ResearchGate have been approached about ways we could increase the visibility of EuroCHRIE and promotion of our conferences on the online network. So far they have produced some interesting solutions that I feel will meet our objectives and are also cost efficient.
Currently there are 14,100 members in tourism and hospitality on ResearchGate. In Europe alone there are 5,400 members, 540 PhD holders, 1,700 who have postdocs and 1,250 with a senior career level.
If only 1% of the total 14,100 members would join EuroCHRIE or attend one of our conferences it would almost double our membership!
ResearchGate can provided targeted announcements and “inserts” inside hospitality and tourism audiences on the network to spread the word about EuroCHRIE. I will be exploring more of these tools and functions in the near future along with our Director of Membership.
If you have’t joined ResearchGate I encourage you to do so, membership is free. Simply visit www.researchgate.net, click “join for free”, define the type of researcher that you are, list your current academic institution and department, enter your contact details and include some of your major publications. After that you are free to build your profile and enjoy the network.