An Overview of Research and Collaboration in the Life Sciences in India

A one-day event is planned in association with YIM (UK) at Cambridge focusing specifically on India-Europe (and UK in particular) possibilities on September 9, 2015 at Cambridge University, UK.

When: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, 9th September, 2015
Where: Deakin Center, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ
Registration details: £5 to attend; £12 with networking dinner

To register, please fill in the application form. Please note that your registration will be accepted only after payment is completed.

The event will focus on emerging trends in science (particularly biology) in India and the UK, and on collaborative research between the two countries. Sessions will also shed light on opportunities for young scientists and researchers outside India to collaborate with or work in Indian institutions. The one-day event will open with keynote talks by prominent scientists in India and the UK who will provide a flavour of the changing research environments, new initiatives, and agreements between India, UK and other countries that allow for mobility of researchers, funds and projects. Scientists from the UK who work in close collaboration with Indian institutions or scientists will talk of results and learnings from their bilateral research projects. A few young scientists from India will also be invited to talk about the work environment, their experiences in relocating and pursuing collaborative research. This will be followed by an interaction session.

Representatives from Indian and European funding agencies will then explain their schemes for bilateral research projects, start-up grants for young researchers and mobility options between Europe (specifically UK) and India. The session will be structured with talks by individual agencies, followed by a group discussion session. Agency representatives will be seated at different tables, and participants will be encouraged to approach them for further discussions. Confirmed funding agencies so far include Department of Biotechnology, Department of Science and Technology, EMBO, Max Plank Gesellschaft and Euraxess Links UK.

Following this, there will be a poster session where senior PhD students and postdoctoral scholars will present their research. The last session will feature talks by representatives of corporate houses that have research laboratories in India and Europe that are looking to expand or collaborate. Given the growth in the life-science industry in India, we believe representation from this sector is essential. The day will end with a discussion about how to enhance such India-UK initiatives in the coming years and a networking dinner.



  • K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of BioTechnology, Government of India
  • L.S. Shashidhara, IISER Pune, India
  • Ashok Venkitaraman, Cambridge University, UK
  • Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
  • S. Ramaswamy, InStem (Institute for Stem Cell Regeneration and Medicene), Bangalore, India
  • Govindan Rangarajan, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • Anuradha Lohia, Presidency University
  • Several other scientists from the UK have expressed interest and will confirm attendance shortly

Funding Agency Representatives

  • Manjula Rao, British Council
  • Shahid Jameel, Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance, India
  • Suman Govil, Department of BioTechnology, Government of India
  • Meenakshi Munshi, Department of BioTechnology, Government of India
  • Anne-Marie Glynn, EMBO
  • A few other funding agencies have expressed interest and will confirm attendance shortly

  Session Speaker
9:00-9:05 Introduction to the meeting Nibedita Mukherjee, YIM UK
9:05-9:15   Nandini Rajamani, IndiaBioscience, NCBS
9:15-9:35 ACADEMIC CAREERS  LS Shashidhara, IISER Pune
9:35-9:55   Ashok Venkitaraman, Cambridge
9:55-10:15   G Rangarajan, IISc
10:15-10:35   Anuradha Lohia, Presidency University
11:00-11:20 ALTERNATE CAREERS S Ramaswamy, inStem & C-Camp
11:20-11:40   Biocon
11:40-12:30 INTERACTION SESSION Interaction session
12:30-1:45 LUNCH LUNCH
1:45-2:05 INDIA-UK OPPORTUNITIES Manjula Rao, British Council
2:05-2:25   Shahid Jameel, Wellcome/DBT India Alliance
2:25-2:55   Suman Govil, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India
2:55-3:15   Anne-Marie Glynn, EMBO
3:15-3:35   Meenakshi Munshi, DBT
3:35-3:55   One more funding agency
5:00-6:00 INDIA - THE BIG PICTURE K VijayRaghavan, DBT & NCBS
7:30-9:00 Dinner Dinner

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