Open Project Pitches
For the love of new ideas, IceLab created the Lunch Pitches, also known as Open Project Pitches. These pitches promote meetings between researchers from different institutions and disciplines, with the vision of letting ideas grow and new collaborations arise.
Think Big Picture – You want to reach a broad audience with your question to engage as many people in open discussion after your presentation.
Specific Question – Follow up your big picture question with a more specific question if you need to.
Lay Off the Slides – Ideally, you should be able to give this presentation with at MOST 5 slides: one slide for a hook, summarising the problem. One slide for a need that explains the basic problem. One slide for where you are in solving the problem. One slide with what you think you need at this stage. A final slide summarising the question.
5 Minutes Max – Keep people’s focus and avoid getting too technical by giving a short and sweet pitch.
Sign Up – Get in touch with Gabrielle Beans to sign up to give a pitch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you working on something and feel a little stuck? Do you have a nagging idea for research that you can’t quite get off the ground? Are you excited about a problem but you’re not sure why or what to do with it? You might need some fresh perspectives and – who knows – a new collaborator to work on the idea with you!
A Hive Talk gives you the chance to sketch out an unfinished but developed idea. It should not be finished work. It should not be something you have never thought about. It needs to be somewhere in the middle where you have thought about it but not yet fully worked on. Think part hobby, part thesis. The idea should be something that you would be interested in exploring scientifically and possibly publishing. Thus, it should not be so “out there” that it cannot be publishable science but it should also not be so integrated in your everyday work that you are the only one who can work on it. A very informal environment contributes to an open, easy chat about research directions with IceLabbers and visitors.
Minimal preparation – None on the part of the audience and ~30 minutes for the speaker.
Whiteboard – No slides. Just a white board so as to keep everything open and free to explore.
Open & Accessible – The point is to develop new collaborations and brainstorm an idea. Everyone should feel free to interpret the idea and suggest interesting directions. The idea should be presented in such a way that someone outside the field but scientifically literate can grasp it and make contributions.
Where – Within IceLab’s open meeting area
When – A Hive Talk will occur over a set time during the Hive Talk Season. Next season: Fall 2018.
Short – The presentation of the idea should take 5-15 minutes with discussion and questions bringing the total time to somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour.
If you’d like to join in on a Hive Talk, either to listen and chat or to present an idea and chat, get in touch with Gabrielle Beans to register your interest.
Datasets and Tech
Do you know of an interesting dataset (maybe yours, maybe open data) that is ripe for some research? In this activity, a presenter introduces a dataset they find interesting and opens up a discussion to brainstorm research ideas.
Any data – As long as it’s data, we want to hear about it. All data are welcome!
Where – So far dataset and tech talks have happened at IceLab.
When – So far dataset and tech talks have happened spontaneously, when a person has some data to discuss. However, we will be planning ahead and advertising these in the future so stay tuned!
Who – Anyone! We want you and your colleagues to use IceLab’s dataset and tech series to showcase and brainstorm about some data together.
Drop by or propose a session!
At the IceLab we give ourselves the space and time to consider and read about topics apparently unrelated to whatever research we are doing. We’ve read about productivity, taking rejection, communicating science, creating great presentations, and we’re open to suggestions! The Book Club meets once a week over lunch to chat about a chapter or two.
Select books we’ve read
- What’s your message – Cam Barber
- Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter – Nancy Baron
- Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business –Charles Duhigg
- slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations – Nancy Duarte
- Made to stick –Chip Heath, Dan Heath
- Craft of Research – W. Booth, G. G. Colomb, J. M. Williams
If you’d like to join the book club or suggest a title, get in touch with Gabrielle Beans to register your interest.
Unrestricted and fun! Each Friday we gather around and someone presents an interesting bit of research, a book, a TED talk, or even an ice-climbing adventure report to the rest of the IceLab, while enjoying a fika.
Anything goes – literally anything that the person organizing the fika wants to talk about is fair game.
Where – in the IceLab open meeting area
When – every Friday at 2:30pm
You’re welcome to join – come and enjoy fika with us! Just ask us a few days before.
We would love to hear about anything and everything. Ask us and drop in sometime!
IceLab Collaborative Event Experiments
IceLab is here to help other scientists reach across disciplines to find new ideas and collaborations. We experiment wildly with different event formats to help make this happen.