Conference on

Empowering S&T with Women- A Step towards a New Era

Schedule: 19-20 April, 2022
Venue: 110, LHB, IIT Jodhpur
Welcome to IIT Jodhpur
IIT Jodhpur, Rajasthan is a relatively young institute, and it is an exceptional venue with a vibrant academic and research atmosphere for scientific exchanges. The state-of-the-art campus of IITJ is housed with modern facilities for carrying out academic activities, lectures, seminars, and workshops.

About the Event

In present times, India and the entire world have recognized the significance of women in scientific development. Globally, women's empowerment is one of the key responsibilities for uplifting women in society, the workplace, and other interest areas. Consequently, gender equality has become a major requirement for creating a future science and technology (S&T) roadmap as women can equally contribute to societal advancement in India and in turn across the world. Indeed, the issue of sustainability relies on the continuous improvements in technology with futuristic inventions. Women will be a pivotal part of that drive and should be encouraged and empowered through education and work opportunities and the deliberate amendment of social constructs that restrain women in the workplace. Efforts are continually being made by Government and non-governmental agencies to inspire young girls to pursue science careers and become leaders and innovators in their communities.

SERB has constituted Women Excellence Award and POWER Fellowship and research grant for young and mid-age women researchers, respectively. DST has taken initiatives under DST Vigyan Jyoti program for young students for addressing gender gap at the grass-root level. Moreover, DST programs such as Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI scheme) is promoting gender equity in S&T and NIDHI Scheme for training, mentoring, and networking programs for women technopreneurs.

Women constitute merely 14% of the total 280,000 scientists, engineers, and technologists in research development institutions in India. According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) data, less than 30% of the world's researchers are women. Therefore, our moral duty is to promote gender parity towards sustainable scientific and technological development for a better world. The proposal is to construct a roadmap for young women for their involvement in S&T and create an inspirational environment for those interested in pursuing their career in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The key objective of the workshop is :
(a) To provide a platform for women researchers/scientists in interdisciplinary areas of STEM.
(b) Provide students and young researchers opportunities to interact with role models in science, especially through women achievers, to offer a glimpse into the reality of being a female working in the scientific field of interest.
(c) Exposure to women researchers from different local state universities and organizations bring together outstanding early‐career scientists, particularly women researchers working in universities, research institutions, and industries working in the domain of STEM to exchange their research ideas and expertise, thereby facilitating possible collaboration.
(d) Foster interdisciplinary research and transfer of knowledge that eventually can lead to a larger collaborative network for women scientists.
(e) Creating awareness on real-life challenges faced by working women in general, and ways to circumvent.

Program Details

Inaugural Speakers

Prof. Santanu Chaudhury

Director, IITJ

Prof. Sandeep Verma

Secretary, SERB

Prof. Chandrima Saha

President, INSA


Dr. Anil Kumar Mishra



Prof. Tanusri Saha Dasgupta

Director and Professor

S N Bose Institute, Kolkata

Prof. Alok Dhawan

Director, CBMR

Dr. Ajit Sharma

Managing Director

RSC India

The Conference will cover following thematic areas:

Theme: Biomedical, Bio-imaging & Therapeutics for Healthcare

Prof. Ruchi Anand

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

Prof. Neetu Singh

Associate Professor

Center for Biomedical Engineering, IIT Delhi

Prof. Mitali Mukerji


Department of Bioscience & Bioengineering, IIT Jodhpur

Theme: Sustainable Chemical Synthesis

Prof. Shabana Khan

Associate Professor


Dr. Namrata Rastogi

Principal Scientist

CSIR- CDRI, Lucknow

Prof. Bani Mahanti

Assistant Professor

Banaras Hindu University

Theme: Advanced Materials for Energy and Environment

Prof. Shobhana Narasimhan


Theoretical Sciences Unit JNCASR, Bangalore

Dr. Pooja Devi

Principal Scientist

CSIR CSIO, Chandigarh

Dr. Kiruthika S.

Assistant Professor

School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SASTRA

Theme: AI/IOT and Applications

Dr. Lipika Dey

Chief Scientist


Prof. Sriparna Saha

Associate Professor

Department of CSE, IIT Patna

Prof. Richa Singh


Department of CSE,IIT Jodhpur

Journey of Women Entrepreneurs

Dr Suphiya Khan


Drumlins Water Technologies

Dr. Anuya Nisal

Founder - Serigen Mediproducts

RAEng Leaders in Innovation Fellow, UK 2020, TEDx Speaker

Dr. Manjusha V. Shelke

Co-founder & Director

Rechargion Energy Pvt. Ltd, Pune

Dr. Rajesh Parishwad

Head, Public Policy, Engagement & Government Relations  

RSC India & South Asia

Town Hall on – “Societal challenges for Women in Sciences”

Dr Alejandra Palermo

Manager, Open Innovation  

Royal Society of Chemistry

Moderator: Dr. Sweta Raghwan

Editorial Development Manager

RSC, India


Registration Details

  • Every participant is requested to register here
  • A nominal registration fee (Rs. 1000/- for students & Rs. 2000/- for faculty) needs to be paid from the link given in the form.
  • The last date for registration is extended 15 APRIL 2022
  • Registration is mandatory for all
  • Participation Certificates will be given to registered participants only.

