function and back by Boris Reizis, NYU, NY, USA


  • 10.00 - 11.15

    Panel Discussion 3 Science communication | Moderator: Richa Rikhy | Panelists: Vasudevan Mukunth, The Wire; Aashima Dogra, The Life of Science; Sarah Iqbal, Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance; Leslee Lazar, IIT Gandhinagar; Chitra Ravi, APU; Amitabh Joshi, JNCASR


  • 11.15 - 11.45

    Tea/Coffee


  • 11.45 - 12.15

    Mentor Talk-8 After the malaria parasite turned out to be a plant by Saman Habib, CDRI, Lucknow, India


  • 12.15 - 12.45

    Keynote by K VijayRaghavan, PSA, Govt. of India


  • 12.45 - 13.45

    Lunch


  • 13.45 - 15.00

    Panel discussion 4 Mentoring | Moderator: Rashna Bhandari | Panelists: Roop Mallik, Saman Habib, Boris Reizis + 3 YIs


  • 15.00 - 17.00

    PDF poster session with Tea/Coffee


  • 17.00 - 18.00

    Session on Women in Science: Institutional Diversity, Women and Science in India and discussion coordinated by Anitha Kurup


  • 18.00 - 18.15

    Closing remarks by Satyajit Mayor, NCBS, Bangalore, India


  • 18.15 - 19.30

    YI + PDF Private Session


  • 19.30 onwards

    Banquet Dinner on the lawn

9th March

DAY 4: PDF Satellite Meeting

  • 09.00 - 09.05

    Introduction to The PDF Satellite Meeting - Rashna Bhandari


  • 09.05 - 10.00

    Institutional Talks (Session 1): Apurva Sarin, inStem; Rajaram Nityananda, Azim Premji University; Debashis Mitra, CDFD; Vivek Tanavde, Ahmedabad University; Tushar Vaidya, CCMB; Saman Habib, CDRI


  • 10.00 - 10.50

    PDF Lightning Talks Session 1 (10 PDFs talk for 5 mins each)


  • 10.50 - 11.20

    Tea/Coffee


  • 11.20 - 12.10

    Institutional Talks (Session 2): Samit Chattopadhyay, IICB; BJ Rao, IISER Tirupathi; Satyajit Mayor, NCBS and TIFR-Hyderabad; S. Vadera, IIT Jodhpur; Kandala V Chary, IISER Behrampur


  • 12.10 - 13.00

    PDF Lightning Talks Session 2 (10 PDFs talk for 5 mins each)


  • 13.00 - 14.00

    Lunch


  • 14.00 - 14.50

    PDF Lightning Talks Session 3 (10 PDFs talk for 5 mins each)


  • 14.50 - 15.40

    Institutional Talks (Session 3): Sujoy Kumar Das Gupta , Bose Institute; Gautam Biswas, IIT Guwahati; LS Shashidhara, IISER Pune and Ashoka University; Tapas Chakraborty, IACS


  • 15.40 - 17.00

    PDF Poster Session with Tea/Coffee


  • 17.00 - 18.00

    PDF-Institutional Heads Open Session (Moderated by Roop Mallik/Rashna Bhandari)


  • 18.00 - 19.00

    Discussion around YIM2018 Theme report (Moderated by Satyajit Mayor/LS Shashidhara)


  • 19.30 onwards

    Dinner and informal discussions

10th March

DAY 5: PDF Satellite Meeting

  • 09.00 - 09.40

    Institutional Talks (Session 4): Narayan Banerjee, IISER Kolkata; Gopal C. Kundu, NCCS; Abhijit Chakrabarti, SINP; Sharmila Sengupta; NIBMG


  • 09.40 – 10.30

    PDF Lightning Talks Session 4 (10 PDFs talk for 5 mins each)


  • 10.30 - 11.00

    Tea/Coffee


  • 11.00- 11.40

    Institutional Talks (Session 5): D N Rao, IISc; Dinabandhu Sahoo, IBSD; N.C Talukdar, IASST; Roop Mallik, TIFR-Mumbai


  • 11.40 - 12.00

    Closing remarks to the PDF Satellite Meeting by Roop Mallik and open discussion


  • 12.00 onwards

    Interaction with Institutional heads, lunch and departure