IceLab organizes a creative camp for young scientists

[2017-08-24] Now is the time to apply for IceLab Camp. It is a four-day communication and creativity camp for young scientists.

The studies take place in the natural surroundings of Granö beckasin. Photo: Martin Rosvall

”It is based on the idea that young researchers during their undergraduate training have practiced answering questions, but that they must also learn how to ask good questions to become skilled researchers”, says project leader Martin Rosvall, physicist and researcher at IceLab, Umeå University.

This fall IceLab Camp is organized for the seventh time.

"We have learned that participants become both excited and find it very rewarding, that is why I look forward to organizing a new camp every year," says Martin Rosvall.

Martin Rosvall organizes the camp each year because as a graduate student he was invited to a similar camp in France, experienced a real eye-opener, and decided to organize a camp when he had the opportunity. Thanks to Marianne Sommarin, former vice president for research, and KBC's graduate school, it became possible five years ago.

During the camp participants practice their creative skills through various exercises and games, and they end the week by writing and presenting short research proposals in interdisciplinary teams.

"The camp is aimed for graduate students, but also postdocs and nearly finished master's students with research interests are welcome to apply to IceLab Camp. Applicants from all disciplines in the natural sciences are welcome and we try to maximize the diversity”, says Martin Rosvall.

Up to 20 participants can be admitted to IceLab Camp. About two-thirds of the participants are usually from Umeå University and the rest from other Swedish and foreign universities. This year IceLab Camp takes place September 11 to 14, at Granö Beckasin by Ume river in Granö about an hour from Umeå. IceLab covers accommodation, meals, and domestic travel costs. The course gives 2 ECTS.

Facts about IceLab:

IceLab is an interdisciplinary research environment at Umeå University. It was founded in 2010 as a joint initative by the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, and the Department of Physics. Icelab's mission is to engage in cross-cutting research and education in areas where the quantitative sciences, social sciences, and life sciences intersect.

Researchers in IceLab make models and simulations to understand questions that ecologists, biologists, psychologists, and sociologists typically work with in isolation in their own disciplines.

About the application:

The deadline for application is 31 August.


Editor: Ingrid Söderbergh

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