Maybe you’re thinking: "I’m a well networked person. I’m on several online networks, and I know all the peers in my field by name. Do I need to spend all that time actively networking? All that writing and small chat takes considerable time - time that isn’t being spent in the lab doing important research. I want to be known for my scientific accomplishments, not my networking ability."
Networking within your field is easy, but its advantages are limited. Network beyond the flock- leave the nest. You may need to step out of your comfort zone, but this step will find you grant collaborators for ambitious projects, international co-authors for high impact journals, and innovative insights from researchers in other scientific fields.
The benefits of networking are unlike any other. Through networking, we gather, share, discover and get discovered, verify, update, validate, disseminate, accelerate, and synergize. Networking is not restricted to those who manage research- it is a skill accessible to all, one that allows you to reach more aggressive scientific goals, and that extends your scientific reach.
Put yourself to the test
You may think some of these answers are obvious, but think carefully about what it means to network- for scientists.
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