Young Investigator Meeting (YIM) Boston is an interactive platform for scientists to learn about the world's evolving, dynamic and radical innovation system, and the growing need for intellectual leaders.
Global challenges such as the growing population, quality health care, food, shelter and energy become pressing issues to scientists from various disciplines including social scientists, engineers and economists. To have an impact on this dynamic global environment, there is a dire need for young scientists to innovate solutions focused on these challenges. Apart from being an exceptional scientist, an individual needs to possess sound leadership and management skills. These needs have led to the inception of a unique initiative, “Young Investigator Meeting (YIM) Boston” with the underlying aim to empower young scientists to progress into scientific, academic, industrial and entrepreneurial leaders. YIM Boston provides a strategic platform for young scientists to bridge the gap between science and leadership.
YIM Boston is proud to be a catalyst of such an effort. We would like to invite YOU to join hands in this initiative and engage in intriguing discussions with young scientists from different backgrounds.
“Though structural changes will take time to implement, India is taking initiatives to change the way science is administered. We need to bring back much more of our young talent from the US to India if we need to succeed in a long run. Exciting to see the influence of organizations such as YIM Boston to catalyze this brain drain to brain gain for India.”
Prof. Inder Verma, Advisor YIM Boston
“Despite the often quoted challenges of bureaucracy and poor infrastructure, there are possibilities in doing high quality science in India. It is possible to change the rules of the game by the young scientists returning to India”
Prof. Shiladitya Sengupta, Advisor YIM Boston
“It is always great to be an Indian, but now it is great to be in India. I am excited and proud to see YIM Boston catalyzing a radical movement of brain drain to brain gain for India. After all, it is by getting the best of Indian minds back to India that we can create the new India of our dreams”
Prof. Raghunath A. Mashelkar
“YIM had started with a great vision to make a broader impact in an Indian research community beyond facilitating young scientists to find a position. YIM infuses highly motivated and outstanding talent into Indian research community to have a broader impact through promoting a highly collaborative and dynamic scientific culture. I truly believe these seeds will start showing results maybe a decade from now.”
Dr. Praveen Vemula
“It is marvelous to experience the energy of a fresh YIM group (every year), of highly trained and motivated young researchers. These young women and men are keen to transform their own intellectual lives and those of aspiring students, by returning to India not only to initiate their careers as independent scientists, but also to participate in our changing society as citizens. Although their disciplines, chosen paths and individual experiences vary widely, this group has one thing in common-their appreciation of our world has changed immeasurably because they all took two steps: first, to leave home and second, to return. Their altered perceptions of “the home and the world” are bound to impact science and society.”
Dr. Jyotsna Dhawan, Chief Scientist - CCMB, Hyderabad
“YIM-Boston for me represents a continuous conversation between scientific leaders of the present and of the future. YIM-Boston has worked hard over the years to ensure that it does not degenerate into a job fair, but rather paint an accurate picture of starting a lab and how to realize a vision in the complexity. In doing so, fresh input is injected by high quality young scientists while the current thought leaders can articulate the unique advantages and challenges in emerging Indian scientific landscape.”
Dr. Yamuna Krishnan, Professor, University of Chicago
“Since 2009, YIM has helped about 80 young scientists get back to India with new, independent careers. The goal is to have around 300 people in the next 5 years and about a thousand scientists in the next 15-20 years back in India. These thousand people could influence the next generation of scientists to think differently.”
Ajikumar Parayil, Mentor, YIM Boston
“YIM Boston has been a great platform for us to meet outstanding young scientists and learning their aspirations. YIM Boston has done a great service to academia, and we are deeply appreciative of the selfless efforts.”
Prof. Sudhir Jain, Director, IIT-Gandhinagar
YIM was initiated with the unique vision of social entrepreneurship to influence higher education and scientific community. This initiative was founded in 2009, by a group of scientists and entrepreneurs from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University - to provide an interactive platform for young scientists from different disciplines to network with thought leaders and policy-makers from academic and industrial institutions.
The 3-day event allows attendees from various parts of the world to participate in a various panel discussions, networking sessions and keynote speeches by eminent scientists and policy makers. The final 2-days closed session provides opportunities for 50-60 shortlisted young researchers, ready to start their independent career, to attend panel discussions and network so as to explore their role in scientific advancement.
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