Poster Presentation

  • The conference will also host a poster session which will give students a chance to present research and develop presentation skills in the form of a poster to a wider audience.
  • Best Posters will carry attractive prizes and CERTIFICATES from Wiley.
  • For abstract template of poster presentation click here
  • Poster Size should be 3 x 4 feet portrait size.
  • Be sure to include the abstract title, author and coauthor names, and the institution(s) where research is underway.
  • Place your e-mail address, pin the upper right-hand corner of the poster board.
  • Tapes, Pushpins or thumbtacks will be provided to mount your poster.
  • Refer to your confirmation mail for the time and location of your poster session and set-up time.
  • The designated poster presenter (author or coauthor) must be present at the assigned space during the designated time to discuss the work presented.
  • Text should be kept to a minimum. Posters are supposed to stimulate discussion, rather than giving a long presentation. Therefore, emphasis should be given on graphics and every item included must be necessary.
  • Be consistent with font selection, Margins, Spacing, borders and shading.
  • Title of the posters should be clearly visible.

Reaching Jodhpur

About Jodhpur- Historical Place


Jodhpur, the second-largest city in Rajasthan is popularly known as the Blue City and officially the second metropolitan city of the state. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of the Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The history of this prosperous city revolves around the Rathore dynasty. Rao Jodha, the chief of Rathore clan is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. The people of Jodhpur and surrounding areas are commonly known as Marwaris. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert. (Courtesy: Rajasthan Tourism & Wikipedia)


Welcome to IIT Jodhpur    
IIT Jodhpur, Rajasthan is a relatively young institute, and it is an exceptional venue with a vibrant academic and research atmosphere for scientific exchanges. The state-of-the-art campus of IITJ is housed with modern facilities for carrying out academic activities, lectures, seminars, and workshops.

How to Reach IIT Jodhpur

Jodhpur is connected well by road, rail and air to all major cities in the country, and by mega highways to major neighbouring cities, e.g., Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Ahmedabad.

  1. It is connected by rail to major cities in the country, like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kota, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Guwahati, Nagpur, Lucknow, and Jaipur;
  2. There are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Jodhpur. Air India and Indigo operate the daily flight to each of these cities; and
  3. Jodhpur is connected by mega-highway to major neighbouring cities, e.g., Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Ahmedabad. Deluxe and express buses ply to Jodhpur from Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Baroda.

(a)From Airport to Campus: You can take a prepaid Auto/Taxi to the Institute, which is situated on National Highway 65, Nagaur Road, Karwar. You may ask the driver to go past Mandore on Nagaur Road. The IITJ campus is about 25 km from the airport.


(b) From Railway Station to Campus: At Jodhpur Junction Railway Station, exit from Platform No.1 side. You can take a prepaid auto/taxi to the Permanent Campus of IIT Jodhpur, which is situated on National Highway 65, Nagaur Road, Karwad. You may ask the driver to go past Mandore on Nagaur Road. This Campus is 24 km from the Station.


  • All the participants are expected to arrive at the venue on 18 April, 2022 (by evening) or 19 April, 2022 (before 9 am) and leave on April 20, 2022 by noon. This will help you to plan your travel schedule accordingly.


  • Travel arrangements has to be made by the participants at their own expense.


  • For Accommodation arrangements, you may contact nearby hotels from the following list:



Chandra Grand

 E6A, Mandore Industrial Area, 9 Mile, Mandore, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342007,

Contact: +91 (291) 2577583, +91 (291) 2577666.


IIT Charges for Double Occupancy: ~ Rs. 2800



Mandore Guest House (resort)

Dadawari Lane Near, Mandore Rd, Mandore, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006, Contact: +91 982 9147470


IIT Charges for Double Occupancy: ~ Rs.2800


Chief Patron

Professor Santanu Choudhury
Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur


Dr. Ritu Gupta
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry,
IIT Jodhpur

Organizing Committee

Dr. Manikandan Paranjothy
Associate Professor and Head,
Department of Chemistry
IIT Jodhpur

Dr. Ananya Debnath
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry
IIT Jodhpur

Dr. Samanwita Pal
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry
IIT Jodhpur

Dr. Meenu Chabbra
Associate Professor,
Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering
IIT Jodhpur

Dr. Saakshi Dhanekar
Assistant Professor,
Department of Electrical Engineering
IIT Jodhpur

Dr. Shobhana Singh
Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
IIT Jodhpur

Dr. Moumita Majumdar
Women scientist, DST
IIT Jodhpur

Dr. Pragati Sharma
Women Scientist A,
IIT Jodhpur

Dr. Jayita Sarkar
Scientific officer, CASE
IIT Jodhpur

Dr. Rajlakshmi Chauhan
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
IIT Jodhpur

Dr. Shrutidhara Sarma
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
IIT Jodhpur