In such a specialized field, it may be rare that there will be collueges doing the same kind of work in your institution. This, however, does not mean you are alone. Email list groups are a great way to keep up with professional trends and build bonds with the large community.

It can also be a great idea to join some lists as a student to get a preview of the kind of issues you may be dealing with in your career as well as find potential contacts for the future.