Building connections: How scientists meet each other during a conference

Génois, Mathieu ; Zens, Maria ; Lechner, Clemens M. ; Rammstedt, Beatrice ; Strohmaier, Markus

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Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2019
Place of publication: Köln ; Mannheim
Publishing house: GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
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Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (GESIS)
School of Social Sciences > Psychologische Diagnostik, Umfragedesign u. Methodik (Rammstedt 2011-)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
310 Statistics
Abstract: We present the results of two studies on how individuals interact with each other during a international, interdisciplinary scientific conference. We first show that contact activity is highly variable across the two conferences and between different socio-demographic groups. However, we found one consistent phenomenon: Professors connect and interact significantly less than the other participants. We interpret this effect as non-tenured researchers using conferences to accumulate social capital, while established researchers already have such capital. We then show that groups mix well during conferences, but note that a language-based homophily is always present. Finally, we show that the dynamics of the contacts across days is also similar between conferences. First day connections are established, then filtering occurs during the following days. The connection turnover between consecutive days proves to be large ( ), and related to the intensity of interactions.

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