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Lunch Pitches with Isolde Puts and Keith Larson

To encourage cross pollination of ideas between researchers from different disciplines, IceLab hosts interdisciplinary research lunches with the vision of allowing ideas to meet and mate. During the Lunch Pitch Season, the creative lunches take place at KBC on a Thursday.
Place: KBC Glasburen
Time: Thursday 16 March at 12:00.

Pitch 1: Isolde Puts: How to be wrong in the right way – together.

Researcher at Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

We cannot escape judging what is wrong and what is right in our everyday lives. This happens on a personal level, such as every-day food choices, who we spend time with, and our word choice, but also on a community level, such as discourses in scientific methods, art and aesthetics, law and philosophy. We base our judgements, or our ethics, on facts, norms and values. Nevertheless, the perception of what is right and wrong depends on the setting, and changes over time. Admitting this involves a certain uncertainty or insecurity, which is often seen as a weakness and thus gets in the way of a subjective evaluation of our judgements. This is opposite to what we try to achieve as scientists. How do we as internationals and scientists deal with this and what can we gain or lose from our ethics?

In this lunch pitch, I want to share my thoughts on how to be wrong in the right way, or how to create a (work) environment together where we feel safe to evaluate our judgements and ethics.


Pitch 2: Keith Larson: Collaboration in the Arctic: Why the Arctic Matters

Director at Arctic Centre at Umeå University (Arcum) and Project Coordinator for the Climate Impacts Research Centre (CIRC)

The Arctic is a region experiencing dramatic changes in terms of the impacts of climate change and the impacts of the global demand to transform carbon-based to green economies. Universities across the region provide unique expertise into a broad range of knowledge-based expertise from the social sciences, to humanities, medical, and natural sciences. In a region with multiple challenges, collaboration across disciplines can be a strong way to co-create new solutions. The Arctic Centre aims to create and support the conditions for trans-and interdisciplinary research at Umeå University and our partners at The Arctic Five and UArctic.


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