Annual Event 2022

24th & 25th September 2022


What’s in store this year…


Sci-ROI (Science and Research Opportunities in India) strives to serve as a gateway for early-career Indian STEM professionals abroad to successfully transition back to India. The annual event is the flagship event of Sci-ROI for last six years, bringing together opportunities from various research fields and career avenues under one umbrella. We continue the tradition this year, with the seventh edition of the annual event.

The 7th annual event will feature keynote talk by Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at WHO. A new addition this year to the annual event program, is a virtual career fair. The career fair will involve various organizations in India interacting with the attendees about the job opportunities available for them to offer, in academia, industry as well as non-traditional career options, such as science communication. The annual event will also include lightning talks by selected participants about their work with experts providing feedback about tailoring their work to fit into the Indian scientific ecosystem, which will be very useful to all the attendees.  So make sure to register for the annual event so that you do not miss out on all these exciting programs! Registration opens August 28th.


Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Chief Scientist, WHO

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan is currently serving as the Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO). She is a paediatrician and a clinical scientist known for her work on tuberculosis and HIV. Dr. Swaminathan received her M.B.B.S. degree from the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune and an M.D. in Paediatrics from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. She also completed her medical post-doctoral fellowship in 1989 at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. After briefly working at the University of Leicester and Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Swaminathan returned to India in 1992, joining the National Centre for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) at Chennai. Dr. Swaminathan has served in various important positions, such as Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Director of the NIRT, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of the Department of Health Research (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) for the Govt. of India. Before joining her current position as Chief Scientist at WHO, Dr. Swaminathan also served as the Deputy Director-General of the WHO. In her current role at WHO, she was instrumental in guiding the world through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Swaminathan has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the ICMR Kshanika Oration Award, Indian Association of Microbiologist Lifetime Achievement award, NIPER ASTRAZENECA research endowment award, as well as fellow of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Indian Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Sciences, India. We are very excited and honored to have Dr. Swaminathan as the keynote speaker for the Sci-ROI Annual Event 2022, where the attendees will get to learn from her vast experience and expertise.


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