A Career in Science

 

Women in science comprise only a small percentage of the total number of working women in India. Although there is no explicit discrimination against women at the various levels of education, attitudinal biases and absence of supportive institutional/social structures have, over the years, operated as powerful forces against talented women realizing their full potential in the pursuit of productive and rewarding careers in science.

The under-representation of women in science, particularly at the senior levels of teaching and research in India, has become a serious cause of concern for women scientists and women policy planners. Hence there is a need to make women aware of a career in science as a possible option of career and then to retain them in the profession.

In this direction Women in Science Panel has started a new initiative of conducting a series of seminars/ lectures on the topic "Women in Science : A Career in Science". This is a part of their Role Model Program. These seminars will have presentations by leading women scientists about latest developments in their area of activity, to showcase the work done by women scientists to an audience of both the genders.

The main objectives of this initiative are as follows:

  • To inspire and motivate young women to take up a career in Science.
  • To create an awareness on various career options available to young women scientists.
  • To explore avenues for entrepreneur development for women through Science.

Inaugural seminar at Cochin University of Science and Technology

The first inaugural seminar under this initiative was held at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Cochin on 5th April, 2008.

Convener:
Prof. Rohini Godbole, Chair, WiS Panel of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

Co-ordinators:
Dr Padma Nambisan and Dr Sarita G. Bhat, Department of Biotechnology, CUSAT, Cochin.

Date: April 5, 2008

Subject Speakers
Some new trends in differential equations Prof. Mythily Ramaswamy
TIFR Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Bangalore
Properties of molecular organized assemblies at interfaces Dr Aruna Dhathratreyan
Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai
The making of a flowering stem: lessons from molecular genetic analysis of flowering plants Prof. Usha Vijayraghavan
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Flow instabilities and other challenges in fluid mechanics Prof. Rama Govindarajan
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore
Transport, congestion and traps in a communication network Prof. Neelima Gupte
Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
Women power in space science Dr Geetha Ramkumar
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum

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Seminar Poster, Brochure, Report


Seminar at St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad

This is the second seminar under this initiative, held at the St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad on 13th September, 2008.

Convener:
Prof. Rohini Godbole, Chair, WiS Panel of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

Co-ordinators:
Dr Riddhi Shah, School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and TIFR, Mumbai.
Dr Shanti Prasanna, Department of Mathematics, St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad.

Date: September 13, 2008

Subject Speakers
Making new neurons in the adult brain: Repairing circuits Dr Vidita Vaidya
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
The mystery of numbers Prof. Sujatha Ramdorai
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Evolution of early solar system Dr Kuljeet Kaur Marhas
Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
Women are born for science Dr Tanuja Kulshreshtha
Zydus Research Centre, Ahmedabad
How RNA synthesis is regulated: Lessons from the single-celled parasite Entamoeba histolytica Prof. Sudha Bhattacharya
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Weather forecasting and its challenges Dr Kamaljit Ray
Indian Meteorological Department, Ahmedabad

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Seminar Poster, Brochure, Report


Seminar at Sanatana Dharma College, Allapuzha, Kerala

The third seminar was held at Sanatana Dharma College, Alappuzha, Kerala on 29th November, 2008.

Convener:
Dr Indira Narayanaswamy, Scientist F, ADA, Bangalore.

Co-ordinators:
Smt. C. P. Deepthi, Head, Department of Mathematics, S.D. College, Alappuzha.
Dr K.H Prema, Department of Chemistry, S.D. College, Alappuzha.

Date: November 29, 2008

Subject Speakers
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme and aerodynamic studies Dr Indira Narayanaswamy
Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore
Bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides & bio-composts for a hazard free agriculture Dr Jayasree Krishnakutty
College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur
Development of indigenous bio-pharmaceuticals Dr Lissy K. Krishnan
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
Disaster susceptibilities & options of interventions - Kerala context Dr K. G. Thara
State Disaster Management Authorities, Govt of Kerala, Trivandrum
Nanobiology & cancer research Dr Annie Abraham
University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram

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Seminar Poster, Brochure, Report


Seminar on 'Women in Science and Technology' at PAN-IIT, Chennai

The Panel organized a seminar on 'Women in Science and Technology' under the Career in Science initiative at the PAN-IIT convention at IIT Madras, on 20th December 2008.

