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.
For more information: email@example.com
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:
The Science of Science – Dashun Wang and Albert-László Barabási
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know – Adam Grant.
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
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.
Unrestricted research fika on Tuesdays, and a social fika on Fridays, 2:30pm! We gather around and chat, and perhaps 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. The research fikas on Tuesdays can be connected to through Zoom.
Anything goes – Whatever you want to bring up is fine.
Where – in the IceLab open meeting area, and through Zoom for the research fikas on Tuesdays
When – Research Fika every Tuesday 2:30pm, Social Fika every Friday at 2:30pm
You’re welcome to join – come and enjoy fika with us!
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.
Hive Talk Season: Starting November 15th 2018 through February 28 2019 at 2:15pm.
Season Hive Talk Schedule
Hive Talk 2018-2019 Schedule
Location: IceLab Living Room
AI – Medical Hackathon
Turning the hype of machine learning-powered precision medicine into actual science calls for collaboration between life-science researchers and data scientists.
Since 2021 IceLab and the Medical Faculty at Umeå University have held joint AI Hackathons.
The IceLab AI Medicine Hackathon’s has three stages – first, a pitch event to help ignite collaboration between researchers in life science and medicine with AI researchers or data scientists that would otherwise not meet. 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.
2023 AI Hackathon Dates
Pitch Event: February 2nd
Deadline for applying to the Hackathon retreat at Lövångergården: February 9th
Hackathon at Lövångergården: February 22nd-24th