Networking is an important part of being a scientist and can often yield great rewards including raising your profile, establishment of new collaborations, and creation of exciting new job opportunities.

Developing networking skills

If you're interested in developing your networking skills, check out these articles on Effective Networking Tips for ECRs and Networking for a Successful Career in Academia.

Also keep an eye on the University of Glasgow's courses and events related to networking, via the Researcher Development page.

Research Networks within the University of Glasgow

ECR networks (like NERD!) are a fantastic source of peer support:

  • CiRN. Clinical ECRs in IIIs and ICAMS may be interested in the Clinicians in Research Network. CiRN is a professional network for cultivating collegiality and supporting career development of clinically-trained ECRs. CiRN contributes to the Clinical Academic Training Advisory Committee at the University of Glasgow. Be sure to check out their upcoming events and annual meeting.
  • The Network. The Network is an exclusive online ‌professional networking site for alumni and students at the University of Glasgow.

Social Media

ECRs are increasingly using social media as a means to communicate their research, establish networks, and promote themselves as scientists. Here, we provide some useful tools and resources on the use of social media.

Social Media Guidance

Check out the University of Glasgow's guide to social media, a so-called "social media tool kit" which includes the official uni guidelines as well as advice on managing a blog and self-promotion.

Blogs & Science Communication

The Researcher Development Blog. This University of Glasgow blog aims to support the development of PhD and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Glasgow. Check out the recent blog post by NERD member Maddy Cunningham about how NERD can support ECRs.

The GIST. The Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology publishes articles, podcasts and videos on popular science topics.

The Conversation. The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.


Remember to follow NERD on Twitter - we're a great source of advice and resources for ECRs! Also check out Elizabeth Adams' posts!