In the 17th edition of INCITE we looked at what you should and shouldn’t do when working with other research groups.
DON’T be intimidated by rank; get chatting to senior people at meetings
DON’T just create a LinkedIn page and hope your collaborators will find you. 30 minutes of face time is more memorable than 30 minutes of email discussion.
DON’T expect your collaboration to be one-sided
DON’T be unrealistic about what you can achieve in collaboration. Create clear and realistic goals, and a division of labour.