Expand your international network If you don’t know anyone, then no-one’s going to call. Researchers tend to turn up their noses when colleagues are proactive in networking. And yet contacts are absolutely vital to a successful career, particularly in academia. A study of German psychologists has shown that academic performance and productivity alone do not determine the success of an academic career, but rather partnerships and networks, especially in the postdoc phase (Lang/Neyer 2004). Networks give you access to information, provide opportunities to initiate partnerships, and thus increase your visibility and academic reputation. Your network should comprise highly reputable people at home and abroad. Because in the eyes of the appointments committee, researchers with excellent networks have something to contribute to the internationalisation strategy. Ultimately, you can trust them to establish visible research partnerships and to invite well-known guest researchers. A variety of funding is available to support you in developing your network: HSG congress subsidies: Assistant professors with positions outside the profile areas can apply for up to CHF 2,500 in travel expenses. International Exchange: Researchers holding a doctorate or equivalent can pursue a small research project abroad (1 week up to 3 months). HSG faculty exchange: Assistant professors with teaching commitments are permitted a 3-month residency at a host university. Guest lecturers: As part of its internationalisation strategy, HSG allows the issuing of invitations to guest lecturers. Postdoc.Mobility: The SNSF funds research secondments lasting between 12 and 36 months. References: Frieder R. Lang, Franz J. Neyer (2004): Kooperationsnetzwerke und Karrieren an deutschen Hochschulen - Der Weg zur Professur am Beispiel des Faches Psychologie. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 56, 520-538.