Networking for Researchers

For researchers in the natural sciences who want to gain confidence by improving their networking skills or mentor others through the process

10 experts in networking, including researchers, experienced academic networkers, fellows, networking consultants and communications specialists

8 hours of learning

15-minute bite-sized lessons

4-module course with certificate

About this course

‘Networking for Researchers’ covers the key elements needed to acquire or perfect effective professional networking skills for scientific researchers. In this course you will discover how building a professional network will benefit your research and career, and learn the skills to build and maintain networking connections in a variety of settings, both in-person and online.

What you’ll learn

  • The theory behind and the importance of networking, and how to use your research and career goals to guide you to find appropriate networking opportunities 
  • How to research and prepare key resources to help you build an effective network 
  • Strategies to approach and connect with potential contacts, and how to follow up – both in person and online
  • Strategies for nurturing your networking contacts, and how to leverage them to advance your research and career

The course

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Why network?

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Getting ready to network

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Connect with new networking contacts - in person and online

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Nurturing and harnessing the power of your network

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Developed with expert academics and professionals

This course has been created with an international team of experts with a wide range of experience in networking, including:

  • Setting career goals
  • Evaluating current networks
  • Identifying networking opportunities and researching potential contacts
  • Studying social networks
  • Leveraging networks to advance your research and career

Sarah Blackford

Independent Career Consultant and Honorary Teaching Fellow, Lancaster University

Ben Johnson

Head of Communities & Engagement and Magazine Editor, Nature Medicine

Tanya Menon

Professor of Management & Human Resources, Fisher School of Business, Ohio State University

David Payne

Managing Editor, Careers & Supplements, Springer Nature

Despina Sanoudou

Associate Professor, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Advice from experienced presenters

The course also has additional insights through interviews from:

Paige Brown Jarreau

VP of Science Communication, LifeOmic and Co-founder of

Emma Chapman

Lecturer, University of Nottingham

Neta Erez

Head, Laboratory of Tumor Biology and Chair, Department of Pathology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Edmond Sanganyado

Associate Professor, Shantou University and President, Zimbabwe Young Academy of Sciences

Lucy A. Taylor

Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church College and Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

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