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One-Day International Seminar Sparks Dialogue on Catalyzing Diversity in Science

In commemoration of the impending National Science Day, the Chemical Engineering Department at Nirma University orchestrated a compelling one-day International Seminar titled “Catalyzing Diversity in Science.” Spearheaded by Dr. Neha Patni, (Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering Department) the seminar unfolded on a hybrid platform on February 27, 2024. The event unfolded under the umbrella of the Global Women Breakfast Programme (GWB2024), a collaborative effort initiated by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in conjunction with the Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT), aiming to ignite discussions on the pivotal role of diversity in scientific pursuits.

Throughout the seminar, luminaries from various corners of the globe shared profound insights. Dr. Martin Desimone from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, delved into the nexus between interdisciplinary collaboration and gender equality in research, advocating for the dissolution of disciplinary boundaries to foster innovation. Ms. Keshu Lakhotia, a Senior Food Scientist from Sydney, Australia, underscored the imperative of nurturing diversity in STEM education and careers, emphasizing the empowerment of underrepresented groups through inclusive environments. Dr. Rekha Nair from Poornima College of Engineering, Jaipur, India, navigated through the intricacies of diversity as both an internal and external journey, addressing cultural and institutional dynamics that shape inclusivity in scientific communities. Dr. Brijesh Pare, President of ACT and a Professor in Madhav Science PG College, Ujjain, India, concluded the seminar with a discourse on the merits of collaborative efforts in research and education, advocating for cross-border cooperation to tackle global challenges. The event stands as a significant milestone in championing diversity and inclusion within the scientific community.