Isolation and a Proactive Solution

Cecilia Lunardini, PhD: Isolation and a Proactive Solution

Alternatives to departmental isolation and the importance of networking.

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Transcript: Isolation and a Proactive Solution

My work on a daily basis is theoretical, and this means that all I need to work is pen, paper, computer and, of course, an active mind. But I don't need as much collaboration with others as experimentalists do, for example. So there is because this type of activity is isolation, and I have experienced it a lot in the past. I remember when I was starting my first post-doc, I found myself quite isolated because essentially nobody else was working in my sub-field. Also the environment had a tradition of people working individually. There was not much collaboration. I experienced this isolation, and, after a while, I realized that I had to do something.

What I did was to organize a series of seminars. I didn't have enough in common with other people to collaborate with them, but I had enough to be interested in a common series of seminars. I was organizing this series and it was very successful. It brought people together not only at that institute, but also people started to come from the surrounding cities. It was very successful, and this was about four or five years ago. When I left, they kept it running. It's still running to this day.

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