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Take the opportunity to elaborate on your multidisciplinary research idea in a creative setting – apply no later than November 12

IceLab and the Medical Faculty invite you to take the spark of a collaborative research idea and turn it into a concrete research proposal in a stimulating setting.

The IceLab AI Medicine Hackathon’s first stage, the online AI Hackathon Pitch Event October 12th,  helped ignite collaboration between researchers in life science and medicine with AI researchers or data scientists that would otherwise not meet. The second stage now aims to transform interdisciplinary sparks into feasible project plans with proof of concepts for ground-breaking interdisciplinary research.

Do you have an idea for a data-driven research project? Have you initiated a promising conversation and possible new research collaboration between AI or data science and life sciences? Are you creative and open-minded? We welcome you and your new team to join us.

Even if you did not participate at the Hackathon on October 12, you are invited to apply to participate at the camp in Granö. We welcome all multidisciplinary research ideas including life science, data science and AI researchers! It is advantageous, but not a requirement, if you already have data available that can be explored during the camp. You also do not have to have a “formal” project team yet, as long as you have complementing representatives from both areas that are interested in developing a solution to a research question together. The AI Hackathon at Granö will help you take the next step.

Worried about COVID risk in this setting? We are taking some precautions to decrease risk, for example by having individual rooms at Granö Beckasin, encouraging mask use when we are in close proximity (on the bus, in close meetings), encouraging social distancing as much as possible.



Granö Beckasin, Umeälven

Not sure you can spend the night at Granö Beckasin? You can take your own car and drive yourself back after the day’s activities are done and then return in the morning.


Participants work in their newly-formed multidisciplinary teams to develop a research project and prepare a proposal outline. In between sessions of project work, we will sandwich in various exercises and interactive games to break open the boundaries of creativity. On the last day, we review each team’s proposal outline and provide constructive feedback.

Your team will then be ready to flesh out the proposal on your own time, and submit it to the Kempe-funded 2022 IceLab Multidisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship Project Call in May, or to another granting agency of your choosing.



AI Hackathon at Granö is fully funded to cover accommodation, meals, and travel from Umeå to Granö Beckasin for 3-5 teams, up to 20 researchers in total.


Send questions to Martin Rosvall


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