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Event Experiments

Here in IceLab we love creating opportunities for minds to meet and mesh.  We want open ideas and methods to transcend traditional disciplines and find new paths together through our event experiments.  We are looking for you to bring your brain to bear on these!  Current event types include IceLab lunch pitches, hive talks, data and tech talks, book club, friday fika and regular seminars.

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 2023: More or less every other Thursday at 12pm during the spring term.

Next Pitch: November 15, February 17, March 3, March 16, March 30, (pause over spring break), April 27, May 11, May 25, June 8.

Location: KBC Glasburen.

For more information: gabrielle.beans@umu.se

Lunch Pitches

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.

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

If you’d like to join the book club or suggest a title, get in touch! Viktor Jonsson is our current book club coordinator.

IceLab Fikas

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!

Hive 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.

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

Hive Talks

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!

Upcoming Events

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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