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Offline Sven94

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Hey guys.

I need ideas as google isnt much of a friend or I just dont know what to look for. So if you have TWO student groups/organizations/associations about biology (Id concentrate on microbiology but anything works), on two different continents (in this case Europe and North America), what are ways those two can work together, besides sharing ideas? Are there any ways? I'd really like to spread connections, allow myself and others to meet other people to share and explore ideas.
Joined projects would be awesome but Im not sure how that would work out, so if anyone has LITERALLY ANY ideas, please do share.

Also sorry if this is in the wrong section, no idea where to put (just please keep it out of the general faq thread, if possible :D )

Anyway, that's it, thanks for any help! :)


 

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Well, sharing ideas is obviously the easiest way to collaborate. Similarly, data is (are?) easy to share.

It is not impossible to send samples from one lab to another, but may not be particularly practical, especially for live or infectious specimens...

I think it is more important to know what the different research groups specialize in, and what resources they each have. If there is too much overlap, there is little advantage to the collaboration. If, however, each group has its own capabilities to bring to the table, a symbiotic relationship can be developed.

It is hard to make recommendations without knowing more about the particulars of the situation...
 

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Well the thing is that we both do anything biology related. From microbiology, to zoology to marine biology etc. For now I just need ideas on how we could collaborate in any specific area. :)
(Even regardless of resources, cos we could adjust the projects to the resources.
 

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My friends and family members in the botany and zoology businesses seem to spend a lot of their lives on field trips, generally hosted by a native of whatever country they happen to be interested in. The rest of the time they seem to be exchanging data and ideas by email. The starting point is, as in any joint endeavour, an exchange of specific questions and expertise: what do you want to know, and what can you offer to others?

 

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Most research research is driven by topic rather than who you want to work with. What are you interested in studying?

Perhaps some sort of parallel study in which each group studies local populations of the same organism could be interesting...
 

Offline Sven94

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alancalverd,
Thanks, we will definitely hold discussions, this is more of a general question for exploring all the possibilities. literally all. I just want to get experience, and I personally dont live in a place where I can be very picky.


chiralISPO,
that is a great idea, and something similar did occur to me, so thanks :)
(For instance I was thinking about comparing abundance of certain microlife in stray animals' fe cal matter.) Something of that sorts, just not sure how to make such comparison relevant.
 

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