I left the deep-sea community after my PhD to learn the most cutting edge molecular techniques at the National Institutes of Health. Now that I'm back in a Marine Science Department (and my kids are a little older), I'm trying to get back out to sea and re-integrate into the deep-sea community.
The first formal reintegration step was to attend a DeSSC meeting. DeSSC - Deep Submergence Science Committee - is a group of deep-sea researchers that connect the scientists to the administrators to ensure that the science community has the assets it needs. Each year, there is an early career component to the DeSSC meeting. They will pay for new users and early career scientists to attend this meeting to familiarize them with what is available and make connections within the community. If you're interested, apply to go next year (always in December right before AGU conference).
Second formal step... bootcamp. I recently returned from an Alvin Bootcamp. We got a full tour of the renovated submarine and its amazing new capabilities... and most importantly were schooled on tricks and tips for integrating it into our research projects and proposals. They're really trying to set up the next generation for success and at the same time ensure long term success of the Alvin program.
I'll be putting two proposals/preproposals in this winter... here's hoping that I get back out in this workhorse in the sea. To the bottom of the drink....