Savita Ladage was born in 1965 in the city of Belgaum (now Belagavi, Karnataka, India), the eldest daughter in the Patil family. Both parents are excellent teachers and passionate about education in general. After her Master's in analytical chemistry, she joined the PhD programme in science education at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in 1987. Savita's doctoral work was related to learning barriers (chemical misconceptions) in areas of chemical formulas/equations and the periodic table.
In 1996, Savita joined HBCSE in 1996. Since then, she has been involved in activities related to chemistry education research and development, especially at higher secondary and undergraduate levels. Among her achievements is her association with the Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (INChO) programme, since its inception, to which she has contributed significantly to its growth and evolution. An output of this programme was the formation of the Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT), which Savita helped to form and is one of its key members. She has also contributed to the National Initiative on Undergraduate Science (NIUS) programme in chemistry. It is aimed at nurturing motivated undergraduate students studying chemistry through sustained mentoring.
Savita actively engages with chemistry educators who teach at the higher secondary and undergraduate levels and contributes to their programmes. She focuses on topics such as problem-based and investigatory approaches for chemistry lab education at the undergraduate level, the pedagogical significance of context-based problems, and conceptual pitfalls in chemistry.