In the current technological age where information is only a simple press of a button away, people connect to each other on a myriad of platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Research Gate or Facebook. These networks are influential not only in bringing connections into an online domain but also in introducing people with similar interests to each other via interest groups and mediated introductions.
SSM, as an academic Society, could harness the power of the social networks to create depth and enhance community experience. The SSM network platform is based on research interests of the SSM members and can become a foundation for further development and integration of interactive technology in the future.
Currently, the SSM members find information about the Society via:
- SSM Website
- SSM & ECR Newsletter, Emails, Twitter, Facebook
- SSM Conference and other one-day events
- SSM & ECR Mentoring scheme
As a current member of the SSM, you will be able to access the Network Platform through a private and secure area of the website named Members Area, under the following link: http://www.hg3.co.uk/ssm/members.aspx.
Now, SSM members could find out information and research interests of other SSM members via the Network Platform, by selecting the Search heading. If you would like to connect with other SSM members on specialised professional interests within the SSM community, please select Forum discussion heading and introduce a key topic of interest (e.g. diet, mental health, policy).
For more information on how to use the Network Platform, please click the following links for further details: Network Platform FAQs, Step by Step User Guide, and the Network Platform Code of Conduct. These documents can also be downloaded from the Documents section of the SSM Members Area.