A quick-fire and sociable way to talk about your research
project, meet with, and learn from researchers with similar
interests to your own.
Dr. Rob Lubberink, Postdoctoral researcher, Business Management and Organization, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Why speed dating
As organizers of the track ‘entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging economies’ we have set a number of objectives that we would like to meet in our track. Among them is the objective to create a community who is sharing similar research interests. We have all been to those conferences where you only talk with the person who you
are sitting next to during the conference dinner, or with a few researchers during the session breaks. To prevent this from happening, we are organizing a speed dating session. Speed dating allows participants to shortly talk with many fellow researchers
in an informal way about what drives them in doing their research. Afterwards, the participants will have the opportunity to follow-up with people whom they had an interesting “speed date” with. More about this in format.
Even though the setting aims to be informal, there is a structure behind the speed dating. The organizer will ring a bell when participants are expected to move to the next speed date. The time per date will depend on the number of participants who will join the session. Afterwards, we plan to organize an informal drinks and bites event where people can follow-up with the ones they had interesting talks with. Joining the follow-up event will be at your own expenses. Is participation only open to people within the track ‘entrepreneurship and innovation
in emerging economies’? No! Any conference participant who likes to better know the interests of other conference participants, and see whether they share similar interests, are very welcome to join.
Focus of the speed date Just talk about anything that you would like the other person to know about you and/or your research.
Even though conferences are considered to be good events for networking, they are often organized in ways that prevent you from meeting and talking with a wide variety of different people. To overcome this problem, we aim for a setting where you are stimulated to shortly talk in an informal setting with other participants. The speed
dating will be followed by an informal event where participants can follow-up over some drinks and bites.
Is it still unclear what will take place in this session?
Do not worry, sometimes it is good to jump into the uncertain. Also, the organizers will explain to you at the start of the session why they like to organize this and how the speed dating will take place.
All are welcome to attend. No pre-registration required.
Dr. Rob Lubberink,