What is networking?

Networking is a work strategy that consists of creating a network of professional contacts with people who have interests similar to ours; in other words, networking is a new way of saying “meeting new, interesting people” and building a network of professional contacts. This strategy allows you to create synergies and job opportunities with people who have similar aspirations to ours.

Why should I care?

You should care because, among other things, networking might lead to fruitful research collaborations and this are fundamental for research in general and might be for your research career in particular.

The easiest way to “networking” is going to scientific meetings and meet people there, ask questions at the poster session and keynote sessions and (evidently) stay during the social events. In the current times of COVID_19 networking must go online and is slightly more difficult than that. However, attending online conferences and taking part on webinars could be a good, painless substitute.

For the available conferences, please check our events calendar.

For possible webinars to join (or attend and ask questions) find below a list of organizations who are asking for speakers and even moderators.

 

Resources for online networking

Plantae is introducing a short talk + panel discussion format, where talks are chosen by a reviewing panel from open video submissions, and the discussions continue online after the event. Check their open call for 7-minute short talk video submissions around a set of common topics here. Submit your video by Sept. 14 to be considered for the Sept 23rd panel. Platae is also accepting applications to serve as a moderator for the series.

This series has the aim of promoting plant science excellence across the UK. UK plant science research uses many different experimental organisms such as Arabidopsis, Wheat, Brassicas, Brachypodium, Marchantia, Physomitrella and many others. UKPlantSciPresents is recruiting speakers so if you want to promote your research to hundreds of interested attendees please contact Geraint Parry with your idea and a possible talk title. The webinar will be recorded so is a fantastic opportunity for you to obtain a YouTube video to promote your research on a personal or lab website.

IPPN is seeking contributions from all plant phenotyping related work fields across all career stages, Including research highlights & use-cases from research & application, from the public- & private sector related to plant phenotyping or which use plant phenotyping as an aspect of their work. IPPN especially encourages those fields which have yet been under-represented in plant phenotyping aiming to advance the scope of applications for which this methodology can be used.

ARGplantwomen is a group of female plant scientist and botanist whose objective is to bring together Argentine female professionals working in Argentina or abroad in different disciplines related to plants. They aspire to generate a network of contacts that will provide visibility, while sharing knowledge, job opportunities and help establish collaborations. Check their upcoming webinars (in Spanish) here.

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Please contact Isabel Mendoza (isabel@globalplantcouncil.org), Communications Officer with suggestions. Any offers of help in rolling out this network will be greatly appreciated.