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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.
We ended the sessions after 15 minutes sharp by ringing a bell, because scientists have this tendency to get carried away when talking about their work! What happens if there is only one-way interest in the collaboration (yikes)?
As Jonathan talked about, we had a total of 10 'dates', split into two sets of five, using very different rules.
At Chicheley hall we did not have seven days to let the people mix by this random choice, but when we saw the circular discussion table during our site visit we came with the idea of speed-dating (not that we knew more about it than from films).
Quickly we realized we do not have enough theoreticians to match their number with experimentalists to create two 'genders' , thus we came up with the idea of network directed approach to reduce the number of ‘dates’.
Hi Jonathan--Interesting how this speed dating concept is applied to igniting new science collaborations.
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This is all great, but how do you go about encouraging people to meet new people and not to just catch up with collaborators? It would, of course, be far too easy to follow a standard speed dating paradigm.
Co-authorship network has a long delay to in depth scientific discussion, thus we sent a survey to participants to build their network. Overall, we were very satisfied with how the meeting went.
Every scientist loves talking about their work, so once you get them to sit down and to start talking to each other, they always have a great time.
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’)?
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Hi Ilona, We didn't have formal seating arrangements...