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Part of the excitement of attending ACerS meetings and conferences is making new friends and contacts. Some of these colleagues become your mentors. Some become partners and collaborators. And many end up becoming lifelong friends.
But how do you continue to stay in touch with these new contacts after the event is over, especially if they live hours—or even countries—away?
The American Ceramic Society is excited to announce a new online community exclusively for ACerS members—ACerS Member Community.
ACerS Member Community, accessed through your membership account on www.ceramics.org, is your place to follow up and stay connected with other members, but it’s also a lot more. In this new community you can:
- Communicate with other members between meetings
- Search the member database to find colleagues
- Follow up with new friends after a conference
- Send emails to your contacts—no more searching your inbox for lost emails!
- Create a poll, ask a question, or share an update
- Bookmark conversations for quick reference later
- Share documents with other members
- And much more!
Ready to start exploring ACerS Member Community?
Here are a few tips to get started:
- Review the welcome guide here
- Review the community guidelines here
- Log into your membership account at ceramics.org
- Navigate to the new community by choosing the Member Communities link in the main menu
- Once you’re in the community, click your name (top right) and go to your profile. Upload a head shot of yourself. It will make it easier for others to recognize you!
- Add your job title and a brief bio about yourself, including areas of research and anything else you want others to know about you
- Start exploring! Start a discussion, ask a question, or share something of value to the community
At this time we are starting off with community groups for the President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), the Young Professionals Network (YPN), and also the following ACerS Divisions: Art, Archaeology & Conservation Science, Electronics, and Engineering Ceramics.
We will be adding community groups for additional ACerS Divisions and member groups as we move forward. In the meantime, if you do not belong to any of the groups noted above you may still participate in the community by creating posts, asking questions, and connecting with your fellow ACerS members. After all, this is YOUR community.
What would you like to see in your new community? Email Yolanda Natividad, member engagement manager, at email@example.com with your feedback and questions!