Twenty-three female leaders in crop and agricultural sciences from different parts of the world exchanged ideas on ways to be a good leader, strengthening self-confidence, establishing authority, improving professional and social networks, building strong negotiation skills and related issues in five-day workshop at University of Cambridge.
The female leader in science course was organized by University of Cambridge in collaboration with DBT under Newton Bhabha fund. It included a site visit to Innovation Park at National Institute of Agriculture Botany (NIAB) Botanical Garden and John Innes Centre, Norwich.
Prof. K. VijayRaghavan Secretary DBT, who interacted with the participants over Skype emphasized the role of women leadership in science, acknowledged the partnership of DBT-University of Cambridge for organizing this leadership workshop and conveyed the best wishes to all the participants.
The workshop titled ‘Female Leaders in Crop and Agriculture Sciences’ saw deliberations on how to be a good leader, strengthening your self-confidence, establishing your authority, improving your professional and social networks, building strong negotiation skills, dealing with guilt, how to delegate more (and better), how to say ‘No’, how to set the right priorities.
Conducted by trainers from hfp consulting firm the workshop was highly interactive including many relevant exercises and group discussions. The visits to Botanical Garden & Innovation Farm at National Institute of Agriculture Botany (NIAB) have been found very informative and useful in terms of knowledge generation and can help to initiate collaborative projects in the field of plant science.
A visit to John Innes Centre Norwich (JNC) was organized where the Director welcomed them and gave an overview about the JNC Norwich. This was followed by the technical presentations by eminent scientists along with lab visits and interactions with the researchers there.
The participants found the workshop helpful and suggested that it can be expanded for various other disciplines of life sciences and said that it could be extended to larger groups who could be trained in India.