I’m running a workshop next week on the topic of networking, including networking at academic conferences. I’ve read articles, talked to academics, got video clips – but there’s nothing like asking people in your network (that’s you, dear readers…) for their experience.
So, got any tips for managing the networking encounter at an academic conference?
Could be how to approach the eminent professor in your field, how to walk into a room full of people you don’t know, what to say to people standing next to their posters – or how to engage people slowly drifting past your poster. Anything welcome – just add a comment here or tweet me at @ManPGCareers.
Advice for networking at academic conferences
If you’ve been drawn here because you want some help with networking at conferences, then have a look at some good advice from Vitae, plus an extra tip from Emma Gillaspy, NW Hub Manager at Vitae:
- Asking a question or making a comment to someone at their formal session earlier in the day makes it much easier to approach them informally at the more social networking sessions later.
… and have a look at the comments below for some more great tips from people who’ve been there, done that, and are happy to help. Just shows the power of networking.