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Recap: #ECRchat 29th May 2014 on Building and maintaining networks

The topic of this discussion was Building and maintaining networks as an ECR, led by Dr Lizzie Towl, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.

Building and Maintaining Networks

In the current research environment, it seems that “who you know” is becoming as important as “what you know.” Those special opportunities that might make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful job or funding application are often only accessible through networks. Networks are also very important for less material forms of support, too, and for finding out about the unwritten rules of research and academia. In this week’s ECR chat we discussed building, managing and maintaining networks. You can catch up with the chatter in this Storify.

Host Biography

By day, Dr Lizzie Towl assists PhD students with their professional development and research skills at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ; by night, she conducts research into Middle English literature and manuscripts. She aims to swap the two occupations around someday soon.

The next chat is on Thursday 12th June, UK/Aus timezones, hosted by Claire (@bookworm_29) on Publishing as an ECR.


Postdoc in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, researching visual word recognition. Likes MEG, TMS, fMRI, reading, waffles, and motorbiking.

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