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IceLab Camp

IceLab Camp offers promising early career scientists from multiple disciplines the opportunity to bridge the traditional departmental boundaries of universities and initiate new cross-disciplinary collaborations.

  • Who – MS, PhD, and early stage Postdoctoral researchers, from anywhere in the world

  • How long – 4 days

  • Cost – FREE

  • Credits – 2ECTS credits.

  • Where – Gräno Beckasin upriver from Umeå surrounded by nature.

  • Contact – Martin Rosvall.

To approach research questions from different scientific directions through cumulative cycles of generation, analysis, rejection, and acceptance of ideas, and, in the collaborative process of repeatedly zooming in on the details and out on the big picture, improve each participant’s ability to express ideas, give and take constructive criticism, and interact with researchers from a wide range of backgrounds.

Participants work in multidisciplinary teams to develop, write, and present a small research project. We use the first day or two to converge on different research questions and the following days to find the best theoretical or experimental framework to answer those questions. On the last day, each team presents its approach. Between sessions of projectwork, we will sandwich in SciFoo2-­‐type opportunities to promote unconventional interaction and collaboration, presentations of several researchers’ biographies to highlight the wide variety of possible scientific careerpaths, and interactive games to break open the boundaries of creativity.

A few senior researchers will work as coaches/mediators to promote interactions and creative thinking.

Applicants are young researchers from universities in Sweden or abroad. Together with a CV, applicants should provide a summary of what they hope to gain from this event and how they would contribute to the collaborative outcome.

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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: gabriellebeans@umu.se

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!

The most important thing is to reach a broad audience with a question, challenge, or method that will engage as many as possible. You may use a broader question and a more specific one to also be concrete.
The Pitches were inspired by the NABC method to communicate ideas out of the Stanford Research Institute.
During the Lunch Pitch Season, Lunch Pitches will be held every other Tuesday at the KBC Focus Environment.  We work to fill the roster for future Pitches well ahead of time, so contact us right away if you’d like to take part!
Latest Lunch Pitch

Research Jams

Research Jams give you the chance to sketch out an unformed idea and brainstorm about it with IceLabbers.  A very informal environment contributes to an open, easy chat about research directions.

  • Whiteboard – No slides, just a whiteboard and a few markers

  • Where – Within IceLab’s open meeting area

  • Who – The audience is mostly IceLabbers, but anyone is welcome to come and give a research jam within the jam season.

  • When – Research jams will occur over a set time during the Jam Season. Check this space!

If you’d like to join in on a Research Jam, either to listen and chat or to present an idea and chat, get in touch with Gabrielle Beans to register your interest.

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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!

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Book Club

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.

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Friday Fika

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!

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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.

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