The annual Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM) brings together exceptional young and senior scientists, heads of institutions, and representatives from funding agencies for interactions focusing on science careers, mentoring and networking. The YIM 2021 program will feature illuminating talks by renowned scientists, networking sessions, and panel discussions that focus on a wide variety of topics, including mentorship, setting up a research group, navigating the post-COVID world, funding opportunities and research assessment. Established scientists will describe their scientific journeys, sharing inspirational and amusing anecdotes about their experiences with younger scientists who are establishing their careers.

Young Investigators’ Meeting 2021 will be held in an online mode. This has been a difficult decision, especially considering the nature of the meeting, but we believe that it is the best possible solution in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Although it will not be possible for us to meet in person, the meeting has been designed in such a way that it will enable the participants to network and forge connections. It will also give them the opportunity to share their experiences and become a part of the larger scientific community, which the YIMs are already known to cater to.

This year, there will be no PDF Satellite Meeting immediately following the YIM like always. Instead, we are organizing a (separate) Postdoctoral Fellows’ Meeting in mid-May.

YIM 2021 is majorly supported by the funding from The Department of Biotechnology (DBT).