Similarly to the Lunch Pitches, speakers were asked to pick a problem, technique, dataset, or anything related to their research that they believe would benefit from external, interdisciplinary input. By focusing on the big picture of their issues, limiting the time they have to present, and giving them a a scientifically diverse audience, we hope to give the researchers involved a clearer understanding of their problem as well as unexpected ideas and potential collaboration opportunities.
This session differed from our open lunch pitches in that every audience member and presenter worked on some aspect of cell biology – so there was at least that common language. Would this give a better outcome or limit the possibilities for innovative suggestions? We also embedded the session in a regular time slot, instead of over lunch as we have done in the past, and the discussion groups went to separate rooms due to the number of attendees. Finally, we had 4 pitches instead of the 2 we have at lunch pitches.
Would you like to join IceLab’s next season of lunch pitches? We are looking for pitchers now for the 2018/2019 winter season. We could also organize a special pitch session for your meeting, workshop or conference. Get in touch and get the ball rolling!