Conveners:
Dr Neelima Gupte, IIT Madras
Dr Prema Rajagopalan, IIT Madras
Dr Shobhana Narasimhan, JNCASR, Bangalore

Date: December 20, 2008

Subject Speakers
Equity for women in Science & Technology Prof. Shobhana Narasimhan
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore
Women in Physics Dr Sumathi Rao
Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
Women in Science Dr Krishna Athreya
Iowa State University, USA

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Seminar Poster, Brochure, Report


Seminar on Women in Science & Technology: Career in Science & Technology

Centre for Empowerment of Women, Anna University organized a two-day seminar between 15 and 16 May 2010 in collaboration with WiS Panel of the Academy, at Anna University.

Conveners:
Prof. Hema Achyuthan, Director, Centre for Empowerment of Women, Anna University.

Organizing Committee Members (Anna University):
Dr K. Hemalatha, Dept. of Mathematics
Dr N. K. Ambujam, Centre for Water Resources
Dr S. Lakshmi, Div. of Urban & Traffic Engineering
Dr P. Aruna, Dept. of Physics
Dr B. Umamaheswari, Dept. of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Dr Kanaga Durga, Dept. of Mathematics
Dr V. Gomathi, Dept. of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Dr R. Vidya, Institute of Remote Sensing
Dr Radha Ramachandran, Centre for Biotechnology

Date: May 15-16, 2010

Subject Speakers
Current concepts in Epilepsy management Dr Prithika Chary
Apollo Hospital, Chennai
The making of a flowering stem: Lessons from molecular genetic analysis of flowering in model plants Prof. Usha Vijayaraghavan
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
The Anusat experiences Dr B. Umamaheswari
Anna University, Chennai
Statistical characteristics of communication networks Prof. Neelima Gupte
Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
Solitons in Bose-Einstein condensates Dr Radha Balakrishnan
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
Flavor Physics Dr Nita Sinha
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
Do women have career choices? Which way now? Dr Aruna Dhathathreyan
Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai
Application of isotopes in paleonvironmental studies to understand paleoclimatic shifts Prof. Hema Achyuthan
Anna University, Chennai
Using enzymes - Nature's own catalysts for 'Green' chemistry Prof. Anju Chadha
Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
Archaeology as career for women Dr Sathyabhama Badhreenath
Superintending Archaeologist, Chennai
Armoured fighting vehicles Dr R. Prabhavathy
DRDO, CVRDE, Chennai
Women in science: The Lilavati's Daughters project Prof. Ram Ramaswamy
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

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Special Lectures at Maharani Lakshmi Ammani College for Women, Bangalore

The Panel organized a one day Lecture on the occasion of International Women's day at Maharani Lakshmi Ammani College for Women, Bangalore on 06th March 2012.

Convener:
Prof. Rohini Godbole, IISc Bangalore

Co-ordinator:
Dr Sharmista Sahu, MLACW Bangalore

Subject Speakers
How do 'soft' materials move when pushed really hard? Ranjini Bandyopadhyay
Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
When size matters Prof. Shobhana Narasimhan
JNCASR, Bangalore

One day lecture on 'Science Career Initiative: Women in Science' at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore

The Panel organized a one day Lecture on 'Science Career initiative: Women in Science' at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore on 09th March 2013.

Convener:
Prof. Rohini Godbole, IISc Bangalore

Co-ordinator:
Dr Mahua Ghosh, MCC Bangalore

Subject Speakers
Discovery of a new boson particle: Higgs Boson Prof. Rohini Godbole
IISc, Bangalore
Social organization in Female Elephants Prof. Vidya T N C
JNCASR, Bangalore
Understanding our planet: prespective from an earth scientist Prof. Attreyee Ghosh
IISc, Bangalore
Panel Discussion Prof. Rohini Godbole
Dr Prabha Chatterji
Dr T.N.C. Vidya
Dr Attreyee Ghosh

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One day lecture workshop on "Women in Science: Career in Science" at SRN Adarsh College, Bangalore

11th March 2014, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm at SRN Adarsh College, Bangalore

Convener:
Prof. Rohini Godbole, IISc, Bangalore

Co-ordinator:
Dr Vijaya B., SRN Adarsh College, Bangalore

Programmes

9:30 am Inauguration
Preliminary Remarks Dr. Rohini M. Godbole
Indian Institute of Science
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Session-I
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Ranjini Bandyopadhyay
Raman Research Institure, Bengaluru
'The Curious Case of Soft Materials'
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10:45 am - 11: 45 am Tea Break
Session-II
11:00 am - 11:45am
Gurpreet Kaur
Novozymes South Asia Pvt. Ltd.
'Biotechnology in Applied Research'
Session-III
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Urbasi Sinha, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru
Session-IV
12:30 pm : 1:15 pm
Prajval Shastri
Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru
'Harnessing Gravity to Glow and Grow: Galaxies and their Black'
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1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Break
Session-V
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Panel Discussion on 'Women in Science'
By:
Vidyanand Nanjundaiah, Indian Institute of Science
Mukund Thattai, National Centre for Biological Sciences
Sheela K. Ramasesha, Indian Institute of Science
Prajval Shastri, Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Mahua Ghosh, Mount Carmel College

