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Published: 26 Aug, 2015

IceLab organizes a creative camp for young scientists

NEWS Now is the time to apply for IceLab Camp. It is a four-day communication and creativity camp for young scientists. 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.

This fall IceLab Camp is organized for the fifth time.

"We have learned that participants become both excited and find it very rewarding, but we are obviously trying to improve things every year," says project leader Martin Rosvall, physicist and researcher at IceLab, Umeå University.

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, 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 14 to 17, at Kronlunds Kursgård by the Vindel rivel close Hällnäs about an hour from Umeå. IceLab covers accommodation, meals, and domestic travel costs. The course gives 2 ECTS.

About the application:

The deadline for applications is Monday, 31 August.Registration:

Learn more about IceLab camp:

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.

Facts about IceLab Camp:

IceLab Camp is a four-day long communication and creativity camp for master students, PhDs, and postdocs with an interest in conducting interdisciplinary science. Researchers from IceLab lead the camp with support from IceLab and KBC Kemiskt Biologiskt Centrum, Umeå University. Participants come from all over the world.

Editor: Ingrid Söderbergh