Building a strong professional network will go a long way to ensuring you are a successful scientist. While colleagues in your field are a good starting point, don't forget other scientists in related fields, young students or postdocs, and even your professional society are good places to look for additions to that network.
In this area are resources of the following types.
- Identifying networking opportunities
- Becoming involved with journals
- Being selected for grant review boards
- Becoming involved in your professional society