On Wednesday 29 March the Research Education and Development (RED) Hub (supported by Flinders Foundation) hosted “Speed Dating for Researchers” an innovative event that provided an opportunity for Flinders researchers to connect, network, and collaborate.
The 35+ online and in-person attendees included representatives from the Flinders Media team (Karen Ashford), and Flinders Foundation (Hayley Pryzibilla & Sarah Gerschwitz) along with senior and early career researchers from around the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHRMI).
The event’s format allowed participants to introduce their research work in a short and engaging manner by rotating in pairs and presenting their research Problem, Solution, Benefit, and Call to Action. The opportunity fostered an environment for the participants to share ideas, collaborate, and create new opportunities.
Following the formal ‘dating component’ of the event, participants were encouraged to socialize over drinks and food. This part of the event gave participants an opportunity to network and connect on a more personal level.
The event was a resounding success, and the feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. Participants appreciated the chance to connect with researchers outside their departments and the potential for future collaborations. It was an exciting opportunity to expand their network, understand different research problems, and explore new avenues for research.
Throughout the year, RED Hub offers a wide range of professional and personal development, training opportunities and networking events for our researchers, including Honours and HDR students, early and midcareer academics, senior academics, professional research staff, and rural, remote and Indigenous students and academics. Learn more