Lunch Pitches: For the Love of New Ideas
Lunch Pitches help you bridge gaps between scientific disciplines and encourage new collaborative efforts. Think of the pitches as an idea collider. You’ve been working on a project just recently, or it’s something you’ve had on the back burner but haven’t been able to get off the ground. Take the essence of your work, slim it down to its core question and present that to a diverse, interested interdisciplinary gathering all happily munching on free sandwiches. You take 5 minutes presenting and then the rest of the lunch hour letting the ideas flow in between you and the audience in small group discussions. The most important thing is to reach a broad audience with a question, challenge, or method that will engage as many as possible. The Pitches were inspired by the NABC method to communicate ideas out of the Stanford Research Institute.
Watch past pitches here.
Pitch Season 2024: More or less every other week at 12pm during the spring term.
Pitch Dates: 14-Feb, 28-Feb, 13-Mar, 27-Mar, 10-Apr, 24-Apr, 8-May, 22-May, 5-Jun, 19-Jun
Location: KBC Glasburen.
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Hive Talks, Seminars, Popular Science Talks…
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.
Seminars are similar to regular research talks and are given by IceLab members, affiliates and guests when a deeper dive into a research topic is desired.
Popular science talks are an open introduction to an area an Icelabber or guest is interested in but is not an expert in. No limits!
Location: IceLab Living Room
IceLab Hackathons have three stages – first, pitch events to help ignite collaboration between researchers. The second stage aims to transform interdisciplinary sparks into feasible project plans with proof of concepts for ground-breaking interdisciplinary research by offering new project teams several days at a location away from Umeå in which to work together on creating a grant proposal. In the third stage, those teams take their proposals and go on to seek funding – thus taking half an idea to a fully realized, funded collaborative project.
Prior hackathons include the AI-Medical Hackathons, turning the hype of machine learning-powered precision medicine into actual science calls for collaboration between life-science researchers and data scientists. IceLab and the The Faculty of Medicine’s Council for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, MAI, Umeå University, collaborate to hold these events.
IceLab’s interdisciplinary nature lends itself to a great mix of courses taught by our team members. Find out a little bit more about the teaching activities going on and held in collaboration with IceLabbers.
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.
Past Books Include:
Deep Work – Cal Newport
The Science of Science – Dashun Wang and Albert-László Barabási
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know – Adam Grant.
What’s your message – Cam Barber
Ignorance – Stuart Firestein
Radical Focus – Christina Wodtke
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
Packing for Mars – Mary Roach
Artificial Intelligence: A guide for thinking humans – Melanie Mitchell
Scale – Geoffrey West
If you’d like to join the book club or suggest a title, get in touch! Josephine Solowiej-Wedderburn is our current book club coordinator.