When I became an associate professor at a relatively unknown university in China last year, I knew the odds were against me in the networking game. I felt I would be invited to fewer conferences and have less appeal as a networking prospect at those I did attend.
So I resorted to alternative networking strategies, and through these have taken part in at least 5 projects with collaborators in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Pakistan and China, conducted guest lectures at 3 Chinese universities and published around 12 research papers with my collaborators. Here are the four strategies I used. They might come in handy as conferences around the world are cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.