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Poster and Invitation


Two-day lecture workshop on 'Women in Science: Career in Science' to commemorate Prof. Anna Mani's 96th Birth Anniversary at CMR Institute of Management, Bangalore

Two-day lecture workshop on Women in Science: Career in Science was held between 22 & 23 August 2014 at CMR Institute of Management Studies, Bangaore, to commemorate Prof. Anna Mani's 96th birth anniversary.

Convener:
Prof. Rohini Godbole, IISc, Bangalore

Co-ordinator:
Dr Beena Vinod, CMR Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore

To commemorate Prof. Anna Mani's 96th Birthday CMR Institute of Management Studies

Programmes

22 August 2014
09:30am Inauguration
10.30am Dr Chandrima Shaha
A Career in Science: "The pleasure of discovering new things"
11:30am Tea Break
11.45am Dr R. Sowdhamini
Protein domains and functions
01.45pm Dr Shubha V
Indigenous development at CSIR-NAL for Aerospace and Strategic sectors
02.45pm Dr Shobhana Narasimhan
Designing novel nanomaterials from first principles
03.45pm Ms. Kalpana Margabandhu
Pathways for Technical Women - the Technologistas
23 August 2014
09.30am Dr Dipshikha Chakravortty
Bacteria - What makes them good or bad
11:30am Tea Break
Dr Kusala Rajendran
"Challenges for Women in Science: Perspective of an Earth scientist"
12.45pm Lunch Break
1.45pm Panel Discussion
Dr Dipankar Chatterji
Dr Dipshikha Chakravortty
Dr Gaargi Dasgupta
Dr Rohini M. Godbole
Dr Srinivasan J.
3.30pm Valedictory

One day lecture workshop on 'Women in Science: Career in Science' at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, New Delhi

One day lecture workshop on Women in Science: Career in Science was held on 17 October 2014 at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, University of Delhi, New Delhi.

Convener:
Dr Chandrima Shaha, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi

Co-ordinator:
Dr Manoj Saxena, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, New Delhi

Subject Speakers
Scientific career: the pleasure of solving mysteries Dr Chandrima Shaha
National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi
Evidence for Hyaluronan Bonding Protein 1 (HABP1) as a Tumor Biomarker Dr Kasturi Datta
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Engineering Plants for the Changing Climatic Scenario Prof. Paramjit Khurana
University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi
Photonics Research in India - A Personal View Dr Niloufer Shroff
Electronics Niketan, DEiTY, MCIT
Government of India
Panel Discussion on Encouraging Women in Science will Enrich Science Dr Chandrima Shaha
National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi
Dr Niloufer Shroff
Electronics Niketan, DEiTY, MCIT Government of India
Prof. Mridula Gupta
University of Delhi South Campus
Prof. Riddhi Shah
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Prof. Geetha Venkataraman
Ambedkar University, New Delhi
Prof. Mini Shaji Thomas
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

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One day lecture workshop on 'Women in Science: Career in Science' at Karnataka State Women's University, Bijapur

One day lecture workshop on 'Women in Science: Career in Science' was held at Karnataka State Women's University, Bijapur on 08 March 2015.

Convener:
Prof. Riddhi Shah, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Co-ordinator:
Dr M. S. Jogad, Karnataka State Women's University, Bijapur

Programmes

9.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. Inauguration
10.00 a.m. - 10.45 a.m. "Making the most from a Protein Sequence"
Dr Lalitha Guruprasad, University of Hyderabad
10.45 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. "Fun with knots"
Dr P. Ramadevi, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
11.15 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. "Chemistry, Biology and Physics of Stars and Galaxies"
Dr Annapurni Subramanian, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
12.00 p.m. - 01.30 p.m. Lunch
01.30 p.m. - 02.15 p.m. "Shape Optimization Problems via the Problem of Queen Dido"
Dr. Anisa Chorwadwala, IISER, Pune
02.15 p.m. - 03.00 p.m. "Eavesdropping of Chitter Chatter at a Synapse using Computational Simulations"?
Dr. Suhita Nadkarni, IISER Pune
03.00 p.m. - 04.00 p.m. Panel Discussion
  'Vote of Thanks' followed by Tea

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