On 27-28 November 2023, ICGEB New Delhi, India hosted the first pan-ICGEB alumni meeting
Over 80 ICGEB alumni, among whom speakers and participants from 10 nations were greeted by the current student body at the Component, by the Director-General, Dr. Lawrence Banks, the current Director of ICGEB New Delhi, Dr. Ramesh Sonti, two former Directors of the Component, Dr. Dinakar Salunke and Dr. Sudhir Sopory, Dr. Shekar Mande, member of the ICGEB Council of Scientific Advisers for India, and current and past ICGEB Principal Investigators from Delhi, Cape Town and Italy.
The meeting was opened by Dr. Sonti, Dr. Banks, Dr. Lara Donaldson, representing ICGEB Cape Town, where she is Group Leader of the Plant Systems Biology lab, Dr. Sergio Ledda, Scientific Attaché of the Embassy of Italy in New Delhi, India, and Dr. Kalaivani Ganesan, Scientist “F”, from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Gennova, Dr. Sanjay Singh, ICGEB alumnus, opened a rich two-day programme of presentations by former students from the ICGEB Components.
Providing an extraordinary opportunity to discuss science, alternate careers, connecting alumni and students, the unique culture of ICGEB, which includes its international context, science diplomacy and soft skills was palpable.
The next ICGEB Alumni meeting will be held in Trieste, Italy in 2025; during the interim we look forward to consolidating the network and actions of our former students across the globe. Testimonials from the international alumni at the meeting are being uploaded to our YouTube channel – don’t miss them!
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