Creating ‘Networking Buzz’

Enjoyed this piece, as I'm always looking for ways to connect people up and make the most of that knowledge - let's stop reinventing the wheel, and put our heads together: The forty delegates were asked to submit information in advance both about their own research interests and about the specialist areas that they wanted to know more about. After the first couple of talks, there was a “speed dating” round, where each was paired…

The value of conferences?

Really interesting post in Times Higher Education - the right conferences can leave you on a real high, but I've also been to the type described here - which sees only selfish & impolite behaviour... Participating in conferences, symposia and other scholarly forums is a recognised element in the job description of any academic. In the era of regular and intrusive research evaluation exercises, being the recipient of an invitation to give a keynote address is…

Work the room?

Interesting. Networking has always been part of academic life, but there's clearly been a shift from finding those 'of similar mind' to those who can help fund your work... A significant number of academics feel it is not part of their job to help businesses bring their research to market, according to an investigation into attitudes to knowledge transfer. Such activity is high on the political agenda, with David Willetts, the universities and science minister,…

Thinking Digital Conference #TDC11

Thinking Digital 2010 I had my eye on this conference for 2010, but didn't have the time or the money.  I would have been particularly keen to meet @briansolis (author of Engage, which is awaiting me on my bookshelf) and @documentally (well, again, for @documentally), but it was not to be! Thankfully @jas produced a great blog post about #TDC10, and I look forward to watching all the videos he has included! Thinking Digital 2011…

Seat me next to the irritating talker, please

What This is About:Just stumbled across 'Plinky', a site which provides random questions, to which you can provide an answer in any way you choose (and it just demonstrates the different ways in which people's minds think!). I linked it to this blog, and next thing I know, it's posted what I've written... (and the prompt acts as the blog title) that's one way to get creative with the blogging (was actually trying to work…