Take advantage of networking opportunities at CERF 2017!

Conferences are one of the best ways to network within your field and make professionals connections. CERF conferences, in particular, are known for bringing together coastal and estuarine experts from all over the world, with a wide variety of fields and backgrounds, and varying levels of experience. By encouraging a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, CERF conferences tend to be chock full of opportunities to meet people and build a professional network.

At the CERF 2017 activities listed below, you will have the opportunity to:

  • discuss your research and get feedback
  • explore and discover a diverse range of topics and fields of knowledge
  • learn about a wide variety of career options
  • interact with experts one-on-one
  • get professional advice on any lingering questions you may have
  • create and discover future collaboration and professional opportunities
  • discuss pressing issues inherent to careers in science
  • meet other students, recent graduates, post-docs, and early career professionals (often resulting in new and long-lasting friendships!)

Student and Early Career Networking Dinner

Monday, Nov 6, 7 - 9 pm – Omni Hotel

Join us for this popular networking event. Rub elbows with faculty, professionals, post-docs, and other students while enjoying complimentary pizza and beverages! Get valuable information on various career options and make professional connections that may lead to job opportunities and future collaborations. Formatted in a “speed-dating” style, participants will be able to sit down and chat with coastal and estuarine science and management professionals.

Each “career panelist” will be stationed at a table in a speed-dating style, where students and recent graduates will join her/him for a set amount of time to talk and ask questions, and then switch tables to interact with a new career panelist. 

Students and early career folks be sure to reserve this time to participate.  You can sign up to attend when you complete your registration for the conference online. Stay tuned for a list of panelists who will be in attendance.

Mid/later career folks - please consider signing up to be a panelist at this event.  Share your knowledge of careers, agencies, and institutions with tomorrow’s leaders of the coastal and estuarine science and management community.  A call for volunteers will be issued closer to the Conference.

Whether it is just for an evening function or for the duration of the conference, we encourage you to adopt the CERF tradition of volunteerism and commitment to education. Who knows, you may end up meeting a future collaborator in the process!

Hot Tip: BRING BUSINESS CARDS! (Ask your department if they will print these for you cost free.  And yes, even students can have business cards!).  Also, when someone hands you their business card, on the back write down a few tidbits of who they are and something memorable about them…that way you’ll remember them months after the conference when you go through your business cards.


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