When you are deeply submerged in writing a research paper, it can be easy to forget that there is a world out there. However, on the path to becoming a successful and widely recognized researcher, building and maintaining a network within your research community is just as important.

Staying on top of developments within your subject area will not only benefit your career, it might give you new insights into the topic you've been working on, put you in contact with the experts in your field and put you on the right track to getting the recognition you deserve.

Research is all about collaboration


Professor Adrian David Cheok is a Full Professor at Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design.

He has been working on research covering mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, wearable computers and ubiquitous computing, fuzzy systems, embedded systems, power electronics. He has successfully obtained approximately $20 million dollars in funding for externally funded projects in the area of wearable computers and mixed reality from Media Development Authority, Nike, National Oilwell Varco, Defense Science Technology Agency, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Communications and Arts, National Arts Council, Singapore Science Center, and Hougang Primary School.

His research output has included numerous high quality academic journal papers, keynote speeches, international exhibitions, numerous government demonstrations including to government President and Prime Ministers, broadcast television worldwide broadcasts on his research (such as CNN/CNBC/ABC/Discovery/National Geographic etc.), and hundreds of international press media articles.

He has been awarded numerous awards including Young Scientist of the Year, Young Professional of the Year Award, Fellow in Education, World Technology Network, Microsoft Research Award for Gaming and Graphics, First Prize Nokia Mindtrek Award, First Prize in the Milan International InventiON competition, Japan's Gijyuju-sho award, awarded for the best research of the year, SIP Distinguished Fellow and Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

BoccacciniNetworking in the early stages of your career
Interview with Professor Aldo Boccaccini, Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and Editor-in-Chief of Materials Letters.

You should not only develop, build and create various networks, he advises, but you should also maintain them as well. This is a world of collaborators, he says, networks of colleagues.

Be generous with sharing ideas. He suggests that this can be very beneficial to your short and long-term career.

Be approachable and approach people. One of the key characteristics of being a scientist is that you should not only be approachable, but you should dare to approach people. This, Boccaccini says, is the key to networking.

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