How to make garlic soup, and other suggestions for successful international collaboration

Wiley Wolfe, University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States
A story of how food and seizing opportunities can transform an international research exchange. I participated in the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia throughout June and July 2019. While there, I worked with Dr. Doug Wallace’s group on a chemical sensor integration project. This talk will focus on using food and cooking as a catalyst to connect with fellow scientist.

Peoples love of good food is something that is constant across international borders. If it is used well, food can encourage scientific collaboration, build friendships, and be an effective token of thanks to the people who help you while abroad. I will also discuss the benefits of adapting research plans throughout an international exchange to incorporate advice from collaborators.