Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Are you a researcher looking for a partner?

If so then you really should consider coming to the dating event of the year! Well okay it’s not quite a dating event but matchmaking is definitely part of the plan of the Software Sustainability Institutes Collaboration Workshop.

It will be held in Edinburgh at the beginning of March and is described as “the perfect opportunity to meet the researchers, software developers, funders and other software experts that can help you advance your research”.

If you are a researcher who uses software but could do with some help from a computer scientist to make the most of your software, come along and advertise yourself and your situation / problem. You can give a lightning talk or present a poster and then work through the issue with other attendees in small break out groups.

There have already been some break out group discussion topics suggested BUT one of the best things about this meeting is that the agenda constantly changes depending on the interests of the attendees, the emergence of new discussion threads and tangents. There’s never a dull moment!

I’ve attended several of these meetings and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every single one. No death by PowerPoint and plenty of discussion and positive solutions instead! The constantly changing agenda works really well as we report back to the assembled attendees after every session and then decide on the next set of discussion topics. I’ve always met new and interesting people and came away fully enthused.

If you are a developer there are some free places up for grabs but the deadline is this Friday (18th Feb) so don’t delay!

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