The annual Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM) brings together exceptional young scientists, 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 own scientific journeys providing inspirational as well as amusing anecdotes about their experiences with establishing scientific careers. Since its inception in 2009, the YIM has established its brand in the scientific fraternity. The meeting has created a vibrant atmosphere for outstanding scientific discussions, the exchange of ideas for improving science in India, and catalyzing friendships and collaborations between young Indian scientists.
Prior to the YIM, there is a one and half day Satellite Meeting that enables our invited postdoctoral fellows to learn about jobs in India and meet Directors/Vice-Chancellors of institutes and universities from across India. We also pair postdocs (PDFs) and junior faculty (YIs) to promote new connections and facilitate a first-hand account of setting up labs in 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.
YIM 2016, hosted by the Regional Center for Biotechnology (RCB), and IndiaBioscience, NCBS, had a diverse assortment of research talks, which enabled the participants to absorb the best of all forms of biology. Eminent researchers were invited to be mentors and speakers, focusing on computational biology, evolution, cell division, membrane dynamics, microfluidics, virology, molecular signaling and translational medicine.