How to make friends at a conference aka networking

You are not alone if you believe networking is a contrived necessity to advance your academic career. But an alternative view could help you enjoy the process of meeting other researchers on your conference network. The concept of networking can be even harder if you are a natural introvert, reframing the exercise will help.

In the course of her academic career, Dr Tseen Khoo has come around to the idea of networking. Partly because she has realised that her preconceptions about effective networking were initially misguided.

Tseen has learned that networking: –

  • doesn’t mean ‘selling yourself’ while eating cocktail nibbles at various conferences.
  • is done most effectively when you don’t know you’re doing it.
  • can cross continents
  • doesn’t mean that you have to be insincere

Click here to read more about Tseen’s experiences of networking on the brilliant blog The Research Whisperer.

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