Collaborations: A physicist’s guide to working in partnership

27 July 2016

A new guide has been published by the Institute of Physics to equip doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers with an understanding of collaboration and its value to their careers.

Picture Collaborations workshop June 2016

A workshop was held in Glasgow on the 14th of June to launch the guide and it was designed for researchers working towards a PhD, on fixed-term postdoctoral contracts, or beginning to work collaboratively on research projects. The workshop run by Sara Shinton covered various aspects of collaboration including:

• Getting started in collaborations relevant to career stage and research goals
• Attracting potential collaborators by developing a strong profile
• Boosting your career and avoid potential pitfalls through smart collaboration
• Maximizing the value of intellectual property

Professor Jim Hough talked about how essential collaborations were within his career in research in gravitational wave astronomy. Dr Kate Adamson from Marks and Clerk looked at collaboration from a personal point of view and focussed on intellectual property. Dr Anne Pawsey of Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership shared her experience of collaborations with industry.

The event was also an opportunity to network with other early career physicists and the speakers, in addition to learning more about other IOP support and the benefits of membership.

Details from the event can be found here.

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