Networking is powerful and often requires a boost to build meaningful relationships – we want to give you exactly that. Networking allows for useful exchanges of ideas. It is not just about speaking with key leaders in your field. It’s also just as important to talk and network with PhD students, postdocs and other early career researchers. This is how collaborations happen. Explore the many ways we make it possible for you to grow your connections.
Try these ideas…
- If networking is not your strong point, start by speaking to early career researchers in your field. Attend early career breakout meetings such as the postgraduate, postdoctoral breakfasts and career sessions, and talk to the people around you.
- Attend poster sessions. These are generally more informal and relaxed, helping you to ask your question and engage in conversation over research.
- Add your e-mail address to your posters, this will help people to get in touch with you.
- Utilising a familiar point of reference helps to build relationships, i.e. mentioning a work colleague you both know.
- If you’re not ready to ask a question at the end of oral presentations, approach the presenter after the session.
- If you aim to speak with team leaders in your field and don’t quite have the courage to walk over and introduce yourself, look out for them at the conference reception or dinner. If you admire someone’s work, mention it!
- If there is a particular person you would like to speak with, email them a few days before the conference and let them know you’d like to meet up.
- Plan ahead prior to a conference or meeting – read about people’s research and publications before approaching them.
- Once you have developed a network, make a strong effort to maintain that link. Promptly reply to emails or make regular contact when possible.