A programme to empower mid-career female scientists from India brought 23 delegates to attend workshops on topics from building negotiation skills to delegating more effectively. The visit included a tour of the the Department of Plant Sciences, the Botanic Garden, the Algal Innovation Centre (AIC) and The Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, the Innovation Farm at the National Institute Of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and the John Innes Centre (JIC). Ultimately, it is hoped that the Innovation Farm concept will also be developed at universities and research institutes across India to train women farmers in the latest agricultural techniques.
They had a great time at the AIC – lots of interest in using algae for bioenergy, pigments and bioremediation in India - Dr Matthew Davey
The skills exchange took part following the signing of a Crop Sciences MOU earlier this year between Department of Biotechnology (DBT) India and the University of Cambridge and NIAB, as well as the JIC, Rothamsted Research and UEA, together with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and has been supported by the Newton Bhabha Fund.
The programme was co-ordinated by Professor Howard Griffiths, Co-Chair of the University of Cambridge’s Global Food Security Strategic Initiative, who said: “We are pleased to be able to host the workshop to empower leadership in female scientists from India." More here