Following the success of national Young Investigators' Meetings (YIMs) and the first Regional YIM in Hyderabad, the scientific community of Kolkata gathered in Presidency University on 5-6 February, 2019, with the motto: "Together today for a better tomorrow" for the first Kolkata chapter of Regional YIMs.
The advent of social media has greatly increased the ease and speed of sharing information, and the Indian scientific community has not lagged behind. In this first article in our new series on scientific networking, Karishma Kaushik and Snehal Kadam discuss the various ways in which researchers and science professionals can leverage the use of social media for influencing scientific discourse and policy.
We interviewed a behavioural ecologist passionate about teaching. Manjari Jain shares her experience of getting undergraduates interested in biology. From her struggles of establishing a lab come forth suggestions on balancing the myriad responsibilities of a young faculty.
Smita Jain, Executive Director of IndiaBioscience, speaks about the current research scenario in India and some of the most pressing challenges Indian researchers face today. She also throws in some unique but very useful career navigation advice for researchers, while revealing why she chose a career outside academia. This interview was first published on Editage Insights.
Narmadha Devi writes about mathematics for children in the Tamil student’s daily – ‘Pattam’, a product of Dinamalar groups. In this article, she discusses the importance of presenting science to children in an interesting, attractive and rational manner in order to build scientific temper for the future.
Gaiti Hasan is a Professor at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore. In this editorial, first published in Current Science, she speaks about the importance of setting up mechanisms to provide formal mentorship to researchers at all stages in their career, whether they are graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or young investigators.
Ron Vale is a Distinguished Professor at University of California, San Francisco. He is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and was recently named Executive Director of the Janelia Research Campus. He has co-founded several organizations dedicated to facilitating scientific publishing, outreach, mentorship and networking, including iBiology, ASAPbio and IndiaBioscience. During YIM 2019, we chatted with Ron Vale about his experience as a leader.