Networking may be the most important scientific skill that we don’t learn in grad school. Effective networking helps connect you with jobs, collaborators, funding, mentors and recognition for your work. Personal connections also lead to a more rewarding professional experience, reducing feelings of isolation and helping to build support systems and friendships.

We frequently hold networking events and other workshops in conjunction with meetings. ESWN offers networking opportunities to women with member-initiated regional and conference get-togethers. ESWN has hosted a women's networking event at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco each year since 2003.

"Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help Only if we help shall they be saved."

Jane Goodall

An Introvert's Guide to Networking

If you're not big on meeting new people, check out this guide to networking.

Support Network

Take some time and think about who supports you. Identify areas in which you could use more support. This "mapping" exercise lists out the types of support every scientist needs.

Networking vs. Meeting Friends

If you find meeting new people easy, but aren’t getting enough professional networking done, read this Forbes article for some helpful tips on the difference between networking and making friends.