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Effective networking for researchers

Session C2: Saturday 10 September 14:15 - 17:15 (€50)

Room 4.5 Richard Wagner

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”  George Bernard Shaw

Feeling confident about networking is invaluable for PhD students and researchers as they progress further in their careers. 

The aim of this interactive session is to show participants how to network more effectively, as well as how to present themselves and their research in a positive manner to maximize impact. With a session program involving a range of networking activities, and the chance to practice in a friendly environment, participants should feel better equipped to make use of this essential tool, which they will be able to put into practice immediately during the conference.

Networking is probably the most important ingredient in work and the primary reason for attending a conference. Put simply, it can be defined as communication with others to exchange information and, in some cases, to develop a more long-lasting relationship or collaboration. Networking can be done in person day-to-day or during events, or in writing via, for example, email or social media.

Trainer: Sarah Blackford, Head of Education & Public Affairs, The Society for Experimental Biology, Lancaster UK

About the trainer: Sarah Blackford is the head of Education & Public Affairs for the Society for Experimental Biology, an international learned society. A professional scientific careers adviser (MA, Warwick University), and with a background in research and publishing, Sarah provides a wide range of career support to doctoral students and early career researchers. She has been delivering specialized career workshops and one-to-one coaching for over a decade and has authored a book entitled ‘Career planning for research bioscientists’. She is one of the founding members of CARE, a network of careers advisers supporting researchers in Europe. Much of her advice and resources are published on her blog,