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About Us

The National Post Doc Symposium (NPDS) is an endeavor to bring together Postdocs and PhD scholars pursuing research in the field of Life Sciences in India.  

This symposium aspires to:

  1. Introduce diverse career avenues and facilitate professional growth.

  2. Provide opportunity to network and engage with leaders from  multiple sectors of the society. 

  3. Serve as a platform to amplify the voice of young research scholars in India and strategize action plans for their betterment. 

As part of the event, the participants get to showcase their research work through posters and oral presentations. The event also features panel discussions, mentor-mentee interaction and skill-development workshops.

Since 2017, the symposium has been an annual venture, organized  by volunteers from the Post-Doctoral Fellows Association (PDFA) of NCBS and InStem in collaboration with a partner-institute. IndiaBioscience has been a supportor of NPDS from the beginning and has helped in shaping the symposia over the years. The past collaborators were CCMB, Hyderabad and IISER, Pune. This year we are collaborating with IISER, Kolkata.

Community Speaks

We are growing our family every year!
Hear what our family says about us


Executive Director,


''It is heartening to see the emergence of the National PostDoc Symposium as a platform for networking, mentoring, and sharing of best practices for the postdocs working in the field of life-science in India. This platform, in a short span of time, has emerged as an important avenue for young researchers to unite, network, and get mentored, to help navigate the career path ahead of them successfully and also, to raise the key issues for the betterment of the future."


Principal Scientific Advisor,

Govt of India

''The forthcoming national symposium for postdocs and senior graduate students continues a recently started programme that is important and very useful to all participants and institutions. In these very unusual and trying times it is important to continue these discussions and talks that help early stage researchers chart out the best steps in their career. There are diverse opportunities, and there will only be more as we work to build a new future out of this pandemic. All best wishes for a productive symposium.''


Principal Investigator,

InStem, Bangalore, India

''The NPDS is a rare, extremely useful opportunity for postdocs to explore a whole range of opportunities that exist in science (beyond only investigator tracks), and also meet and network with peers to understand research environments across India.''


Post Doctoral Fellow, NCBS


In the News

Report on 3rd NPDS (2019) in IISER Pune

January 29, 2021

The 3rd National Post-Doc Symposium was held from 10 — 13 December 2019 at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and was attended by over 70 postdocs and late-stage PhD students from around the country. The proceedings and key take-home points emerging from the meeting are discussed below. Registration is currently open for the 4th National Post-Doc Symposium, to be held on 3 – 4 April 2021 in a virtual format.

Read report here

Registration deadline for 4th NPDS (2021, virtual) extended

January 29, 2021

We are thrilled to receive an overwhelming response for NPDS2021 registration On request, we are extending the last date of pre-registration to February 10, 2021!!!

Note that selected abstracts will get to present their work in form of lightening talks and poster. 

Register here



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Past Organisers and Sponsors


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