Fostering collaboration within Commonwealth Chemistry through Research Networking

The third event of the Early Career Network of Commonwealth Chemistry was a webinar held on 10th June 2024 entitled ‘Fostering collaboration within Commonwealth Chemistry through Research Networking’. This free-to-access webinar has been made available on demand to support early career researchers to develop their research networking skills, highlight tools and advice for establishing research collaborations and provide guidance on fostering diversity & tackling inequality in research. This is now available to watch on demand.

The Early Career Network organises activities to cater to the needs of early career chemists across the Commonwealth, in line with the recommendations of the report “A Sustainable Chemistry Workforce for a Sustainable Future’.

During the webinar you will hear from our speakers, who will each give a short talk about their area of expertise and this will be followed by live Q&A.

Our speakers are:

  • Dr Michael Forde (President-Elect, Commonwealth Chemistry and The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Professor Anthony Gachanja (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya)
  • Professor Ayanthi Navaratne (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)

The speakers will discuss:

  • Promoting and strengthening collaboration through research networking, partnerships among early career chemists (ECCs) and development.
  • Effective networking between ECCs and Chemical Societies within Commonwealth Chemistry, as well as between Chemical Societies.
  • Fostering effective diversity in research and tackling inequity as a way of prompting research collaborations.
  • Thoughts on the value of research networking and development as a means of fostering collaboration among ECCs.
  • Examples of effective collaboration initiatives that can advance ECCs’ careers.
  • The challenges to collaboration that ECCs from low- and middle-income nations, as well as female ECCs encounter, and the coping strategies that can improve their performance.

Professor Neil Coville, President of Commonwealth Chemistry, provides the opening remarks for this event.