With the objective to study and co-develop programs to promote and facilitate Women in Science, Entrepreneurship and Research (WISER), an Indian delegation comprising of senior government officials, and scientists who have been promoting women in science, entrepreneurship and research in India visited USA from 14-18 July 2014. The goal of the visit was to facilitate research and educational partnerships between women scientists. To co-develop joint programs to promote leadership, mentoring, and networking of women scientists and entrepreneur in both countries and also to launch some joint programs for women in Science and Women entrepreneurs for consideration of US - India Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on S&T Cooperation scheduled in mid-November 2014.
The delegation had a very successful engagements and meetings at the National Science Foundation, Arlington VA; U.S. Department of State, Washington DC, Lockheed Martin, Global Vision Center (GVC), Crystal City, VA Intel, Santa Clara, TiE Silicon Valley, Anita Borg Institute (ABI), Palo Alto and University of California, Berkeley. The members of the delegation will continue to work with key stakeholders to organize and execute joint programs for Women in Science and Women entrepreneurs for consideration of US - India Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on S&T Cooperation scheduled in mid-November 2014
During the various interactions of the Indian delegation in USA, several areas of possible collaborations were identified such as Roundtable to catalyze researcher-to-researcher collaborations in STEM in partnership with National Science Foundation, Faculty fellowships for women in science in partnership with Department of Science and Technology, Executive education program on leadership for women in science in partnership with industry or Department of State, to build mentoring networks for women scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs, many program to promote women entrepreneurs through capacity building programs in partnership with Anita Borg Institute, TiE Silicon Valley and industry and Industry sponsored programs to promote Women in STEM.