Young Investigators Meeting (YIM), concludes at Gulmarg

Srinagar, March 31: The 7th edition of the Young Investigators Meeting (YIM) hosted by University of Kashmir concluded at Gulmarg on Tuesday.

Being held for the first time in Kashmir, this five-day meeting brought together an eclectic mix of India’s best early-career life-science researchers, postdoctoral fellows, reputed Indian and International scientists, administrators of institutions, funding agency representatives and science policy makers for five days of discussions and interactions focusing on science and careers in science.

The meeting is organised annually by India Bioscience, a science outreach initiative based out of the National Centre of Biological Science (NCBS), Bangalore.

This year the YIM enjoyed local support from the University of Kashmir in Srinagar.

The Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu and Tata Institute of the Fundamental Research, Mumbai were also involved in the organization of the meet.

NN Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir State and Chancellor, University of Kashmir joined the concluding day of the meeting together with Prof. Khurshid Andrabi, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir and Prof. Zaffar A. Reshi, Registrar University of Kashmir.

Addressing the researchers, Vohra said, “Scientists and science have to play a great role in adequate communication with the public at large so that there are no unscientific prejudices about certain scientific applications, which lend themselves towards enhancing productivity.”

In his well-received talk, Vohra also emphasised that the time has come to think about a second green revolution, which is sustainable and ecologically compatible.

“It is time to explore the possibility of a second green revolution in the country and you as young investigators and researchers have a great responsibility to make sure that efforts are put in and strategies are evolved in such a way so that the development on this front is both compatible as well as ecologically compatible,” said Vohra.

On the occasion the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi said, “It was great for the University of Kashmir to co-organise this exciting meeting, which brought some doyens of biological science, including Nobel Laureate, Sir Tim Hunt, to Kashmir. The Meeting will surely inspire our young generation of biologists to pursue new paradigms in biology.”

The Young Investigators Meeting 2015 opened on 27th March with the Postdoctoral Satellite Meeting.

Kick-starting the proceedings, introductory remarks were given by Satyajit Mayor (NCBS, Bangalore), L S Shashidhara (IISER, Pune) and Manzoor Shah (University of Kashmir). 

The Young Investigators’ Meeting began on the evening of 28th March with a welcome address by Ron Vale, Professor and HHMI Investigator at UCSF, and one of the founders of the YIM.

The keynote lecture was delivered by K Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, DBT.

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