International Training Programme on Leadership and Career Development for Women Scientists and Technologists


International Training Program on Leadership and Career Development for Indian Women Scientists and Technologists

As a part of the continued efforts to promote Women in Science, the Indo- US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and CoACh International organized the Training Program in Leadership and Career Advancement for Indian women scientists and engineers. Two training programs were successfully organized on September 1-5, 2014, Delhi and September 8-12, 2014, Bangalore. The women scientists were trained on topics such as effective negotiation skills, successful leadership methods, communicating science effectively, working in a team environment, consensus building, establishing a strong in-person and internet presence, and publishing in respected journals, grant writing, and the job search. The training sessions were conducted by Prof. Geraldine Richmond, President Elect, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Founder and Chair of COACh International, Laura Greene, University of Illinois, Professor of Physics, Pushpalatha Murthy, Professor of Chemistry, Michigan Technological University and Program Directior in the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation and Jean Stockard, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon. Dr. Manju Sharma, Former Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Mr. John Beeds India Mission Director, USAID, Ms. Kumud Srinivasan, President, Intel India, Prof. Baldev Raj, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and Prof. Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, Chairperson, Centre For Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and Dr. Renu Swarup, Advisor, Department of Biotechnology shared their valuable perspective. Several highly accomplished and eminent Indian women scientists and technologist participated in the various Panel discussions organized during the training programs

Session I: Career Launch and Acceleration

This session provided techniques necessary for an effective career launch in STEM fields. Discussion, role-playing and group problem solving were important components of the session. The session included identifying participants’ strengths and interests, common mistakes of graduate students/faculty/researcher and ways to avoid them, effective in-person and cyber interviews, effective communication methods for research and teaching presentations, building a strong CV and developing a strong internet presence.

Session II: The Art of Effective Negotiation

This session taught the fundamentals of negotiation relevant to a variety of one-on-one conversations and group settings. Topics included the importance of negotiation to advance research and career objectives, identification of negotiables including start-up packages, space, authorship, supplies, etc., necessary elements of a successful negotiation, the importance of developing alternatives to an agreement, techniques for handling difficult people and conversations, the importance of listening and appreciating different viewpoints and identification of short and long-term negotiation goals.

Session III: Publishing Research in Peer Reviewed Journals

This session provided advice and training on publishing scientific and technical results in peer-reviewed English language journals. Topics include publication and review process for many journals, organizing a paper, determining when and where to publish results, identifying data to include in the publication and organizing the material, and working with editors and on-line submissions and responding to reviews.

Session IV: Persuasive Scientific Presentations

This session provided training on how to present research results in a manner that maximizes the ability of the audience to understand why the work was conducted, the methods used, the results obtained and impact of the research on the field. The content of the session was based on research that has examined factors that maximize audience retention of information by making a clear, concise and compelling oral/visual presentation.

Session V: Leadership and Networking Skills for Women in Science and Technology

The session included presentations by the facilitator, small group discussion and experiential learning. This session was designed to give participants the basic concepts of leadership, describe recent research on leadership qualities that lead to success and failure, discuss effective leadership styles for women in different cultures, conduct a self-assessment to identify areas for skills enhancement, provide techniques and strategies for career advancement into leadership roles, assist in developing and maintaining strong leadership networks.

Session VI: Mentoring for Success

This session included an assessment of participants’ interest in mentoring activities, an ssessment of previous mentors, responsibilities of the mentor and mentees, and skills identification for increasing the quality of interactions between mentor and mentee including effective listening and communication methods. This session includes an assessment of participants’ interest in mentoring activities, an assessment of previous mentors, responsibilities of the mentor and mentees, and skills identification for increasing the quality of interactions between mentor and mentee including effective listening and communication methods.

Session VII: Proposal Writing and Grantsmanship

This session module provided training in effective techniques for writing proposals to gain research support for a scientific or engineering project. Topics included identifying the priorities of the agency or program solicitation, determining criteria for assessment and writing to the criteria, developing a format for the proposal following known guidelines, identifying the objectives of the research project, developing a budget and cost assessment, interacting with program officers and agencies, and developing research partnerships. For each of these training programs the participants were drawn from the mid career Indian women scientists and trainers. Over 100 Indian women scientists across universities, R & D institutions were trained during these two training programs.

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Training Program Agenda Delhi

Training Program Agenda Bangalore




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