Author:  HARINI BARATH

Anton van Leeuwenhoek, celebrated as "the father of microbiology", was originally a trader of drapes and linens. He became fascinated with lenses, which were commonly used as magnifying glasses to count threads, and soon mastered the art of lens making.

Author:  HARINI BARATH

How many scientists are remembered not just as exceptional researchers but also as great teachers? Richard Feynman is one of the first names that would spring to the minds of many in this context. And for good reason. His formidable scientific legacy is matched only by his reputation as a teacher extraordinaire.

Author:  HARINI BARATH

Recognition of one’s achievements is always gratifying. Awards therefore play an important role as a mark of professional recognition within the scientific community. The INSA Young Scientist Award was established in 1974 to distinguish scientists who have made notable contribution within their field. Each year, 30 promising scientists below the age of 35 are selected by a committee for the award. Nominations are called for each year around April/May and an INSA appointed committee selects the awardees.

Author:  HARINI BARATH

Does the classroom really prepare students for a research career? An early, hands-on exposure to research intuitively seems a better introduction to real science. Most importantly, it would give students a chance to find out for themselves whether they really have a flair for research. The Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education (PHIRE) program provides high school and undergraduate students just that. 

Author:  HARINI BARATH

People from all walks of life are contributing to science. They volunteer to join forces with researchers to help in collecting vital scientific data, analyzing large volumes of data and answering important scientific questions. This trend is gaining popularity in India, with several new initiatives being launched to drum up public involvement in scientific endeavors.

Author:  HARINI BARATH

Couples in academia are a rising trend, one that academic institutions simply cannot ignore. Harini Barath speaks to six couples from different Institutes in India about the extra constraints and challenges they battle when looking for jobs, and how Universities and Institutes can help. The conversations reveal a pressing need for discussion and clarity in policy.

Author:  HARINI BARATH

Are you looking for opportunities to pursue a research career in Europe? Would you like to collaborate with a European lab to take your research further? EURAXESS Links India is the place to go to find the relevant information and contacts. Harini Barath tells us more about what they have to offer researchers who are looking for that European connection.