Other terms for speed dating
Each point represents a person and the connecting lines show that they already have an academic connection.Once you have all your data and a pretty way to look at it you need a set of rules for pairing people up for their dates (This is basically the same thing that happens on most dating websites when they suggest matches for you).This was a way of breaking the universal cliquishness that sometimes plagues scientific meetings, where people sometimes just talk to friends/collaborators.I do think we need to come up with a better name, because 'scientific speed dating' conjures up very awkward mental images.People were also paired up based on the things that they knew, meaning that partners had little or no common academic knowledge and so would have lots to tell each other about. Delegates had said what they know and what they wanted to know, now was the time to match these up.The idea being that partners could talk to each other about skills and techniques that they were interested in learning about for their future work and that may build useful collaborations.Hi Jonathan--Interesting how this speed dating concept is applied to igniting new science collaborations.
As Jonathan talked about, we had a total of 10 'dates', split into two sets of five, using very different rules.
Co-authorship network has a long delay to in depth scientific discussion, thus we sent a survey to participants to build their network. Overall, we were very satisfied with how the meeting went.
Every scientist loves talking about their work, so once you get them to sit down and to start talking to each other, they always have a great time.
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