Speed dating 6 02

Each point represents a person and the connecting lines show that they already have an academic connection.

Once you have all your data and a pretty way to look at it you need a set of rules for pairing people up for their dates (This is basically the same thing that happens on most dating websites when they suggest matches for you).

Speed dating 6 02

Hi Ilona, We didn't have formal seating arrangements...

there were some couches, some seats with tables, while some people opted to talk standing up while drinking coffee.

This is really difficult because although it’s very easy for you to learn something from your partner it is very difficult to also ensure that they want to learn something from you.

Again, you also need to avoid pairing up people that have already worked together in the past.

People were also paired up based on the things that they knew, meaning that partners had little or no common academic knowledge and so would have lots to tell each other about. Delegates had said what they know and what they wanted to know, now was the time to match these up.

The idea being that partners could talk to each other about skills and techniques that they were interested in learning about for their future work and that may build useful collaborations.At the conference there were two sets of rules used to create ten dates for each person.For the first five dates, it was about meeting people you’ve never met before and explanding academic horizons.How do you help your scientists make useful new connections and learn about potentially helpful new techniques? It’s much more fun to collect data on all of your conference delegates and use scientific clustering methods and network building algorithms to pair up the scientists in attendance based on their keenest interests. Who works with what (‘known methods’, see figure 1)?So, with much credit in particular to Federico Vaggi (a member of the Csikász-Nagy lab) and his prodigious last minute programming skills, that is what they did. And, who would like to work with what in the future (‘wanted methods’)?Since we had some posters up for the poster session, what happened sometime is that people would start talking at a table, then they'd really get into the science, and move to a poster to talk in detail about a specific point.

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