This article is intended to provide suggestions for putting together your own speed-networking event, using ours as an example.
It includes some reflections on a few things we'll do differently next time.
Finding new research partners can be a challenge for basic scientists and clinical researchers, as it may require them to step outside of their daily commitments.
But it's important: Meeting scientists from other disciplines can spark a new research idea or open the door to a solution to a problem that has seemed intractable.
None of the proposals, he says, "hit home in terms of the ability to get to know your neighbor as well as speed networking." Julianne Imperato-Mc Ginley, principal investigator of the CTSC, picked up on the suggestion and incorporated it into the grant proposal.
The Weill Cornell Medical College Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), headed by Julianne Imperato-Mc Ginley, took a novel approach to overcoming the challenge of forming scientific relationships: We organized a "speed networking" event that brought together researchers from CTSC's institutions--Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery, Hunter College, and Cornell University--and from three New York-area community hospitals.
Our so-called Translational Research Bazaar, which took place in October, used a format popularized by speed dating: Two groups of people--in this case, basic scientists and clinical/translational researchers--sit on opposite sides of a table and chat for a few minutes until a bell rings, signaling that it's time to move on and strike up a new conversation.