Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:10 AM
1- How can I find the best experts in my specific field in order to get their guidance on an important study?
2- How can I determine who is ALREADY working on a similar project, and so pool ideas, concepts, and best practices from them?
3- How can I find experts, grad students, and resources from outside of my university to work together with me on a project of common interest (in order to make a more robust and meaningful study)?
In Psych, there is no such platform that I ever learned about... and it was kinda frustrating (I just see so much potential with great connectivity).
Is there a platform like this in the BIO world? How might you answer the questions above?
All the best, back to research!
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:32 AM
The easiest way to find out the big names in the field is to read papers and look at the authors, it won't take you long to find out who's names are repeating.
Finding out what people are specifically working on is difficult - mostly because of the "publish or perish" model of funding, where if you don't publish (in good journals original papers, not just "me too" ideas, you don't get funding - so people tend to keep the exact area a bit of a secret, though most groups will have themes that can be easily folllowed by... reading papers!
Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:25 PM
And I also would agree that you first you have to find out which persons might be relevant and have interest and then you can contact them directly e.g. by email, visit them if there is sufficient need or meet them at a conference...Such scientists also can give you information about other groups or scientists that might be helpful or good cooperation partners.
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:40 PM
That's the reason why I think is very important to be known, present on conferences (yeah, not that easy.. you may try the smaller ones first), or at least present posters. My first poster on the biggest american conference in field and I was standing there ready to answer questions, with my colleague.. some people passed, dome were just reading, some asked, and after some time colleague ponted to the person just leaving my poster saying "now you've seen all of the the very top researchers that do this kind of disease". It was trully remarkable feeling. (of course they wouldn't remember.. until you actually present something interesting .. then suddenly there is a row of people that all want to meet you and ask questions, even those big names that were completely ignoring you before, although you've already met them.. )
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