Sci-ROI Connect
Volume 8 | March 20, 2021
Sci-ROI initiative
Sci-ROI is coming up with a series of in-depth webinars on early career fellowships for anyone who is looking to transition to Indian academia. These webinars will have talks from successful grant applicants in Indian Institutes. They will be sharing their grant application process followed by a Panel discussion including representatives from Host Institutes and Funding agencies. If you have any questions on early career transitions or re-entry funding opportunities, these webinars will answer them all!

The first webinar from the series will be held on 3rd April 2021 on DST-Inspire Faculty Fellowship. Visit www.sciroi.net for more information.
Dr. Sriram's view on networking -
"Sci-ROI brought me in contact with a group/community of people who were in a similar situation as I was. Any kind of transition is challenging to make, hence it is good to have a ready network. This network also assists me in keeping in touch with mainstream science. I have a sense of what is going on, what are the difficulties and opportunities, and what can be done due to the network."

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:

research.ops.india@gmail.com
Volunteer's Corner
KANIKA KHANNA
I am currently a postdoc in Stanford University investigating the gut microbiome and their impact on the host. I obtained my PhD in 2020 from UCSD where I investigated the workings of macromolecular complexes in bacteria using cryo-electron microscopy.
 
In 2013, I found a life-long mentor in Prof. Aseem Ansari when I was awarded the Khorana scholarship. That's how I was acquainted with Sci-ROI. In 2020, I attended Sci-ROI’s virtual annual meeting and was instantly taken by the idea of connecting the Indian diaspora to peers at home. I became eager to contribute to this budding organization which has the potential to make great strides in not only helping to foster connections between the Indian diaspora to professional opportunities in India but also showcase and critically empower the science and technology sector in India to the rest of the world. 
 
With this thought in mind, I organized the "Cryo-electron microscopy in India" webinar with Sci-ROI in December 2020 to engage students and post-docs carrying out cryo-EM research abroad in a dialogue with the cryo-EM community in India. I officially joined the core team in Feb 2021 to as a part of the blogging and the social media team.

Know more about Kanika 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.
Current Affairs
The annual Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM) brings together exceptional young and senior scientists, heads of institutes, and representatives from funding agencies for discussions and interactions focusing on science and careers in a broad range of disciplines of biology. Since its inception in 2009, the YIM has established its brand in the life-science fraternity. The meeting has created a vibrant atmosphere for exchanging ideas for improving science in India and catalysing friendships and collaborations between young Indian scientists. Register here.

Register to listen to talks by Indian women neuroscientists – including early and middle career scientists along with field leaders and Indian-origin scientists working outside India.

Special events include The ALBA Network session on ‘Bias in Indian STEM’ moderated by Prof. Shubha Tole and a workshop on Gender Awareness and Bias Sensitisation by Ungender.
The Vice Chancellor and the Deans of Ahmedabad University invite you to a Webinar on Faculty Opportunities at one of India’s most exciting and serious academic centre that has been established in the 21st century. - Sign up today! 
The 13th Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM 2021), organized by IndiaBioscience, was held in a virtual format from 17-19 March.
YIM 2021 featured:
  • Mentor talks (live stream) by renowned mid-career scientists from India.
  • Special talks on leadership, scientific integrity, community outreach and science communication
  • Panel discussions and breakout session on topics pertinent to young researchers
  • Informal networking session
For program contents click here.
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Cactus Foundation Mental Health Survey

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