As I tread toward independence, I've heard lots of talk about how important collaborative science is. It not only helps bolster a fledgling career, but it is also good for Science. After all, we can't be experts in everything, so it's only natural to seek help from others.
But here's my question: What does it take to start a collaboration? I talk to people and present my work, but it seems to me that collaborations are few and far between. Is it just that I'm too junior to be taken seriously? Can anyone explain strategies that have/have not worked? Thanks!