India Alliance's Annual Fellows Meeting 2015
28 Dec 2015
Showcasing Indian Science and Scientists in Hyderabad
The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance hosted its two-day Annual Meeting on 5-6th November 2015 at Novotel Hyderabad. This meeting brought together 100 of its funded scientists (Fellows) from around 50 institutions across India, along with Wellcome Trust personnel and about 30 eminent Indian and international scientists from University of Oxford, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford, University of California, USA, University of North Texas Health Science Center, USA, Johns Hopkins University, USA, University of Leeds, University of Dundee, UK and Institute of Molecular, Cell Biology, Portugal, University College of London, National Institute of Medical Research, UK and MRC National Institute of Medical Research, UK. Two representatives from the African Academy of Sciences also participated in this two-day event to understand the operations of the India Alliance as they prepare for a similar partnership with the Wellcome Trust, UK, in Africa. The scientific research presented at the meeting was on themes ranging from genomics, cancer, neuroscience, nutrition, stem cell research and many others. Apart from the scientific presentations, there were talks and discussions on various facets of biomedical research in India. Dr Simon Kay, International operations, Wellcome Trust, UK, discussed the importance of diversity in science and urged the scientists in the audience to maintain and respect diversity in their workplaces. Renowned Indian scientist, Prof D Balasubramanian, LVPEI, Hyderabad, encouraged the scientists in attendance to talk about their science to the public and explained the importance of this engagement. As part of a public engagement exercise, the two-day event also included a display of research images by the Fellows, which were judged for their visual impact, context and its understandability for a public audience. There were many interactive sessions throughout the two days which discussed and showcased the research funded by the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance.