Valentine’s day is fast approaching and individual researchers may be seeking out new researcher collaborations, or romancing their ideas, or even getting themselves ready for a night in with those grant applications! Okay, so perhaps not the typical Valentine’s day.
As you are already aware, from my fellow correspondent’s blog post last week, #Piirusvoices will be hosting a Twitter chat on 12th February at 10:00AM (UK Time), to find out what you love about your research. (See below for information on how to get involved.) We’ve got a range of questions to ask and are super excited to hear what you love about your research, how you’ve maintained a good relationship with your research, and to encourage you to seek out research collaborations.
In line with the “love” theme for this event, we think it would be great to think about how you approach research collaborators. How do you entice prospective researchers to work with you? We have a stock of cheesy pick-up lines to entertain you. For example: ‘Do you write in a pile of sugar? Because your research papers are sweet to read.’ Or: ‘I tried my best to not feel anything for your research. Guess what? I failed’. Okay, I admit these are pretty “cheesy”, however, it would be great to know how you introduce yourself to others: what do you say on first contact with researchers at conferences or if you’re emailing them for first contact?
Have your cheesy (or more serious) lines ready for the chat, and we’ll be picking the Top 5 tweets to share with you all.
This Twitter chat is international, and we have a range of international researchers invited to join us. We understand that the timing won’t be suitable for all time-zones, but if it doesn’t suit you, please do continue to share your comments. This is how to get involved:
- We’ll start promptly: take a look on Twitter at our hashtag #piirusvoices at 10am UK time on 12th February 2016 (you can see it embedded, below!)
- Although most activity will be during the live chat, you can join in before, during and after, by using the hashtag #piirusvoices. By using the hashtag the Piirus team can follow the discussion and respond to your comments
- Do try to use #loveyouresearch, the theme of this event, but only if you have space in your tweet.
- Do have lots of fun – the purpose of this event is to foster networking and hopefully help you to find a fruitful research collaboration!
We are very excited to hear from you on the 12th February (10:00AM, UK Time), so please share and join in the event.
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to sign up to Piirus today and get connected and collaborating.