The most helpful information will be a written summary of your problem (including your primary objective). Additional information that you feel would make the initial meeting more productive can be attached to the request form:
- a copy of a research proposal (particularly sections that define the objectives of your research and the study design).
- a copy of reference article/paper
- a diagram of the experimental layout and/or a map of areas to be sampled.
- possible limitations in materials or time
At the initial meeting, the consultant will try to get a good understanding of your project (this is necessary before any advice can be offered). In order to avoid giving you incorrect advice, the consultant will need to ask about many details of your study – more details than you may think are needed.