The workshop was conceptualized during the visit of the WISER delegation in July 2014 and through a series of interactions between the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). It was also organized as a follow on of the earlier Women in Science workshops organized by US Embassy New Delhi, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum. The Workshop was organized in conjunction with the 3rd Indo-US Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology scheduled on 14 and 17 November 2014, New Delhi.
The focus of the Workshop was on leadership, mentoring, and evaluation with special emphasis on using evidence and data-based research to develop, implement and refine research-based programs related to promoting gender equity and STEM. The goal of the workshop was to initiate partnerships with Indian researchers on topics of mutual interest that promote the advancement of women in STEM fields and catalyze new research collaborations between India and the United States Dr. Jonathan Margolis, Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Science Space & Health, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Dr. Renu Swarup. The workshop was attended by the eminent women scientists and researchers from both US & India. The US participants were university researchers funded by NSF’s ADVANCE Program. The interactions enabled sharing of best practices and exchange of ideas and information on ways to change university structur, Senior Advisor, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Dr. Chandrima Shaha, Director, National Institute of Immunology, Delhi shared their perspectives during the Inaugural session es and cultures to assure that women faculty in STEM enjoy more productive, successful, and satisfying careers.
Various areas of collaboration were identified during the workshop including creating mentoring networks for Women Scientists, Leadership Training Programs and workshops on program/project evaluation.