One important way how to connect as a scientist with others in the field is to get invited to give a seminar talk. This usually encompasses a short 1-2 day trip filled with giving a seminar and meetings with faculty at the host institution. Typically travel is reimbursed and some places pay a symbolic stipend. I have experienced many flavors of these kind events and I would like to share with you some insights from behind the scenes in the hope that it helps junior faculty and trainee to better understand the process.
PS In case you are curious, this post is inspired by a truly outstanding visit I had at the University of Washington, organized by the graduate students of the neuroscience program.