Sci-ROI Connect
Volume 13 | Aug 20, 2021
Sci-ROI initiative
Sci-ROI is excited to announce that the registration for the 2021 virtual annual event is now OPEN. While the platform has gone virtual, the event is designed to facilitate a seamless interaction of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research scientists with the senior policymakers, scientists, and entrepreneurs from India. Once you register, you will embark on an exciting journey of scientific discourse, networking, fun-filled contests and much more!

Event highlights:
  • 8 sessions (50+ panelists) from academia, industry, funding opportunities, entrepreneurship, research management, science communication & policy
  • Workshops on 'how to communicate your science' & 'showcasing translational skills'
  • Access to pre-recorded talks/interviews from the panelists beyond the event
  • Breakout sessions with individual panelists to interact and network with the Indian mentors
  • Live 3 MINUTE TALK on your research and its significance in Indian scientific ecosystem
  • Sci-Art CONTEST to recognize and honour your scientific and artistic insights
  • Networking with the participants at the Virtual Event Platform (Whova)
  • Year round networking with the participants through dedicated Slack channels
  • Free access to the Sci-ROI's year-round activities such as live webinars, job portal, blog interviews and monthly newsletter.

Register here.
Are you planning to transition soon to Indian academia? Sci-ROI is here to help! We are excited to announce a brand new session ' STEM in India: Local Problems, Global Solutions' during the 2021 annual event. Pitch your research idea and its relevance in Indian scientific ecosystem in a 3-minute talk and get expert advice from top researchers in your field on how to tailor your ideas/proposals. Learn more about the 3-minute talk session here.

Abstract submission deadline: August 27th
Sci-ROI welcomes all scientists to unleash their artistic side in a Sci-Art contest being held at the 6th Annual event. This is an excellent opportunity to explore your creativity and bring your unique perspectives to life.

Your scientific and artistic insights will be recognized worldwide through our social media platforms. Winning entries will be used as the virtual Zoom background and will receive gift cards during the annual event. Learn more here.
Are you an Indian STEM professional currently working in Germany or India? Would you like to learn more about science and research opportunities that are available in India? Join us to learn more about how you could contribute to or participate in the Indo-German collaborative avenues or smoothly transition back to India.

Sci-ROI is organizing a virtual public outreach webinar in Germany on August 22nd (Sunday) at 10 AM EST/ 4 PM CEST/ 7:30 PM IST. There will be talks by eminent speakers and panelists from Indian Embassy, Berlin, R&D institutes and funding agencies in Germany, followed by open Q&A session.

Please register here.
The Indian education system has been facilitating undergraduate classroom more than learning from performing scientific activities. Learn from top experts in the field of curriculum and program development for undergraduate research in India on how to bridge this gap!

Sci-ROI@India, a young and growing team of STEM professionals working to facilitate the dynamic changes in the Indian STEM ecosystem, is hosting a panel discussion as part of our new 'Evolving trends in Indian STEM' webinar series.
Join our insightful panelists and us on August 26 (Thursday) at 10 AM EST/ 7:30 PM IST, where we will focus on key issues relevant to making undergraduate research and mentorship in India more accessible and impactful. Register here.
Sci-ROI would like to highlight its Blog Interview, "In the spotlight" with Dr. Sarah Hyder Iqbal talking about her career journey, her views on the future of public engagement and science outreach in India.

Dr Iqbal is a communications and science engagement strategist. She has led innovative public engagement programmes such as the Superheroes Against Superbugs (India), Arting Health for Impact (International) and Planet Divoc-91 (International) among others. She received her Ph.D in Biochemistry from Oxford University, UK and joined Scripps Research Institute, USA as a research scientist.
After her postdoc she joined DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance as a Public engagement officer and soon became the Lead in Communications and Public Engagement.

Listen to Dr. Iqbal's unique career transition journey while she talks with Sci-ROI volunteers, Dr. Ananya Mukherjee and Dr. Kanika Khanna.

Sci-ROI is inviting members to write blog articles with a focus on STEM sectors in India. We are looking at several ideas such as - New Faculty transition, Established Scientists in Indian academics, Current STEM events, Cutting edge Research in Indian Academia or Industry, Online STEM education, Creative STEM ventures, Start-up stories, Unique Careers and many more.

If you have any idea or unique story which you want to share with our members. please pitch them by writing to us at:
Volunteer's Corner
Dr. Madhumati Sevvana (Madhu) is a virology researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. Madhu uses structural virology methods to decode host-pathogen interactions and neutralization mechanisms of RNA viruses with a goal of developing structure-based therapeutics and vaccines. She studied biochemistry in India (@HydUniv), graduated as a structural biologist at the Max Planck Research School (@mpi_bpc) and University of Goettingen (@uniGoettingen) in Germany and continued her postdoctoral education in Southern Germany before she moved to Purdue University (@LifeAtPurdue) in 2016.

Madhu has been volunteering for Sci-ROI (@sciROI) since February 2021. She was introduced to Sci-ROI via an exceptionally informative “cryo-EM in India” webinar organized in December 2020. Madhu is inspired by Sci-ROI’s vision of connecting STEM researchers in the U.S. to Indian academia (and industry). Her work will primarily focus on Sci-ROI’s academic outreach in Europe to facilitate accessing STEM opportunities in India and contribute towards Indo-European collaborative avenues. In addition, she is part of Sci-ROI’s social media team and is interested in organizing events on successful academia to industry transition. 

Learn more about Madhu here.
Current Job Opportunities in India
Sci-ROI's job portal is dedicated for helping researchers and Ph.D. scholars accessing job opportunities in India. These job listings are targeted towards research, industry and entrepreneurship that may be of interest to the STEM community. Checkout some new additions to our Job Portal.
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Sci-ROI has come up with a series of in-depth webinars on early career fellowships for anyone who is looking to transition to Indian academia. These webinars focus on talks from successful grant applicants in Indian Institutes to share their grant application process followed by a Panel discussion including representatives from Host Institutes and Funding agencies.

The last one from the series was held in July on Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship which was attended by more than 250 participants from all over the world. The absorbing panel discussion dissected several layers of this fellowship application ranging from
funding agency, host institutions, research facilities and much more. The live pole during the session highlighted as one of the major concerns by the participants is getting sponsorship from a host institute. You can listed to the recorded webinar at our YouTube channel.
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