How to Get More Out of Chemistry Networking Events with ACS on Campus

ACS on Campus has been around the world in 2017. From Pune to San Francisco to Taipei City, the American Chemical Society’s premier outreach program continues to bring the leaders in chemistry, publishing, research, science communication and career development to university campuses to help students and emerging researchers advance in their careers.

Whether you’re attending an event at your school or halfway around the world, follow these tips to make sure you get the most out of your chemistry networking event.

  • Practice your elevator pitch: You’ve got less than a minute to make a good first impression, so make each second count with a well-honed elevator pitch. Explain your work succinctly, focus on the impact of your research, and leave room for the other person to ask questions.
  • Have business cards handy: Once you’ve landed the perfect impression, make it easy for your new contacts to follow up with you after the event. Your work may have provided you with business cards or you may have a small batch printed for your personal use. Either way, keep them close at hand during the event – and be sure to ask for you new acquaintance’s card in return.
  • Do your groundwork: You’ll get more out of an event’s speakers if you’ve read up on their background ahead of time. Familiarize yourself with their work before the event, so you can ask intelligent questions and make a strong impression.
  • Show up ready to work: Sessions on manuscript preparation are always a hit at ACS on Campus events. Come with a project in mind so you can begin to apply these tips right away.
  • Connect on social media: Scientific networking events usually have their own hashtags on social networks such as Twitter and Instagram. Use these feeds to join the conversation and add another layer to your networking strategy.
  • Register early: Events fill up quickly – and so does your schedule. Be sure to register to attend events early so that important networking opportunities don’t pass you by.

See where we’re going next:

  • University of Hyderabad, India – July 12
  • University of New South Wales, Australia – July 19
  • University of Melbourne, Australia – July 21
  • 2017 RACI Centenary Congress, Australia – July 28
  • International Conference for Young Chemists, Malaysia – August 17
  • 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, USA – August 20-22
  • ACS Publications Symposium – Innovation in Energy Conversion, China – September 24
  • Boston, UMASS Club, USA – September 25
  • ACS Publications Symposium – Innovation in Molecular Synthesis, China – October 22

To stay up-to-date on upcoming events and to register, visit acsoncampus.acs.org and follow us on twitter: @ACSonC.

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